I hope you’re gearing up for a great holiday season! In today’s edition of “5 Things,” you’ll find information about California’s new, first-of-its kind Data Sharing Agreement, the large-scale Medi-Cal Population Health Management program slated for January, and how dually eligible Californians can be more effectively served through DHCS’s upcoming Medicare Medi-Cal Plans. Thanks for reading! … Read more

California has made progress building health data networks across the state for years now — data systems that securely deliver information on your medications, health history, and hospitalizations in real time between your different healthcare providers (imagine never having to fill out that clipboard before your medical appointment again!). While those technology systems are significantly … Read more

In case you missed it, we recently released the Topical Agenda for the 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up on Sept. 22nd! If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here. We’re currently working to curate speakers for each panel, so keep your eye out for a full list of conference speakers when we release … Read more

This edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” features a look at CalHHS’s new data exchange framework, a Q&A with Le Ondra Clark Harvey, PhD, CEO of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, about California’s implementation of the national 988 crisis hotline, and details on a November ballot initiative to codify abortion rights in … Read more

A big thank you to our Convening Panel members who recently came together to discuss the issues, speakers, and topics that will form the agenda for the 2022 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference. We’re getting close to finalizing our Topical Agenda, which we will release in just a few weeks! In this edition of “5 Things We’re … Read more

The Alaska Department of Health (DOH) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for statewide health information exchange (HIE) services.     The state is seeking a contractor to provide HIE services that offer secure, modern solutions and achieve optimal administrative outcomes through technical support. The system will support Alaska’s health care providers and residents. … Read more

The legislature finalized their version of the FY22-23 budget last week. In the remaining days of June, legislative leaders will meet with Gov. Newsom’s office to hash out remaining disagreements. The governor is required to sign a finalized version before the end of the month, but state leaders are likely to continue putting finishing touches … Read more

Accessing health care in California can be a hurdle in itself. For our low-income, unhoused and vulnerable citizens, many of whom make up the 14 million Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal, finding and returning regularly to a usual source of care can be challenging. In my region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, about 30% of … Read more

We’ve got some important updates in this week’s newsletter, including several on-the-move bills and an overview of health funding in Gov. Newsom’s May Revise budget proposal. We also have coverage of the steps California is taking to protect abortion rights in the wake of a likely Roe v. Wade overturn, and new CHCF data showing the … Read more

With just over a month until we host the 2022 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference, our team is hard at work bringing together the speakers, topics, and conversations that we’re sure stakeholders from all siloes will find valuable. We’re excited to announce that Chuck Milligan, chief operating officer at Health Management Associates, will join … Read more