On the Wellness Curve, Focus on Primary Health Care Will Put California Ahead
May 2, 2022
Alice Hm Chen, Julia Logan
Health Care Costs
A first-of-its-kind study of primary care spending in California’s commercial health insurance market finds organizations that invest a higher proportion of spending in primary care deliver better care.
Investing in Primary Care: Why It Matters for Californians with Commercial Coverage
Dolores Yanagihara, Ann Hwang
This study measures primary care spending, as a proportion of overall spending, among commercial health plans and provider organizations (POs) in California. Among POs, more investment in primary care was associated with better quality, fewer ED visits, and lower total cost of care.
Access, Affordability, and Respect: California Poll Shows Benefits Associated with Having a Primary Care Provider
Rebecca Catterson, Lucy Bailey
An analysis of poll findings reveals significant differences between insured Californians who have a primary care provider and those who do not across topics related to health care utilization, experience, affordability, and health behaviors.
More than 90% of Californians have health insurance, and yet millions still lack access to affordable, high-quality care. Strengthening primary care will help bridge this gap. Without a stronger and more robust primary care infrastructure, priorities related to California’s health care workforce, coverage expansion, and the California Department of Health Care Services’ ambitious transformation of the Medi-Cal program through CalAIM will fall short.
The Primary Care Investment Coordinating Group of California (PICG) has adopted a set of guiding principles and recommended actions intended to spur collective action to ensure that the state’s primary care system has the resources it needs to deliver better health for Californians.
Health plans that invest more in primary care as a proportion of their overall budgets deliver better care quality. Boosting primary care investment could save an estimated $2.4 billion annually and avoid 89,000 emergency room visits among commercially insured Californians enrolled in HMOs.
Provider Shortage Persists While Regulators Consider Implementation of Nurse Practitioner Law
March 24, 2022
Workforce, Medi-Cal, Health Equity
The legislation could increase access to care for many Californians — but not until detailed standards have been adopted through regulations or changes in state law.
Primary Care Matters
Health care systems with strong levels of primary care investment have better and more equitable health outcomes, lower care costs, and better care quality. We can build a healthier future for all Californians by focusing resources back to patients and their relationship with primary care providers.
Progress Since the California Future Health Workforce Commission
Progress Since the California Future Health Workforce Commission: State Policy and Budget Actions on Priority Recommendations provides an overview of how California has acted on Commission recommendations to grow and diversity its health workforce.
CIN Connections, Winter 2022 — Centering Equity in Health Care Improvement
This issue of CIN Connections offers ways to implement quality improvement efforts that intentionally advance health equity in primary care. It summarizes strategies and reflections from national leaders at the CIN partners meeting in November 2021 as they wrestle with addressing health disparities.