The CHCF Blog
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If Addiction Had No Stigma, and Treatment Were Widely Available, Would the Outcome for Prince Have Been Different?
May 9, 2016
Before his death, Prince reportedly faced significant obstacles to obtaining timely and effective treatment for an addiction to painkillers.
Medical Schools Transform Teaching Methods to Strengthen, Sharpen Health Care Workforce
April 27, 2016
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
California medical schools are deeply involved in updating their models to reflect new knowledge and to meet the evolving needs of the populations they serve.
Medi-Cal’s 50-Year Journey from Narrow Welfare Program to Engine of Change in California Health Care
April 20, 2016
Sandra R. Hernández
The golden anniversary of the state's Medicaid program is a time to reflect on progress made in caring for new populations and to consider ways to ensure it gives all Californians the care they need when they need it.
Former California Legislative Analyst Liz Hill, Renowned Straight Shooter, Turns Her Focus to Health Policy
April 19, 2016
After 22 years navigating state political waters, the respected policy expert recounts a career built on data, and explains why she chose to serve on CHCF's board.
Cancer Surgery at Low-Volume Hospitals in California
March 21, 2016
Laurence Baker, Maryann O’Sullivan
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
Although it's been clear for many years that volume is an important consideration in the quality of surgery, patients continue to use health care providers that perform few procedures.
Only Skin Deep: Why Patients Don’t Shop for Health Care
March 11, 2016
Health insurance companies for many years have put forth theories about consumers price-shopping for health care services, but their notions aren't borne out by research in the field.
Teaming Up to Transform Care in the Safety Net
February 26, 2016
Patient-Centered Care, Medi-Cal
The CHCF Health Innovation Fund helps Landmark Health road-test a model of team care in California that upends the fee-for-service paradigm by delivering in-home services to patients with complex conditions.
Firehouse Clinic’s Convenience Rewrites Story of Underserved Population in Hayward
February 23, 2016
Alameda County's newest community clinic has just opened, and its extended clinic hours, smart design, and strategic location enable providers to deliver convenient care to residents who need it.
Federal Task Force Takes Major Step to Unite Care of Body and Mind
February 10, 2016
Sandra R. Hernández
Behavioral Health, Maternal Health
An influential US panel changed the game with its new recommendation that doctors should screen everyone over age 18 for signs of depression — including pregnant and postpartum women.