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.
2021 Edition — Quality of Care: Chronic Conditions
This set of quality measures highlights California’s performance across a range of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease, and includes data by race/ethnicity, payer, and county.
Learning from the History of Statewide Health Data Exchange in California
Regional and statewide efforts to implement a health information exchange (HIE) in California have evolved significantly over the years. This Q&A with a national expert provides answers to critical questions that policymakers and other stakeholders can consider to reform HIE today. An accompanying timeline highlights key events.
Breaking Down Silos: How to Share Data to Improve the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness & Health Care, Data Exchange
With more than 150,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given day, purposeful collaboration between the housing and health care sectors are critical. This report focuses on ways in which the two systems are sharing data to better coordinate and support clients' needs.
At a Glance: Why California Needs a Statewide Health Data Network (and How to Get There)
Data Exchange, Investing in Innovation
This fact sheet details the challenges and potential solutions California's leaders face in creating a health information exchange system that collects patient data in a single unified manner while also making this information accessible to health providers timely and securely.
CalAIM and Health Data Sharing
Data Exchange, Medi-Cal
The California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) program seeks to enhance information exchanged among managed care plans, providers, and county agencies. Learn more in this report, CalAIM and Health Data Sharing: A Road Map for Effective Implementation of Enhanced Care Management and In Lieu of Services.