National Health Spending Passes $10,000 Per Person, and We Should Be Concerned
June 11, 2018
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
Annual spending on health care in the US has crossed the $10,000 per-person threshold, reminding us to reflect on health care’s unprecedented claim on our resources — and why we should be concerned about it.
For Better Outcomes and Significant Savings, Medi-Cal Must Pay Health Plans Differently
April 4, 2018
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
California can strengthen its use of payment as a tool to drive performance improvements and create greater value in the Medi-Cal program, and to enhance care for Medi-Cal's more than 13 million members.
Intended Consequences: Modernizing Medi-Cal Rate Setting to Improve Health and Manage Costs
Manatt Health, Optumas Healthcare
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
The current Medi-Cal rate-setting methodology can hurt health plans that invest in initiatives that lower costs (such as care coordination), thereby discouraging more plans from making those investments. A new rate-setting methodology is needed.
California’s Unfinished Business: Addressing Health Care Costs
April 3, 2018
Health Care Costs
Many of our health policy debates are consequences of an unaffordable health care system. It's important for California to join other states in addressing the problem of why health care costs so much.
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.
Prime for Disruption
February 2, 2018
Kara Carter, Kristof Stremikis
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. jolted Wall Street with a joint venture designed to reduce health care costs. Technology alone is not sufficient to solve the cost problem. Leaders also need to pull policy levers, fix payment systems, and spark collaboration between purchasers.
The Health Implications of Tax Reform
December 19, 2017
Billy Wynne, Dawn Joyce, Devin Zatorski
Expanding Health Coverage, Payment & Financing, Telehealth
Tax legislation moving rapidly through Congress has far-reaching implications for health and health care. Three health policy experts summarize the health-relevant components of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Key Questions When Considering a State-Based, Single-Payer System in California
Susan Philip, Marian Mulkey
Expanding Health Coverage, Coverage Trends, Payment & Financing
There is renewed interest in a potential state-based, single-payer health care system in California. Asking key questions will help clarify what this might mean for our state.
Establishing a Per Capita Cap in Medicaid: Implications for California
Expanding Health Coverage, Medi-Cal
With Congress proposing fundamental changes to the financing structure of Medicaid through creation of a per capita cap, Manatt Health examines the implications for Medi-Cal.