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In Telehealth, a Window to Our Future Workforce
March 26, 2018
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.
The Individual Mandate Penalty Is Ending. Californians May Pay the Price.
March 13, 2018
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
With the individual mandate penalty scheduled to be removed next year, a new Harvard study projects a significant impact on both California and the nation.
Community Paramedicine Projects Continue to Deliver Big Benefits
March 12, 2018
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
March 5, 2018
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
March 1, 2018
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
February 23, 2018
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.
In Contest of Firms Vying to Enhance Care in Medicaid, the Winner Is AbleTo
February 15, 2018
Medi-Cal, Behavioral Health, Workforce, Telehealth
The company that beat out more than 70 competitors believes that a person’s physical and mental well-being are inextricably linked.
Why Medicaid Is an Untapped Opportunity for Innovation
February 13, 2018
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.
February 8, 2018
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.
Health Care Is a Universal Value. It’s Time for a Universal Effort.
February 7, 2018
Sandra R. Hernández
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
Sandra R. Hernández: Too many low-income Californians are held back or suffer because it is difficult to get the care they need. There are clear ways to make health care work for low-income Californians – if we work together across sectors, across professions, and across ideological camps.
The Arduous Road to Renewal of CHIP Funding
February 6, 2018
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce
After months of delays, Congress and the White House finally agreed to a six-year funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) — much to the relief of millions of children and pregnant women, as well as state officials across the country. Two health policy experts trace the tortuous path to approval.
Prime for Disruption
February 2, 2018
Kara Carter, Kristof Stremikis
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. jolted Wall Street with a joint venture designed to reduce health care costs. Technology alone is not sufficient to solve the cost problem. Leaders also need to pull policy levers, fix payment systems, and spark collaboration between purchasers.