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For Better Outcomes and Significant Savings, Medi-Cal Must Pay Health Plans Differently
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
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.
In Telehealth, a Window to Our Future Workforce
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.
Community Paramedicine Projects Continue to Deliver Big Benefits
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
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
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.
How a California Healthline Grad Grounded the High-Flying HHS Secretary
Dan Diamond planned to become a US diplomat, but instead he wound up as a journalist at CHCF's California Healthline. After moving to POLITICO, he unearthed the story that forced the resignation of the Trump Administration's top health official.
Why Medicaid Is an Untapped Opportunity for Innovation
Behavioral Health, Investing in Innovation
Physician Andrey Ostrovsky learned a lot as an entrepreneur and during a stint as chief medical officer at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Melissa Buckley, director of the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, asked him to share insights about opportunities and pitfalls in the Medicaid space.
California Lawmakers Asked CHCF How to Improve Access to Care in Medi-Cal. Here’s What We Told Them.
Chris Perrone, director of CHCF's Improving Access team, told the California Legislature how Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected access to care for people who rely on the program.