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.
In Stylebook, AP Directs Its Reporters: Addiction Is a “Disease”
Experts on addiction treatment long ago dropped the stigmatizing words "addict" and "substance abuser." Now the influential Associated Press has recognized addiction as a disease, not a moral failing.
ACA’s Impact: Fewer Uninsured in Most Congressional Districts
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
With the intensifying debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act, this timely analysis provides data about changes in the uninsured population between 2013 and 2015 by congressional district.
CHCF Health Care Forum: Charting a Course in Uncertain Times
CHCF's Health Care Forum and 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 8 brought together leaders from health care delivery and health policy to share ideas for making meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California. Read a summary and watch video of the day's events.
As People Leave Jail and Prison, Clinics Connect Them to Needed Health Services
Jane Garcia, David Panush
Under the ACA, many people leaving jail are newly eligible for Medi-Cal, and some forward-thinking clinics are helping them access care that is profoundly improving their lives.
The $100,000 Challenge: Harnessing Innovation to Enhance Medicaid Performance
Enter the Health Innovation Fund's ACAP Medicaid Innovation Challenge. We're looking for one good company to help health plans make it easier for Medicaid recipients to access needed care and resources.
How CHCF’s Leadership Program Reinvigorated Two Stellar Careers
Patient-Centered Care, Workforce
Ann Lindsay, MD, and her husband, Alan Glaseroff, MD, might not have developed new ways to care for complex patients if they hadn't participated in CHCF's two-year leadership program.
Success of eConsult Implementation Depends on Workflow
Patient-Centered Care, Providers, Telehealth
The eConsult system has been successful in Los Angeles County, but health plans adopting it elsewhere should consider the lessons learned by Partnership HealthPlan in California.
Shalala: What I Learned About How Hard It Is to Reform Health Care
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
The political strife around repealing the ACA is no surprise to those who chased earlier health reform plans. A former HHS secretary recounts the difficulty of achieving a major domestic policy overhaul.
Californians in Individual Market Spent $2,500 Less on Care in 2015 Than Before the ACA
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are discussing eliminating ACA premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions — a move that would hit California hard.
California Cost & Quality Atlas Helps Map Path to Higher-Value Care
Health Care Costs
When it comes to health care services, geographic differences in cost and quality are neither expected nor valued — and now researchers are compiling and sharing data that could help reduce disparities.