Committed Physician Recruits Young People to Diversify Health Care Workforce
May 16, 2019
Jocelyn Freeman Garrick, a no-nonsense doctor from Oakland’s Highland Hospital, is on the lookout for youth from families with low incomes who could become future nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and more.
Lifting the Veil of Secrecy in Health Care Prices
May 3, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Health Care Costs, Coverage Trends
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: Economist Uwe Reinhardt famously said the system for determining prices in the US health care system was “chaos behind a veil of secrecy.” That was in 2006, and clearly, the chaos persists today.
Mitch Katz Leads Candid Discussion About Health Costs
April 3, 2019
Health Care Costs
Video: Mitch Katz, MD, the former Los Angeles County health director who left last year to take the helm of New York City Health + Hospitals, returned to California to give the California Improvement Network his provocative views on managing financial risk and total cost of care.
California’s Health Workforce Is Ready for a Technology Tune-Up — Video
Workforce, Telehealth, Investing in Innovation
Between virtual visits, automated physician assistants, and apps that aid in preventative care, technology may help California solve its doctor shortage and make the most of its health care workforce. Watch our video explainer to see how.
How Community Colleges Can Help End California’s Doctor Shortage
December 4, 2018
Marco Angulo, MD, chose to practice family medicine in a community clinic close to where he grew up. His educational path is an important model that could help ease the primary care physician shortage in California.
Journey to Freedom Passes Through Health Clinics
October 22, 2018
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
The Transitions Clinic Network is a national network of medical programs for recently released prisoners with chronic diseases. The clinic makes connections with former inmates and provides care and support.
Health Care’s Climate Change
October 18, 2018
Xenia Shih Bion
Stories That Caught Our Attention This Week: The US health care system ranks seventh among worldwide producers of carbon dioxide, the key cause of global warming, rising sea levels, and many resulting public health issues. Industry leaders are calling for urgent action.
California’s Physician Assistants: How Scope of Practice Laws Impact Care
Timothy Bates, Joanne Spetz, Miranda Werts
Health Care Costs, Workforce
Physician assistants (PAs) provide high-quality care and are more likely to work in rural areas and with underserved populations than are physicians. This paper offers an overview of how PAs operate in California, and explores the research behind the evidence for practice expansion.
American Health Systems Use Technology to Empower Primary Care Docs
September 12, 2018
Many health care systems are changing the way they operate and embracing new technologies to better organize care delivery while addressing the worsening shortage of physicians.