Modernizing Payment to California’s Community Health Centers
Health centers are crucial to California's response to COVID-19. But the care they provide is still dictated by old payment rules that severely hamper health centers' ability to care for patients during COVID-19 and, in some cases, keep their doors open. This collection focuses on how California can change the way it pays health centers to better serve patients and to create a more resilient foundation for primary care in Medi-Cal.
Time to Modernize Payment to Health Centers
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
This issue brief outlines why these old payment rules are hurting patients during the COVID-19 crisis, and how transitioning to a new way of paying for care, called patient-centered payment, will allow health centers to better serve patients going forward.
COVID-19 Tracking Poll: Two Months into Crisis, Californians Have High Level of Trust in Health Officials
May 22, 2020
Health Care Costs, Telehealth
Nearly 7 in 10 Californians have confidence in the California Department of Public Health and in their county public health department.
One in Six Adults in California Immigrant Families Avoided Public Benefits in 2019, Study Finds
May 18, 2020
Coverage Trends, Medi-Cal, Health Equity
Confusion about the public charge rule and the chilling effect it has caused are urgent problems in light of COVID-19 and its economic fallout.
COVID-19 Tracking Poll: One-Third of California Primary Care Doctors Worry Their Practices Won’t Survive
May 15, 2020
Many physicians say their practices furloughed or laid off staff or cut physician pay while increasing telehealth visits with patients.
Infographic — Old Payment Rules Are Hurting Health Center Patients During the COVID-19 Crisis
Payment & Financing, Medi-Cal
Old payment rules are hindering the ability of FQHCs and FQHC Look-Alikes (health centers) to care for their approximately four million Medi-Cal patients, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. This infographic shows what kind of care is possible for patients under traditional versus patient-centered payment.