California’s Physician Supply and Distribution: Headed for a Drought?
Janet Coffman, Margaret Fix, MPH, Michelle Ko
According to data from physician surveys, California's medical doctors are unevenly distributed across the state, and new doctors aren't being trained in great enough numbers to address this imbalance.
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.
Community Paramedicine in California: Overview of Pilot Projects
California is piloting the use of community paramedicine to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery. Specially trained paramedics are partnered with other providers to meet local health care needs. These one-pagers describe the six concepts being piloted throughout the state.
Herrmann Spetzler Remembered as ‘Visionary’ Who Developed California Rural Clinics
May 1, 2018
Spetzler's unexpected death shocked a rural community that had coalesced around his charismatic personality and irresistible vision for a health care system accessible to everyone regardless of income.
Refreshed California Improvement Network Set to Spread Ideas for Better Care
April 26, 2018
Boasting a new program office, a strong slate of partners, and refreshed agenda of focused topic areas, the California Improvement Network is working with renewed energy to spread innovation in care delivery.
2018 Edition — Mental Health in California
Mental Health in California: For Too Many, Care Not There provides an overview of mental health in California: disease prevalence, suicide rates, supply and use of treatment providers, and mental health in the correctional system. This Almanac report also includes available data on spending and quality of care.
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.
2018 Edition — California’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Many surgeries are performed in freestanding, or “same-day,” ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), whose numbers have increased dramatically over the past 11 years. However, due to a legal decision that removed reporting requirements for ASCs in the state, little is known about the volume of procedures, type of procedures, and financial operation of the vast majority of these facilities. This report looks at the most recent data on the supply, use, quality, and finances of freestanding ASCs in California.