CalAIM Explained: Overview of New Programs and Key Changes
Pending federal approval, CalAIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal) would add new programs and make important reforms to many existing programs, bringing in significant federal matching dollars in addition to the millions allocated from the general fund. This explainer provides an overview of all the changes proposed.
New & Noteworthy
CalAIM Explained: A Five-Year Plan to Transform Medi-Cal
California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is a far-reaching, multiyear plan to transform California’s Medi-Cal program and to make it integrate more seamlessly with other social services. The goal of CalAIM is to improve outcomes for the millions of Californians covered by Medi-Cal, especially those with the most complex needs. This fact sheet includes a high-level overview of the plan's details.
Using Data for Good: Toward More Equitable Home and Community-Based Services in Medi-Cal
Amber Christ, Tiffany Huyenh-Cho
California offers a multitude of home and community-based services to people with low incomes who rely on Medi-Cal for health coverage. Yet few public data exist to demonstrate whether these services are equitably available and used by those who qualify. This paper aims to support state staff, policymakers, and other stakeholders in ensuring the robust collection and reporting of HCBS data.
Markets or Monopolies? Considerations for Addressing Health Care Consolidation in California
Katherine L. Gudiksen, Amy Y. Gu, Jaime S. King
Health Care Costs
Most California health care markets are highly concentrated, with hospital markets in particular approaching monopoly levels in many counties. Studies show that mergers of health care companies result in increased prices for services. This report compiles evidence about consolidation and provides potential considerations for policymakers.
Innovation Landscape — Solving Shortages: How Technology Can Help Meet California’s Immediate Health Workforce Needs
Joanne Spetz, Amy Quan
Workforce, Investing in Innovation
This publication reviews the barriers to hiring providers in this specific sector of the health care system, the role of the temporary workforce, and the emergence of technology-enabled staffing companies as a potential alternative to traditional staffing agencies. An accompanying snapshot outlines data on key characteristics of vacancies, perceived recruitment challenges, and hiring of registry and contract providers.
Health Affairs Explores Mental Health Link to Birth Outcomes
November 22, 2021
Heather Tirado Gilligan
Behavioral Health, Health Equity, Maternal Health
Stories That Caught Our Attention: The health policy journal Health Affairs published a special issue featuring important perinatal mental health data and analysis.
Transition to Practice for California’s Nurse Practitioners: Lessons from Other States
Susanne J. Phillips
This brief seeks to support the regulatory process in California by shedding light on how transition to practice (TTP) has played out around the country for nurse practitioners (NPs), sharing the existing evidence on how full practice authority and TTP periods for NPs affect patients’ access to care and outcomes.
Moving the Needle on Black Birth Equity — a Call to Action
November 30, 2021
Stephanie Teleki, Tenesha Duncan, Kindra Montgomery-Block, Lourdes Rodriguez, Monique Shaw
The philanthropy community has an urgent responsibility to address the structural factors leading to birth inequities.
In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
Susan Anthony, Rebecca Catterson, Suzanne Campanella
Behavioral Health, Homelessness & Health Care
CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people enrolled in Medi-Cal who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder. The paper and accompanying videos highlight what is working — and not working — for them in the health care system.
CHCF & Podcasting
A good podcast immerses you in an intimate conversation while engaging your curiosity. Since 2019, CHCF has supported projects that feature the diverse perspectives of patients and families, clinicians, and others as they seek to navigate our difficult health care delivery system.
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