HMO Enrollment in California: The Dynamics of Decline, 2004-2015
In the '70s and '80s, California led the nation in HMO adoption. Over the past dozen years, however, the state's commercial HMO enrollment has fallen dramatically. Get the data on the dynamics of this decline.
Stepping Up to the Plate: Federally Qualified Health Centers Address Growing Demand for Care
This paper focuses on collaborations and innovative approaches developing among California's FQHCs, other safety-net providers, and agencies to meet the health care needs of low-income populations.
Many Routes to the Top: Efforts to Improve Care Quality, Coordination, and Costs Through Provider Collaborations
Payment & Financing
To slow the growth of health care spending and improve coordination and quality of care, providers and payers are working together to change how care is delivered and paid for.
Community Paramedics Hit the Streets in Stanislaus County: An Early Look
Behavioral Health, Providers
Paramedics can help people in crisis without a ride to the ER. Stanislaus County's community paramedics show the challenges they overcome to deliver effective mental health care.
The Circle Expands: Understanding Medi-Cal Coverage of Mild-to-Moderate Mental Health Conditions
Don Kingdon, Molly Brassil, Erynne Jones
Medi-Cal, Behavioral Health
As of 2014, Medi-Cal enrollees with mild-to-moderate mental health conditions are entitled to receive mental health services through their managed care plans.
Preparing Physicians to Care for Underserved Patients: A Look at California’s Teaching Health Centers
Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix, Kristine Himmerick
California's six teaching health centers offer important physician training in medically underserved areas. Despite recent growth, they face numerous challenges.
Country Road: Bringing Palliative Care to Rural California
Monique Parrish, Kathleen Kerr
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care, Workforce, Telehealth
Palliative care can improve the lives of seriously ill patients and reduce health care costs, but the rural parts of California have a very limited supply.
Remedy for the Rural Opioid Epidemic: Leaders Discuss Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment in Primary Care
Experts from across California talked about how to make medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction more readily available in rural areas, where the need is great.
Changing Course: The Role of Health Plans in Curbing the Opioid Epidemic
Donna Laverdiere, Margarita Pereyda, Jason Silva, Margaret Tatar
Health plans can play a key role in changing the course of the opioid overuse epidemic. California plan leaders share a successful four-part strategy and make recommendations for action.