Medi-Cal Win-Win: Surging Enrollment Fosters Investment in the Safety Net
Pacific Health Consulting Group
Increased Medi-Cal enrollment since ACA implementation was a game-changer for public plans and safety-net clinics. This research examines plans' investment in clinics and the outlook for the future.
Major Transition with Minor Disruption: Moving Undocumented Children from Healthy Kids to Full-Scope Medi-Cal
Low-income, undocumented children soon will be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal, but some already have other coverage. How can the state minimize care disruptions during this transition?
Tapping into Digitized Behavioral Therapy: Lessons from the Safety Net
Behavioral Health, Providers
Patients with depression or chronic pain may be helped by computerized cognitive behavioral therapy. Two pilot tests in safety-net clinics point to barriers and their solutions.
Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care
Kelley Queale, Kate Meyers
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care, Workforce
This status report describes California's progress over the past decade in end-of-life care, as measured against the Institute of Medicine's 2014 recommendations, and looks at the challenges that remain.
Locally Sourced: The Crucial Role of Counties in the Health of Californians
Deborah Reidy Kelch
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
A lot of health care happens in our own backyards. This report looks at the role of California's counties in providing health services for our state's most vulnerable residents.
Opportunity Costs and Disparities in Time Spent Seeking Care in the United States
Kristin Ray, Amalavoyal Chari, John Engberg, Marnie Bertolet, Ateev Mehrotra
Telehealth, Patient-Centered Care
In 2010, people in the US spent 1.1 billion hours seeking health care for themselves or for loved ones. That time was worth $52 billion.
Directory Assistance: Maintaining Reliable Provider Directories for Health Plan Shoppers
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage, Patient-Centered Care
Inaccurate provider directories can thwart consumers' efforts to make informed health coverage decisions. What can California learn from other states about maintaining provider directories?
Five Ways to Pay: Palliative Care Payment Options for Plans and Providers
Nancy Wise, Dave Briere
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
While palliative care is poised for growth, determining an appropriate method of payment is a stumbling block. This issue brief describes five examples of payment models and how they impact health plans and providers.
Weaving Palliative Care into Primary Care: A Guide for Community Health Centers
Monique Parrish, Anne Kinderman, Michael Rabow
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care, Providers, Patient-Centered Care
Primary care providers in community health clinics are optimally positioned to address the initial palliative care needs of patients with serious chronic and terminal illnesses, and to address triage and referral to specialists.
Hidden from View: How Consumers Find Information About Prescription Coverage
ACA/Health Reform, Patient-Centered Care
Consumers seeking information about a health plan's prescription drug benefits face a lot of obstacles. How can medication benefits be more accessible and easy to use?
Cancer Care Spending in California: What Medicare Data Say
Deborah Schrag, Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
Nearly 135,000 Californians are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet little is known about how much is spent on their treatment. Medicare spending estimates profile the top four cancers in the state.