Palliative Care Measure Menu
Kathleen Kerr, Brian Cassel, Lewis Broome
Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
This tool enables palliative care (PC) leaders, quality professionals, and administrators to quickly and efficiently select a feasible, balanced portfolio of quality measures that mirror the scope and focus of a given PC program.
Managing Cost of Care: Lessons from Successful Organizations
Suzanne Hansen, Diane Stewart
ACA/Health Reform, Payment & Financing
Health care organizations across California are trying to figure out how best to manage the total cost of patient care while maintaining quality. We check out some successful strategies.
House Calls: California Program for Homebound Patients Reduces Monthly Spending, Delivers Meaningful Care
Glenn Melnick, Lois Green
Patient-Centered Care, Payment & Financing
Research in Health Affairs finds that Medicare patients enrolled in house-calls programs had fewer emergency visits, spent less time as inpatients, and saved money.
Sacramento: Pressures to Control Costs Persist Alongside Growing Capacity and Access Challenges
Mathematica Policy Research
Payment & Financing
The Sacramento region's health care sector has been mostly stable, but capacity constraints and access challenges remain. This report provides a snapshot.
San Francisco Bay Area: Major Players Drive Regional Network Development
Ha Tu, Len Finocchio, Annie Doubleday, Kristie Liao
ACA/Health Reform, Workforce, Payment & Financing
In the San Francisco Bay Area, large players are consolidating control of hospitals and physician organizations. This issue brief documents the region's fast-evolving health care marketplace.
Empire Building by the Bay: Consolidating Control of Hospitals and Physician Organizations in the Bay Area
In the San Francisco Bay Area, health care empires are being built as providers form affiliations with other providers and with health plans. This interactive infographic provides a county-by-county look at which health players are consolidating control of the market.
Channeling the Flow: Data Infrastructure for Population Health in the Safety Net
Mark Elson, Alex Horowitz
Health care data are becoming increasingly portable across provider organizations and information technology systems. Concomitant advances in infrastructure are needed to manage the data flow.
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.