Community Health Centers
Medi-Cal Explained: What Are Alternative Payment Models?
Athena Chapman, Samantha Pellón
This issue brief explores how Medi-Cal has been developing alternative payment models to align with federal initiatives and state financial and policy goals. It looks at the benefits of these models and barriers to their adoption.
Two Reports Detail Health Centers’ Implementation of Telehealth Visits for Underserved Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The emergence of COVID-19 prompted a dramatic increase in telehealth services among health care providers seeking to offer continuity of care for patients. The rapid change prompted CHCF to sponsor two studies to determine the capacity of health centers to implement virtual care and to examine the experiences of health care staff in delivering care.
August 30, 2021
Webinar — Making Telehealth Work: Key Insights from the California Safety Net
August 30, 2021
This webinar will highlight key insights from the dramatic transition made by 23 health centers participating in the Connected Care Accelerator Innovation Learning Collaborative (CCA ILC), which supports safety-net providers in California with the adoption and implementation of telehealth.
Community Health Centers’ Journey Through the Pandemic
Health Care Costs
This collection highlights the financial challenges faced by California's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they adapted to keep serving patients. It also highlights policy changes that are needed to stabilize FQHCs so they can continue to play their vital role in providing care to Californians with low incomes.
Clinics Respond to Anti-Asian Hate with Many Kinds of Support
May 13, 2021
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Equity, Behavioral Health
Health centers serve as care providers, social services connectors, and community advocates, and they stepped up to help patients navigate the tribulations of the COVID-19 era.
The Importance of Health Care Phone Visits
Phone visits have quickly become a popular way to access care that is especially appealing to Californians with low incomes and Californians of color — populations whose access to care consistently lags. With Governor Gavin Newsom making health equity a priority, it would be a setback if the state took away this important care option for Medi-Cal enrollees.
Ending Phone Visits Would Be a Setback for Patients with Low Incomes
April 30, 2021
Telehealth, Health Equity
The director of CHCF's Improving Access team says we should build on what is working well to improve access to care, especially for those whose needs have historically not been well served by the health care system.
The Pandemic’s Financial Impact on California’s Community Health Centers: Largest Centers Suffer Significant Losses
Whether measured by revenue size, number of patients, or number of sites, the largest health centers bore the brunt of the financial losses experienced across California's health centers between April and December 2020.
Mergers and Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Community Health Centers
Greg Facktor & Associates, Regina Boyle, Curt Degenfelder
Many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are exploring acquisitions and mergers as a means of ensuring sustainability, expanding services, and maintaining patient access to basic health care services in underserved areas. CHCF has created this manual to provide support and guidance for FQHCs contemplating a consolidation with another provider entity.
CIN Resource Page: Addressing Social Needs That Impact Health
This California Improvement Network resource page focuses on tools and strategies for improving health outcomes by addressing patients’ social needs, including how to prioritize social needs strategies, supporting staff in effectively addressing social needs, and building partnerships with community-based organizations.