CHCF’s work touches on a range of health care topics from the ACA to the workforce. We publish reports and policy papers, host briefings and webinars, and share data and analyses. Explore our body of work by topic.
Childbirth is the number one reason for hospitalization in the US and California. Annually, 500,000 babies are born in the state, and half of those births are paid for by Medi-Cal. Yet there are significant and unwarranted variations in the quality of maternity care, alarming disparities among patient outcomes, and wasted resources. CHCF aims to improve the quality and lower the cost of maternity care in California by reducing unnecessary interventions and delivering appropriate care.
Over the next decade, California faces a number of health workforce challenges, including a population that is growing, aging, and becoming more diverse. To meet these and other challenges, California must develop a modern health workforce that delivers smarter, more affordable care. That will require a new generation of health professionals with roles, skills, and workflows that match our latest understanding of how best to deliver high-quality, high-value care.
Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, employs telecommunications tools and infrastructure to connect patients with providers and improve access to care. Advancements in broadband, along with changes in clinical care and policy, have added momentum for broader adoption. CHCF is working to expand the use of telehealth in the safety net, with an emphasis on access for the underserved in remote areas of California.
Payment & Financing
US health care spending is still too often based on the amount of services provided to a patient rather than the value of those services in improving a patient's health. This encourages more - not better - health care and increases costs. CHCF is helping to move health care payment and financing in California to a value-based system that supports the Triple Aim of improved population health and patient experience as well as lower costs.