The CHCF Blog
The California Health Care Foundation draws on experts from inside and outside CHCF to share their health policy insights on this blog.
Mario Gutierrez: Improving Access for All, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless”
September 7, 2017
The California health policy community is remembering Mario Gutierrez as a man who worked for decades to enfranchise the underserved through the development of telemedicine — technology he saw as the "great equalizer."
Why We Partnered with Yelp to Deliver Maternity Care Measures
August 31, 2017
Maternal Health, Patient-Centered Care
Under a new partnership, Yelp now displays maternity care quality measures for the nearly 250 California hospitals that provide maternity care services in the state.
ACA Cost-Sharing Reductions Help Low-Income Working Families
August 22, 2017
Insurance Coverage, Patient-Centered Care
With the heightened focus on the monthly Trump administration decisions on cost-sharing reductions for Affordable Care Act plans, a CHCF expert explains the stakes for California.
Los Angeles Doctor Speeds Change with Medical Incubator
August 17, 2017
Workforce, Patient-Centered Care
A doctor in CHCF's Leadership Program formulated an ambitious plan to cultivate and spread an important health system innovation. Then he realized he needed to start over and develop an even bigger one.
Delivering Moms from the Most Common Childbirth Complications: Depression and Anxiety
July 11, 2017
Bruce Spurlock, Joy Burkhard
Behavioral Health, Maternal Health
The magnitude of suffering from maternal mental health disorders dwarfs many conditions that attract greater media interest, public reporting, and performance incentives and penalties.
Guidelines for Sharing Behavioral Health Data Show Power of Collaboration
July 6, 2017
Uncertainty about the legalities of behavioral health data-sharing — what's permissible and what's required — slows efforts to achieve coordinated and integrated care that could benefit patients and providers. Read the full blog article.
Where’s the “Better Care” in Senate Health Bill?
June 26, 2017
Sandra R. Hernández
ACA/Health Reform, Insurance Coverage
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), unveiled by the Senate last week, will not make us healthier. It does not spell out a vision for better care — it is about providing tax breaks for some of the wealthiest Americans.
California Survey Finds Strong Support for Behavioral Health Benefits
June 21, 2017
Behavioral Health, ACA/Health Reform
Meaningful insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder is a reality for millions more people under the ACA, and Californians recognize its value.