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Examining the Effects of Electronic Consults on Primary Care Providers
October 29, 2019
Investing in Innovation
Far more patients with low incomes seek specialty care than there are specialists to help them. A physician describes one tonic for California's overtaxed specialty referral system.
New California Data Resource Highlights Need for Bold Action on Health Disparities
October 25, 2019
Ernest Moy, Donna L. Washington
Nowhere is the need to measure racial and ethnic health disparities greater than in California, one of the few states where people of color compose the majority of the population.
Five Victories for Public Health: Courts Enjoin the Public Charge Rule
October 22, 2019
Wendy E. Parmet
Five federal district courts have issued preliminary injunctions against the Trump administration’s public charge rule. The actions blocked a policy expected to reduce immigrants’ access to health care, burden safety-net providers, and jeopardize public health in immigrant communities.
For Community Health Centers, a Hands-On Guide to Building Partnerships
October 15, 2019
CHCF has a new guide that uses insights, exercises, and examples to help community health center professionals build more effective, longer-lasting partnerships with other organizations.
Highly Anticipated Trial to Determine If Consolidation Is Driving Up Costs
October 14, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Care Costs, Providers
Stories That Caught Our Attention: A landmark antitrust case that is playing out in San Francisco Superior Court will determine whether Sutter Health has exploited its market dominance in Northern California to squash competition and drive up health care prices.
Market Consolidation on Trial
October 3, 2019
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing, Providers
On the eve of a trial over alleged anticompetitive practices by a California health care system, a new CHCF study traces the correlation between health industry consolidation and prices paid by consumers.
When It Comes to C-Sections, All Hospitals Are Not the Same
September 30, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Maternal Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Take a look at America's cesarean section capital to see how challenging it is to reduce surgical childbirth for low-risk, first-time mothers.
White House Puts National Spotlight on California Homelessness
September 23, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: President Trump's new interest in California’s homelessness crisis has state officials questioning why White House proposals neglect key drivers of the problem.
Can Behavioral Health Entrepreneurs Finally Break Through?
September 20, 2019
Investing in Innovation, Behavioral Health
In 2018, health tech start-ups raised nearly $400 million in funding for technology investments related to behavioral health. In what areas are innovators making genuine progress?