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.
Patients Win as Safety-Net Health Centers Embrace Bold New Payment Strategies
November 10, 2016
J. Duncan Moore Jr.
Patient-Centered Care, Providers
A group of Northern California safety-net clinics are demonstrating how federally qualified health centers can offer care coordination by embracing payment reform initiatives.
Breaking the Logjam: CHCF Supports State Development of Legal Guidance on Health Information-Sharing
November 4, 2016
To break the data logjam that impedes coordinated care, CHCF supports development of state guidance on rules for sharing sensitive patient information among providers.
Ian Morrison’s Prospective Perspective
October 21, 2016
ACA/Health Reform, Medi-Cal
In two short videos, futurist and former CHCF board member Ian Morrison compares the health policies espoused by the two major US presidential candidates and discusses future Medi-Cal innovations.
What Will Consumers Pay in Premiums for Covered California Silver Plans in 2017?
October 20, 2016
Covered California's fourth annual open enrollment begins November 1. Explore how the 2017 premiums for the second-lowest cost silver plan vary across the 19 pricing regions, and the premium subsidies for which consumers are eligible based on their income.
How California Community Paramedicine Became a Priority for CHCF
October 19, 2016
The project manager of community paramedicine pilot projects and CHCF's vice president for external engagement explain how this new approach reduces demand for emergency care and hospital admissions.
This Is the Moment for California Latinos to Vote for Stronger, Healthier Communities
October 13, 2016
Sandra R. Hernández
If you have Latino friends or family who say they just haven't gotten around to participating in the democratic process, encourage them to register and to vote for a health care system that works for all Californians.
Do California HMOs “Cost” More Than PPOs? It Depends on Who’s Paying
October 4, 2016
New data show that higher-quality care and lower costs go hand-in-hand within California HMOs – a stark contrast with the higher-cost, lower-quality care provided by PPOs.
The CCC Warmline: Substance Use Consultation for Providers Is Just a Phone Call Away
September 30, 2016
Carolyn Chu, Ron Goldschmidt
Opioid Safety, Telehealth
With primary care providers managing the substance use needs of more patients, confidential expert advice often is essential. Now UCSF offers this consultation service to clinicians by phone at no charge.
New Resource Demystifies Medi-Cal’s Mental Health Coverage Under the ACA
September 27, 2016
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Many of the 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries are unaware of the 2014 expansion of Medi-Cal mental health coverage. Resources are now available to help the public understand and use these benefits.
One Man’s Story Shows Why Medi-Cal Must Provide Whole-Person Care
September 15, 2016
Medi-Cal, Patient-Centered Care
Experts in Sacramento for a CHCF briefing shared important perspectives on the importance of changing the way Medi-Cal promotes coordinated treatment of mind and body.