5 Things California: Keynote panel, Asm. Devon Mathis, Executive moves
The end of the legislative session is on the horizon, and a number of folks in Sacramento are ready to take a breath. At our 2019 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference, we will hear from a number of insiders with their take on the session, the progress of the new administration, and how the market will respond.
We’d love to have you with us in 6 weeks time!
With help from Emily Boerger
and Emily Viles
1. Q&A with Asm. Devon Mathis
Assemblyman Devon Mathis has represented California’s 26th Assembly District since 2014. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee and as a member of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He’s a Republican from the Central Valley who earned a Purple Heart from serving two tours in Iraq.
In this interview, Reporter Emily Viles talks with Mathis about health care legislation he is keeping an eye on, his future legislative priorities, and issues around access to care: “We hear this ‘health care for all,’ and it sounds great– of course we all want healthy communities, but the problem comes down to access. And in rural California, frankly, the problem is access because you do not have a whole bunch of doctors and the doctors that we do have are aging out.”
2. Keynote: Baackes, Crane, McCarthy
Three of the most important voices in California health care join us at our Lunch Keynote on “The Future of California Health Care” on September 18th: John Baackes, CEO of LA Care; Don Crane, CEO of America’s Physician Groups; and Louise McCarthy, CEO of the Community Health Clinic Association of LA.
3. Some movement among executive leaders
There are a few noteworthy moves among California health care leaders. Molina has a new plan president in California. John Kotal “quietly” replaced Deb Miller after three years with her in the position. Deborah Kelch is stepping down from ITUP after also having served three years in the position.
4. Video: Barsam Kasravi, Anthem Blue Cross
Barsam Kasravi is the California Medi-Cal Plan President at Anthem Blue Cross, and is one of Anthem’s most important thought leaders in the state. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss secure food and housing, two social determinants the plan is spending a lot of time working on.
5. CHCF report on All Payer Claims Databases
The California Health Care Foundation released a report reviewing all payer claims databases (APCDs) implemented in other states to inform California’s implementation of its own APCD. The report examines the legal and economic implications of releasing health care cost data, and provides recommendations for best practices.
The report finds that despite concerns about trade secrets, California can require disclosure of information such as negotiated rates for health care services. The report also notes that “the pro-competitive effects of APCDs are likely to outweigh any anti-competitive harms.”