Closing the Gap in California’s Health Data Exchange
Kate Ricker-Kiefert, Lauren Block
This paper outlines the technological capacity and funding needs of delivery system providers who must comply with AB 133, which calls for the development and implementation of a statewide Health and Human Services Data Exchange Framework.
An Assessment of the California Health Information Technology Landscape in 2022
This brief summarizes the 2022 Health IT Landscape Assessment describing California's current health IT environment. It includes findings on the state of health IT adoption, past adoption trends and IT use during HITECH Act funding programs, and remaining challenges to achieving full implementation.
2022 Edition — California Health Insurers
Coverage Trends, Medi-Cal
California Health Insurers: Staying the Course provides a snapshot of the insurance market in California at the end of 2020. Data from the state’s two insurance regulators — the California Department of Managed Health Care and the California Department of Insurance — and other sources were used to examine market share, enrollment, financial performance, and consumer satisfaction.
How to Share Data: A Practical Guide for Health and Homeless Systems of Care
Homelessness & Health Care, Data Exchange
This practical guide is intended to serve as a tool for communities at any stage of engagement in cross-sector data sharing between health and homeless systems of care. It is designed to help communities ready to start such efforts for the first time, as well as those that have room to grow their data sharing efforts.
Data Exchange Explainer Series
CHCF's Data Exchange Explainer Series seeks to create a better understanding among stakeholders of statewide health information exchange. These four papers highlight other states' pathways to provide incentives for participation in data exchange, approaches to governance adopted by policymakers, digital identity management, and data sharing agreements.
2022 Edition — Substance Use in California
Allison Valentine, Molly Brassil
California's health care system is moving toward acknowledging substance use disorders (SUDs) as chronic illnesses, yet only about 10% of people with an SUD in the last year received treatment. Substance Use in California: Prevalence and Treatment provides an overview of substance use and addiction in the state.
2021 Edition — California Emergency Departments
Renee Y. Hsia
California’s emergency departments (EDs) provide a critical source of health care to people with acute medical conditions or who have experienced trauma or injury. EDs are expected to treat all patients regardless of their ability to pay. California Emergency Departments: A Critical Source of Care looks at the most recent data on supply, visits, and wait times, as well as trends from 2009 to 2019.
Using Data for Good: Toward More Equitable Home and Community-Based Services in Medi-Cal
Amber Christ, Tiffany Huyenh-Cho
Older Adults with Complex Needs
California offers a multitude of home and community-based services to people with low incomes who rely on Medi-Cal for health coverage. Yet few public data exist to demonstrate whether these services are equitably available and used by those who qualify. This paper aims to support state staff, policymakers, and other stakeholders in ensuring the robust collection and reporting of HCBS data.
2021 Edition — Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California
Aurrera Health Group
Disparities among historically marginalized groups in California occur across many demographic categories. This Almanac provides data that show how people of color face barriers in accessing health care, often receive suboptimal treatment, and are most likely to experience poor outcomes in the health care system.
California Tackles Crucial Data Exchange Challenges
October 11, 2021
Heather Tirado Gilligan
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Nationally, investment in health data infrastructure has been woefully lacking for years, with significant consequences for public health reporting.
Shared Information Has the Power to Change Californians’ Lives for the Better
September 23, 2021
Health Equity, Medi-Cal, Data Exchange
The pandemic challenges have shown that California must update health data systems to protect public health, improve care delivery, and help health and human services systems care for the whole person.
Measuring Up? Access to Care in Medi-Cal Compared to Other Types of Health Insurance (2018)
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
This report examines if Medi-Cal enrollees face greater difficulty accessing health care services than Californians with employer-sponsored insurance or coverage purchased through the individual market.