The Burdens Grow Heavier for COVID-19 Health Care Providers
February 22, 2021
Xenia Shih Bion
Workforce, Behavioral Health, Health Equity, Serious Illness & End-of-Life Care
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Health care providers, working through unimaginable tragedies and unprecedented circumstances because of COVID-19, have little time to devote to their own mental health or well-being.
San Joaquin Valley: Despite Poverty and Capacity Constraints, Health Care Access Improves
Len Finocchio, James Paci
Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics continue to expand across the region. They are also working with hospitals to improve care integration and access to specialty services for Medi-Cal patients.
Inland Empire: Increasing Medi-Cal Coverage Spurs Safety-Net Growth
Matthew Newman, James Paci
Following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this region, comprising Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, has seen a decrease in people who are uninsured and an increase in people with Medi-Cal coverage. In turn, the number of Federally Qualified Health Centers has grown, and patient visits more than doubled in just a few years.
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties: Community Collaboration in the Face of Health Adversity
Jill Yegian, Katrina Connolly
The rural North Coast California counties of Humboldt and Del Norte face multiple health and health care challenges, including high death rates from preventable causes and shortages of health care providers. The region is addressing these challenges through different collaborative efforts.
The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on California Hospitals
Glenn Melnick, Susan Maerki
Health Care Costs
As COVID-19 containment efforts took hold, patient volume at California hospitals fell precipitously as hospitals discontinued elective and nonurgent care while drastically increasing inpatient bed supply to treat a predicted surge of COVID-19 patients. This issue brief provides initial estimates of some of the immediate financial and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on California’s hospitals and health care system.