Network Adequacy Standards in California: How They Work and Why They Matter
Amy Y. Gu, Michele Ellson, Katherine L. Gudiksen
Health Care Costs
In California, both state and federal laws impose provider network adequacy standards on health plans to ensure that the plans provide meaningful access to health care for enrollees. Yet these standards may put plans at a competitive disadvantage when negotiating contracts with providers such as specialists in short supply. This issue brief outlines considerations for policymakers.
Concert Health Aims to Scale Collaborative Mental Health Care
January 30, 2020
Behavioral Health, Investing in Innovation, Telehealth, Workforce
Patients served by small and rural primary care physicians may benefit from a remote version of this increasingly popular model for providing mental health care.
Health Affairs’ Rural Health Issue Has Special Relevance to California
December 9, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Maternal Health, Workforce
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Millions of Americans in rural areas face significant barriers to care and in almost every state are burdened with higher mortality rates than people in urban areas.
Independent Nurse Practitioners Bridge Big Gaps in Rural Care
August 7, 2019
California is one of 22 states that do not permit nurse practitioners to practice and prescribe without ongoing physician oversight. Journalist Heather Stringer traveled to Colorado to see how nurse practitioners are being deployed in two rural communities.
Mental Health Worker Shortage Takes Center Stage
December 14, 2018
Regardless of the outcome of the Kaiser Permanente mental health workers strike, the need for state health policy leaders to reduce California's worsening shortage of behavioral health providers is urgent.
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.
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.
Physician Participation in Medi-Cal: Is Supply Meeting Demand?
Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix
Expanding Health Coverage, Medi-Cal, Workforce
Enrollment in Medi-Cal surged between 2013 and 2015. This report looks at physician participation in Medi-Cal and implications for access to care.