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One Man’s Story Shows Why Medi-Cal Must Provide Whole-Person Care
September 15, 2016
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
Experts in Sacramento for a CHCF briefing shared important perspectives on the importance of changing the way Medi-Cal promotes coordinated treatment of mind and body.
Turning the Tide on California’s Opioid Epidemic
September 2, 2016
Sandra R. Hernández
Opioid Safety, Telehealth
The human toll of the opioid epidemic has been staggering, and the US surgeon general has given the nation a wake-up call. Sandra Hernández explains CHCF's statewide strategy and tactics to put an end to this tragedy.
Making Tech Innovation Work in Health Care
August 31, 2016
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
August 23, 2016
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?
August 6, 2016
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
August 2, 2016
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
August 2, 2016
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
July 18, 2016
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
July 8, 2016
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.