On July 13 a panel of experts gathered in Sacramento to discuss key recommendations from a new CHCF-commissioned Manatt Health paper, Moving Medi-Cal Forward on the Path to Delivery System Transformation. Much of the conversation centered around the call to intensify efforts to coordinate care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with serious mental illness (SMI). Dr. Brad Gilbert, CEO of the San Bernardino-based Inland Empire Health Plan and a CHCF board member, got everyone’s attention with a story about the consequences for one man when the system failed to coordinate his care.
Hear his story in the video below.
As Dr. Gilbert’s story illustrates, when counties and managed care plans fail to coordinate care, patients suffer. It also costs the program. Five percent of Medi-Cal enrollees account for 51% of Medi-Cal costs. Almost half of these high-need enrollees have a mental illness.
At the same briefing, Manatt Health’s Cindy Mann spoke in more detail of the structural barriers that can impede care coordination. Watch another video here.
Read Manatt Health’s recommendations for change in Moving Medi-Cal Forward and watch the video of the July 13 briefing. You can also share your thoughts about Dr. Gilbert’s story on social media using the hashtag #MediCal4ward.
Anne Sunderland is the senior communications officer for CHCF’s Improving Access team, which works to improve access to coverage and care for low-income Californians.
Prior to joining CHCF, Anne was communications manager at the Public Health Institute (PHI). Working closely with PHI’s senior management, researchers, and project directors, Anne developed and implemented strategic communications initiatives to lift the visibility of PHI’s work to key policymakers, funders, and industry leaders. Anne brings experience in health care financing and delivery, with previous positions as an analyst at Blue Shield of California and a health planner at La Clínica de La Raza, a Bay Area federally qualified health center. She also served as senior editor at the Institute for Global Health at UCSF. Her writing on health issues has been published by the Institute of Medicine and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other outlets. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley.