No Place to Go: Addressing the Challenge of Homeless Patients in Sacramento
This report examines a local collaborative of community groups, hospitals, and government working to fund and manage an interim care program for homeless patients discharged from acute hospital settings.
Consumer Decision Making in the Individual Health Insurance Market
M. Susan Marquis, Melinda Beeuwkes Buntin, José Escarce, Kanika Kapur, Thomas Louis
This Health Affairs study by Marquis et al. examines the impact that cutting premiums would have on the individual market for health insurance. The analysis finds price subsidies have only modest effects on increasing overall participation and reducing the number of uninsured people.
Evaluating the Efficiency of California Providers in Caring for Patients with Chronic Illnesses
John Wennberg, Elliott Fisher, Laurence Baker, Sandra Sharp
This Health Affairs study by Wennberg et al. shows that care for chronically ill seniors costs Medicare four times more at some California hospitals than others but results in no better care or patient satisfaction. Also five commentaries from Baucus, Priselac, Reinhardt, Schaeffer and McMurtry, and Straube.
The Cost of Health Insurance Administration in California: Estimates for Insurers, Physicians, and Hospitals
James Kahn, Richard Kronick, Mary Kreger
This CHCF-funded analysis, published in the journal Health Affairs, calculates the total administrative costs and costs specific to billing and insurance-related functions for private insurers, hospitals, and physician offices.
When the Price Isn’t Right: How Inadvertent Payment Incentives Drive Medical Care
Paul Ginsburg, Joy Grossman
Medi-Cal, ACA/Health Reform
This Health Affairs article by Ginsburg et al. finds inflated prices are spurring physicians and hospitals to focus on highly profitable services, a trend which could become a new factor in driving up the cost of health care.
Streamlining Children’s Eligibility Processing for Medi-Cal
Diane Schweitzer, Kristen Putnam
This issue brief describes how Governor Schwarzenegger's 2005 proposal to streamline Medi-Cal eligibility processing for children would have affected children, families, counties, and the state.
Are California’s Large Employers Moving to Catastrophic Health Insurance Coverage?
James Maxwell, Peter Temin, Saminaz Zaman
This Health Affairs article by Maxwell et al. examines a survey of 314 large public and private employers in California and describes how they have incorporated cost and quality management activities into their purchasing strategies to confront rising costs and difficult trade-offs.
Twenty-Five Percent of US Workers Will Be Uninsured in 2013
Todd Gilmer, Richard Kronick
This Health Affairs article by Gilmer et al. asserts that more than one in four American workers under age 65 — nearly 56 million people — will have no health insurance in 2013 because they will be unable to pay the high cost of coverage.