The CHCF Blog
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Underfunded Residency Programs Spur Local Efforts to Ease Doctor Shortage
May 3, 2018
Federal residency funding has remained stagnant for decades while the number of medical schools increases and doctors from other countries arrive to compete for positions in training. A physician describes the implications. (Photo: Dean Ishida/UCLA)
Herrmann Spetzler Remembered as “Visionary” Who Developed California Rural Clinics
May 1, 2018
Spetzler's unexpected death shocked a rural community that had coalesced around his charismatic personality and irresistible vision for a health care system accessible to everyone regardless of income.
Refreshed California Improvement Network Set to Spread Ideas for Better Care
April 26, 2018
Workforce, Providers, Patient-Centered Care
Boasting a new program office, a strong slate of partners, and refreshed agenda of focused topic areas, the California Improvement Network is working with renewed energy to spread innovation in care delivery.
First Lady Barbara Bush’s Treatment Decision — and the Words Behind It
April 19, 2018
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
As a society, we often struggle with nuance around complex ideas that mean different things to different people, especially with subjects we don’t want to face. End-of-life care is one of them.
New CHCF Investment Streamlines Care Coordination in the Safety Net
April 18, 2018
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange
Health care providers cannot effectively coordinate a patient’s care without access to a shared set of accurate clinical information about that patient. That’s what Collective Medical aims to provide, and that’s why it has received the CHCF Health Innovation Fund’s latest program-related investment.
What Does Alex Azar’s Plan for Value-Based Care Really Mean?
April 9, 2018
Billy Wynne, Taylor Cowey
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
Policymakers and health care stakeholders are eager to see how Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s actions square with his ambitious rhetoric about using "value-based transformation" to reinvent the US health care system.
For Better Outcomes and Significant Savings, Medi-Cal Must Pay Health Plans Differently
April 4, 2018
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
California can strengthen its use of payment as a tool to drive performance improvements and create greater value in the Medi-Cal program, and to enhance care for Medi-Cal's more than 13 million members.
California’s Unfinished Business: Addressing Health Care Costs
April 3, 2018
Health Care Costs
Many of our health policy debates are consequences of an unaffordable health care system. It's important for California to join other states in addressing the problem of why health care costs so much.
Many Californians Have Coverage, but Not Care, for Mental Health Conditions
March 28, 2018
Catherine Teare, Robbin Gaines
Mental health disorders are among the most common chronic illnesses that people face, in the US and here in California, yet too many people miss out on treatment.
In Telehealth, a Window to Our Future Workforce
March 26, 2018
Workforce, Behavioral Health, Telehealth
A growing number of medical visits in California are being conducted through telehealth or telemedicine technology, which enables providers to care for people who live far from medical specialists.
The Individual Mandate Penalty Is Ending. Californians May Pay the Price.
March 13, 2018
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
With the individual mandate penalty scheduled to be removed next year, a new Harvard study projects a significant impact on both California and the nation.
Community Paramedicine Projects Continue to Deliver Big Benefits
March 12, 2018
Evaluation by UCSF shows that California's community paramedicine pilot projects have improved coordination between providers, reduced preventable treatment, and resulted in no adverse outcomes for patients. (Evaluation highlights released May 2018.)
California’s Policy Options: Making Individual Market Coverage More Affordable
March 5, 2018
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education has released a report detailing affordability concerns of Californians seeking individual market coverage. It also outlines five policy options that could move the state closer to universal coverage.
Seven Partnerships to Strengthen Community Health Centers
March 1, 2018
Providers, Payment & Financing
In California, the smaller community health centers that need the most support are the least likely to get it, and that poses a risk for the thousands of low-income Californians who rely on them. As California’s entire health care safety net moves forward, we can’t leave these smaller centers and their patients behind.