Want a quick look at some of the issues that CHCF is working on? We’ve curated these collections of our research and analyses related to recent developments and topics of current interest.
Most Popular Publications: July 2018
CHCF's readers were interested in a broad selection of topics in July, with a continuing focus on health care costs and workforce supply. The California Improvement Network's summer publication, with its practical advice and resources for health care providers tackling the social needs that impact health, garnered particular interest.
Most Popular Blogs: July 2018
Anthony Bourdain's story continued to bring readers to the blog this month, while our interview with congressional legend Henry Waxman garnered significant interest. As always, our stories from the front lines of health care — this month in San Diego's battle against the opioid epidemic and a doctor's view of dialysis at the end of life — caught attention.
Expanding Coverage to All Californians
Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
California is in the midst of critical health policy discussions about how to achieve the long sought-after goal of covering every person in the state. While the insured rate has risen to 93% under the ACA, around three million Californians continue to live without health coverage.
Community Paramedicine in California
A locally designed, community-based model of care, community paramedicine enables collaborations between emergency medical service and other health care and social service providers. Community paramedics complete specialized training and work under medical control as part of a local team of providers.
The Lean Approach in Health Care
Traditionally found in manufacturing, Lean is an approach to organizational redesign that focuses on the elimination of waste (think staff, time, money, and space). Learn how the Lean approach has been used in California’s public hospitals and safety-net system.
Webinar Series — Support for Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (Project SHOUT)
Hospitalizations for people with opioid use disorder represent an ideal time to start treatment. Project SHOUT helps hospitals start buprenorphine and methadone services, with coaching from UCSF specialists.
Health Implications of the Tax Bill
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Medi-Cal
The federal tax bill passed and signed into law in December 2017 will have major consequences for health care. It repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which is projected to increase the number of uninsured in California by as much as 1.8 million in 2025. It also could lead to major cuts to Medicaid.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Behavioral Health, Opioid Safety
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction combines medication with behavioral health services. It has been shown to not only save lives but also increase recovery rates. Still, today only 1 in 10 of those who need this treatment can access it. CHCF is working to increase the availability of MAT across the health care system. Here are some of our recent MAT resources.