Voluntary Behavioral Health Integration in Medi-Cal: What Can Be Achieved Under Current Law
Anil Shankar, Diane Ung
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
This paper was prepared by two attorneys with extensive experience in structuring Medicaid financing for safety-net providers. It explores different contracting structures through which a county could lead efforts to create opportunities for integration of physical and behavioral health care.
California’s Midwives: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care
Healthforce Center at UCSF
To ensure that women’s health care needs are met, national organizations recommend that the midwifery workforce increase. This paper provides information on the different professional licensures, regulatory schemes, and scopes of practice for midwives in California and briefly reviews how midwifery regulations differ across other states.
A Hands-On Guide to Cultural Integration in Community Health Partnerships and Alliances
This guidebook aims to help community health organizations successfully integrate organizational cultures when forging partnerships. Tools include actionable insights, hands-on exercises, and real-world examples.
A Close Look at Medi-Cal Managed Care: Statewide Quality Trends from the Last Decade
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF
This report examines the quality of care provided by Medi-Cal managed care plans between 2009 and 2018. In addition to reporting on overall trends in performance, this report also examines differences by type of ownership (public, nonprofit, for-profit) and model of managed care.
A Close Look at Medi-Cal Managed Care: Stories of Quality Improvement Success
Athena Chapman, Caroline Davis
This paper highlights examples of Medi-Cal managed care plans that have made significant progress on individual quality-of-care measures. The paper identifies several common, interconnected strategies that were key to improving quality and provides concrete examples of how plans put these strategies into place.
The Sky’s the Limit
Richard M. Scheffler, Daniel R. Arnold, Brent D. Fulton
Health Care Costs
California pays significantly more for common health care services than the rest of the country, and the gap has been widening. A critical factor in the fast growth of prices is market concentration — including hospital consolidation and physician integration — which has been proliferating in the state. The Sky’s the Limit: Health Care Prices and Market Consolidation in California looks at the data and the policies that can be considered to address this serious concern.
California’s POLST Electronic Registry Pilot
Patient-Centered Care, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
From 2016 to 2018, a pilot project tested the feasibility of creating a statewide electronic registry for POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms in California. This publication offers lessons for all stakeholders interested in pursuing electronic exchange of POLST across care settings.
2019 Edition — California Employer Health Benefits
Workers who have health insurance through their employer bear a portion of the costs for their health care. This quick reference guide presents data from the 2018 California Employer Health Benefits Survey.
Lessons from Three States — Expanding the Role of Nurse Practitioners in California
This fact sheet summarizes how Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico have expanded practice authority for nurse practitioners. CHCF hosted a briefing on May 6, 2019, with experts from these states on what California can learn about nurse practitioners and expanded practice authority.
Buprenorphine: An Overview for Clinicians
Scott Steiger, Triveni DeFries
Buprenorphine, an FDA-approved medication for addiction treatment and pain relief, cuts opioid overdose death rates in half. Yet the majority of people with opioid use disorder do not receive this medication-assisted treatment. This document provides answers to frequently asked questions and aims to increase provider comfort with prescribing buprenorphine.
2019 Edition — California’s County-Based Health Plans
The state's county-based health plans are public entities organized through one or more counties to ensure that Medi-Cal enrollees, and in some cases county employees and Covered California enrollees, receive comprehensive care. Where are these plans and who do they cover? How have they changed between 2012 and 2018?
Infographic: Tech-Enabled Innovation in Medicaid
Investing in Innovation
This interactive infographic highlights the areas within Medicaid where technology-enabled solutions can have the greatest impact, according to the more than 100 stakeholders that CHCF convened through its Primed Roundtable Series.
Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health in Medicaid Managed Care
Logan Kelly, Michelle Conway, Michelle Herman Soper
This brief distills insights from providers in three states — Arizona, New York, and Washington — that have recently transitioned to integrated managed care for physical and behavioral health conditions. It was written by the Center for Health Care Strategies with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and CHCF.