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What They're Watching: Kristof Stremikis, California Health Care Foundation

| Jan 18, 2022 | California

For Kristof Stremikis, director of market analysis and insight at California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), lowering the cost of health care is top-of-mind heading into 2022. The increasing costs of health services, he said, are causing many Californians to defer their care—which is likely to have damaging impacts on the...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Asm. Waldron's health priorities, Aetna & Community Supports, HCBS data gaps

| Dec 28, 2021 | California

This is the last California "5 Things" newsletter of 2021. What a year it has been—everyone inside and outside of the health policy space faced numerous challenges this year as the pandemic continued to disrupt "normal" life. From our team to you, thank you for all of the work you...[ Read More ]

Requiring video as part of telehealth visits can increase patient use of video over audio-only

| Sep 1, 2021 | California

At West County Health Centers (WCHC), the use of video telehealth visits, compared to audio-only, rose from 15% to 50% during the pandemic, which the organization’s CEO Dr. Jason Cunningham said is largely because the facility made it a requirement for patients to use video during telehealth visits. Cunningham described...[ Read More ]

Analysis illustrates California safety net facilities' experience implementing telehealth

| Aug 30, 2021 | California

Telehealth use in California’s safety net hospitals increased from 4% before the pandemic to 55-75% post-pandemic, according to Natasha Arora, evaluation and learning associate at the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF)’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation. Through its Connected Care Accelerator Innovation Learning Collaborative (CCA ILC), CHCF gathered clinical...[ Read More ]

Stakeholders raise concerns about lack of completeness and clarity in DHCS's MMC draft RFP

| Aug 12, 2021 | California

In an analysis of stakeholder comments on the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)’s Medi-Cal Managed Care Draft RFP, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) found one of the most prominent themes to be a lack of completeness and clarity. CHCF invited stakeholders to share the comments they submitted...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: State of the State, Convening Panel, Beth Andersen

| Feb 19, 2020 | California

Early voting is underway for the March 3rd presidential primary, where the haul of delegates from California (495) will swamp the early delegate counts from Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina (155). My money is on a brokered convention, where no candidate enters the DNC with a majority of delegates....[ Read More ]