The CHCF Blog
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The $100,000 Challenge: Harnessing Innovation to Enhance Medicaid Performance
Enter the Health Innovation Fund's ACAP Medicaid Innovation Challenge. We're looking for one good company to help health plans make it easier for Medicaid recipients to access needed care and resources.
How CHCF’s Leadership Program Reinvigorated Two Stellar Careers
Patient-Centered Care, Workforce
Ann Lindsay, MD, and her husband, Alan Glaseroff, MD, might not have developed new ways to care for complex patients if they hadn't participated in CHCF's two-year leadership program.
Success of eConsult Implementation Depends on Workflow
Patient-Centered Care, Providers, Telehealth
The eConsult system has been successful in Los Angeles County, but health plans adopting it elsewhere should consider the lessons learned by Partnership HealthPlan in California.
Shalala: What I Learned About How Hard It Is to Reform Health Care
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
The political strife around repealing the ACA is no surprise to those who chased earlier health reform plans. A former HHS secretary recounts the difficulty of achieving a major domestic policy overhaul.
Californians in Individual Market Spent $2,500 Less on Care in 2015 Than Before the ACA
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are discussing eliminating ACA premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions — a move that would hit California hard.
California Cost & Quality Atlas Helps Map Path to Higher-Value Care
Health Care Costs
When it comes to health care services, geographic differences in cost and quality are neither expected nor valued — and now researchers are compiling and sharing data that could help reduce disparities.
Medi-Cal: A Lifeline for Former Foster Youth in California
More than 18,000 former foster youth in California are covered by Medicaid (Medi-Cal) under the ACA until age 26, and 74,000 former foster youth are projected to be enrolled nationwide this year. They are waiting to see if leaders in Washington try to alter their benefits.
Celebrate the Survival of the ACA’s Principles, But Remain on Guard
Sandra R. Hernández
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was abandoned last week, but CHCF will be vigilant and on alert as forces continue trying to roll back the gains California achieved under the law.
How California Can Meet the Challenge of Accurately Diagnosing Autism
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Hundreds of low-income children suspected of having autism spectrum disorder are being diagnosed more accurately and more rapidly through a trailblazing program in the Inland Empire.
Rural Pregnant Women with Opioid Addiction Find a Doctor, Not a Judge
Maternal Health, Opioid Safety
Candy Stockton, MD, saw the chance to make a big difference in her rural Northern California community: treating pregnant women with opioid addiction to help two generations at once.