Federally Qualified Health Centers
Mitch Katz Leads Candid Discussion About Health Costs
April 3, 2019
Health Care Costs
Video: Mitch Katz, MD, the former Los Angeles County health director who left last year to take the helm of New York City Health + Hospitals, returned to California to give the California Improvement Network his provocative views on managing financial risk and total cost of care.
California FQHCs: Financial and Operational Performance Analysis
This Capital Link report provides an aggregate financial and operational profile of California Federally Qualified Health Centers for 2013–17. This includes financial performance, utilization, payer mix, and more.
The Population Health Learning Network
In partnership with the Center for Care Innovations and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, CHCF launched the Population Heath Learning Network (PHLN) in March 2018. The PHLN aims to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.2 million Californians by strengthening the population health management capabilities of safety-net organizations.
2019 Edition — California’s Health Care Safety Net
Matthew Newman, Eunice Roh
This Almanac report, California’s Health Care Safety Net: A Patchwork of Programs and Providers, presents data on the providers and programs that comprise California’s system for providing health care to people with low incomes.
Health Workforce Shortages Make Telehealth a Lifeline to Rural Care
March 4, 2019
Workforce, Telehealth, Medi-Cal
Telehealth can help solve California's rural health workforce shortage by more quickly and conveniently connecting patients to distant providers, cutting long travel times and wait lists.
Comments on Proposed Regulation — Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
Sandra R. Hernández
CHCF submitted this letter to express our strong opposition to the Department of Homeland Security's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("proposed rule") on "public charge," published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018.
Forces for Change: A Landscape of the Statewide and Regional Clinic Consortia in California
Pacific Health Consulting Group
This report provides a comprehensive landscape of California's statewide and concludes by recommending a series of strategic opportunities to further strengthen consortia impact.
Raven Helps New Technologies Take Flight in the Safety Net
November 5, 2018
Investing in Innovation
Many California safety-net organizations are eager to find solutions to challenging problems but are overwhelmed by the market. This learning laboratory helps them test solutions and share user experiences.
Overcoming Data-Sharing Challenges in the Opioid Epidemic
Robert Belfort, Alex Dworkowitz
Federal confidentiality rules, such as the "Part 2" rules, can be a stumbling block for primary care practices seeking to integrate substance use disorder treatment. This paper summarizes the rules and outlines steps that practices can take to coordinate care and stay within the law.
Jill’s Story: The Power of Telehealth in Rural California
May 24, 2018
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal, Workforce
A woman living in rural California talks about how technology helped her overcome her community's shortage of mental health practitioners to get counseling that put her life back on track. Watch the video and hear Jill's story.
Sustainable Models of Telehealth in the Safety Net
Working with Medi-Cal managed care plans and community health centers across the state, CHCF is implementing the initiative, Sustainable Models of Telehealth in the Safety Net, to improve access to specialty care among Medi-Cal enrollees.
Herrmann Spetzler Remembered as ‘Visionary’ Who Developed California Rural Clinics
May 1, 2018
Spetzler's unexpected death shocked a rural community that had coalesced around his charismatic personality and irresistible vision for a health care system accessible to everyone regardless of income.
Evaluation of a Collaborative Maternal Mental Health Care Pilot
Maternal Mental Health Now (MMHN) established a model of collaborative care at three federally qualified health centers in Los Angeles. Outside evaluators documented whether this model achieved the desired outcomes at each clinical site, and assessed the potential for spread to reach underserved perinatal populations.
Seven Partnerships to Strengthen Community Health Centers
March 1, 2018
Payment & Financing
In California, the smaller community health centers that need the most support are the least likely to get it, and that poses a risk for the thousands of Californians with low incomes who rely on them. As California’s entire health care safety net moves forward, we can’t leave these smaller centers and their patients behind.
Partnering to Succeed
The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and JSI Research & Training Institute
This paper outlines seven partnership models that are helping small community health centers (CHCs) improve care and thrive under value-based payment. It also provides a framework to assess which partnership models are right for different CHCs.