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Analysis shows individual market plan renewals strong

Marjie High | May 7, 2019 | California, Washington

DHCS seeks members for new Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Marjie High | Apr 27, 2019 | California

On Friday April 26th the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced it is forming a new Behavioral Health Stakeholder Advisory Committee (BH-SAC) designed to improve stakeholder engagement toward the goal of better integration of mental health and substance use disorder treatment integration. The announcement coincides with the Department’s...[ Read More ]

Senate Health Committee Passes SB 276 to Prevent Fake Medical Exemptions that put Kids and Communities at Risk of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

| Apr 25, 2019 | California

Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but so far in 2019 there have been more than 30 confirmed cases of measles in CA; there were 21 confirmed cases of measles in 2018 As California state health officials grapple with containing the outbreak of measles, Senate Bill 276,...[ Read More ]

New IHA Cost & Quality Atlas data suggests benefits of risk-based payment models

Marjie High | Apr 22, 2019 | California

The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) released the third California Regional Health Care & Cost Quality Atlas this month. The Atlas includes over two dozen standardized measures of clinical quality, utilization, and total cost of care for close to 30 million Californians and is freely and publicly available. According to Jeffrey...[ Read More ]

LA County to partner with state in prescription drug purchasing plan

Marjie High | Apr 17, 2019 | California

From a press conference at LA County’s Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Governor Newsom, together with LA County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the LA County Department of Health Services and Patricia Perez, State President of AARP, announced on April 17th that LA...[ Read More ]

LAO report analyzes Medi-Cal pharmacy services carve-out

Marjie High | Apr 12, 2019 | California

The Legislative Analyst Office released a new report this week on the potential impact of a Medi-Cal carve out for managed care pharmacy services. The new policy came out of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on drug pricing signed in early January 2019 that directs the Department of Health Care Services...[ Read More ]

The 2019 Northern California State of Reform Detailed Agenda is now available!

Marjie High | Apr 10, 2019 | California

The Detailed Agenda for the 2019 Northern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Sacramento on May 9th is now available! We have carefully crafted these panel topics after a long process of stakeholder engagement that has helped us zero in on the health care policy topics most important...[ Read More ]