Federally Qualified Health Centers
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.
California Lawmakers Asked CHCF How to Improve Access to Care in Medi-Cal. Here’s What We Told Them.
February 8, 2018
Chris Perrone, director of CHCF's Improving Access team, told the California Legislature how Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has affected access to care for people who rely on the program.
Wind Gusts Draw ‘Lines of Sorrow’ Across North Bay
January 5, 2018
The health care providers affected by the wildfires that devastated swaths of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties in October are beginning a recovery process to ensure everyone has uninterrupted access to the services they need.
California’s Federally Qualified Health Centers
The state's FQHCs, which are a key source of care for residents with low incomes, have expanded their capacity after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Learn about California's FQHCs and their patient population, payer mix, and growth.
Data Show Medicaid Expansion Benefited Family Finances
November 17, 2017
Health Care Costs, Medi-Cal
Researchers have found that the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is associated with declining medical debt, fewer personal bankruptcies, improved credit scores, and reduced reliance on predatory lending practices.