The CHCF Blog
The California Health Care Foundation draws on experts from inside and outside CHCF to share their health policy insights on this blog.
Making Tech Innovation Work in Health Care
Telehealth, Investing in Innovation
The CHCF Health Innovation Fund sees many companies with a lot of ideas, and it can be hard to tell what will break through. Here are six things startups can do to avoid significant roadblocks and bureaucratic red tape.
Reining in California’s Skyrocketing Diabetes Epidemic
Medi-Cal, Health Care Costs
Diabetes cost California an estimated $24.5 billion in 2011 and its cost could climb to $39 billion by 2021. Remarkably, California spends only three cents per person each year on diabetes prevention — less than any other state.
How Will the Nation’s First Organized Delivery System for Drug Treatment Services in Medicaid Succeed?
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
The California Senate Office of Research points out some of the hurdles that must be overcome in the implementation of Medi-Cal's new approach to drug treatment services.
We Can’t Let the Supreme Court’s Latest Ruling on Immigration Hurt Medi-Cal Expansion
Mayra Alvarez, Sandra Rossato
Medi-Cal, Insurance Coverage
California has been a leader in advancing important policies for immigrants, but more work needs to be done. Immigrants are part of the fabric of society, and we must keep pushing the envelope.
California Employers Continue Offering Insurance but Fewer Workers Enroll
Insurance Coverage, Payment & Financing
The share of employers who offer insurance to their employees remained stable in California between 2013 and 2015. But the share of eligible employees who chose to enroll dropped from 86.4% to 80.2%.
When Dialysis Is the Wrong Approach to End-Stage Kidney Disease
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
A California nephrologist argues that doctors should stop reflexively putting all elderly kidney patients on a regimen that may extend their lives but could degrade their quality of life.
Drop in Percentage of Physicians Participating in Medi-Cal Raises Red Flags
Payment & Financing, Workforce
Physicians' willingness to treat Medi-Cal beneficiaries is critical to ensuring Medi-Cal enrollees have adequate access to care. Without a sufficient number of doctors serving Medi-Cal beneficiaries, Medi-Cal enrollees may not be able to receive care in a timely manner.
Alternative Energy: Here’s What Happens When California Consumers Join the Fight to Protect Patients from Medical Harm
Betsy Imholz, Lisa McGiffert
Passionate consumers are making a difference in California as they raise their voices to make government and health care providers more accountable for patient safety.