2021 Edition — Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity in California
Aurrera Health Group
Disparities among historically marginalized groups in California occur across many demographic categories. This Almanac provides data that show how people of color face barriers in accessing health care, often receive suboptimal treatment, and are most likely to experience poor outcomes in the health care system.
Raising the Bar for Behavioral Health Care
October 21, 2021
Serene Olin, Lauren Niles
The National Committee for Quality Assurance evaluates the current behavioral health quality measurement landscape and shares insights about the needs and challenges facing behavioral health care organizations.
Measuring Up? Access to Care in Medi-Cal Compared to Other Types of Health Insurance (2018)
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
This report examines if Medi-Cal enrollees face greater difficulty accessing health care services than Californians with employer-sponsored insurance or coverage purchased through the individual market.
2021 Edition — Quality of Care: Chronic Conditions
This set of quality measures highlights California’s performance across a range of chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease, and includes data by race/ethnicity, payer, and county.
Behavioral Health Quality Framework: A Roadmap for Using Measurement to Promote Joint Accountability and Whole-Person Care
There is a critical need for a clear framework to measure quality and outcomes in behavioral health care. The approach described in this paper provides a testable model for guiding these efforts.
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
Paying Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans for Value: Design Recommendations for a Quality Incentive Program
Medi-Cal, Payment & Financing
This report recommends a new way to pay Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) designed to improve the quality of care for Medi-Cal enrollees. The Department of Health Care Services would withhold part of its capitation payments to MCPs, who could earn back some or all of the amount withheld depending on their performance on quality measures.
Recontracting Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans
In 2021 the California Department of Health Care Services will begin the process of recontracting with Medi-Cal managed care plans (often referred to as procurement). It's a critical opportunity to use new financial incentives and oversight measures to improve quality and access to care for Medi-Cal members.