The CHCF Blog
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Addiction Treatment Comes to the Emergency Department
May 17, 2018
In emergency rooms, people with opioid addiction are usually treated for their symptoms and referred to addiction treatment providers. Imagine instead if those patients were treated on the spot for the underlying disease of addiction.
More High-Touch Than High-Tech, Providers Show Up at Seniors’ Front Doors
May 14, 2018
Workforce, Telehealth, Patient-Centered Care
The population of seniors is growing rapidly while the physician supply shrinks — especially among primary care doctors and geriatricians. Many health care organizations are exploring a surprising solution: old-fashioned house calls mixed with new technology.
Exploring Mother Country
May 11, 2018
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: Mothers suffering from substance use disorder are given the care they need through a residential treatment center that helps mother and child at once. Also, diverse patient groups chase the holy grail of culturally competent care.
In Humboldt County, Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic Bring Progress
May 11, 2018
Humboldt County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but recent media coverage missed significant, successful steps local leaders have taken to stem the tide. (Aerial photo of Humboldt Bay: Robert Campbell)
Essential Coverage: The Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week
May 4, 2018
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Health Care Costs
Welcome to the first edition of Essential Coverage. Every Friday, we’ll send you into the weekend with a recap of stories we found worth reading — stories covering all our topics, from health reform to maternal health, to opioid safety, and much more.
Underfunded Residency Programs Spur Local Efforts to Ease Doctor Shortage
May 3, 2018
Federal residency funding has remained stagnant for decades while the number of medical schools increases and doctors from other countries arrive to compete for positions in training. A physician describes the implications. (Photo: Dean Ishida/UCLA)
Herrmann Spetzler Remembered as “Visionary” Who Developed California Rural Clinics
May 1, 2018
Spetzler's unexpected death shocked a rural community that had coalesced around his charismatic personality and irresistible vision for a health care system accessible to everyone regardless of income.
Refreshed California Improvement Network Set to Spread Ideas for Better Care
April 26, 2018
Workforce, Providers, Patient-Centered Care
Boasting a new program office, a strong slate of partners, and refreshed agenda of focused topic areas, the California Improvement Network is working with renewed energy to spread innovation in care delivery.
First Lady Barbara Bush’s Treatment Decision — and the Words Behind It
April 19, 2018
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
As a society, we often struggle with nuance around complex ideas that mean different things to different people, especially with subjects we don’t want to face. End-of-life care is one of them.
New CHCF Investment Streamlines Care Coordination in the Safety Net
April 18, 2018
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange
Health care providers cannot effectively coordinate a patient’s care without access to a shared set of accurate clinical information about that patient. That’s what Collective Medical aims to provide, and that’s why it has received the CHCF Health Innovation Fund’s latest program-related investment.
What Does Alex Azar’s Plan for Value-Based Care Really Mean?
April 9, 2018
Billy Wynne, Taylor Cowey
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
Policymakers and health care stakeholders are eager to see how Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s actions square with his ambitious rhetoric about using "value-based transformation" to reinvent the US health care system.
For Better Outcomes and Significant Savings, Medi-Cal Must Pay Health Plans Differently
April 4, 2018
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
April 3, 2018
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.
Many Californians Have Coverage, but Not Care, for Mental Health Conditions
March 28, 2018
Catherine Teare, Robbin Gaines
Mental health disorders are among the most common chronic illnesses that people face, in the US and here in California, yet too many people miss out on treatment.