Health Disparities Require Bolder Action on Medi-Cal Managed Care Contracts
June 24, 2021
Health Equity, Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
The draft RFP for Medi-Cal managed care procurement is a significant step forward, but California must do more to eliminate disparities in access and outcomes
Inland Empire’s McNaughton Feels a ‘Sacred Calling’ to Connect People with Care
January 10, 2020
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal, Workforce, Payment & Financing, Health Care Costs
The Inland Empire Health Plan's new CEO is continuing the trailblazing path that Californians have come to expect from the large and influential managed care plan.
Examining the Effects of Electronic Consults on Primary Care Providers
October 29, 2019
Investing in Innovation
Far more patients with low incomes seek specialty care than there are specialists to help them. A physician describes one tonic for California's overtaxed specialty referral system.
New California Data Resource Highlights Need for Bold Action on Health Disparities
October 25, 2019
Ernest Moy, Donna L. Washington
Nowhere is the need to measure racial and ethnic health disparities greater than in California, one of the few states where people of color compose the majority of the population.
When It Comes to C-Sections, All Hospitals Are Not the Same
September 30, 2019
Xenia Shih Bion
Maternal Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Take a look at America's cesarean section capital to see how challenging it is to reduce surgical childbirth for low-risk, first-time mothers.
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.
New CHCF Investment Streamlines Care Coordination in the Safety Net
April 18, 2018
Investing in Innovation, Data Exchange
Health care providers cannot effectively coordinate a patient’s care without access to a shared set of accurate clinical information about that patient. That’s what Collective Medical aims to provide, and that’s why it has received the CHCF Health Innovation Fund’s latest program-related investment.
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.