A student-run organization at Wayne State University (WSU) is working to help Detroit’s homeless population gain access to needed quality medical care.     Nearly 1,700 people were experiencing homelessness in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park in January 2022, according to a point-in-time count conducted by the Detroit Continuum of Care, the Homeless Action Network … Read more

Value-based care aims to improve quality of care and lower healthcare costs, and professionals are working to expand the model in the behavioral health sector in Florida.     Experts discussed those efforts at the Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value President and CEO Dr. Karen van Caulil said … Read more

Florida needs to expand access to healthcare in underserved areas, and the number of practicing clinicians in those areas, according to a new report. The Florida Council of 100, a 62-year-old nonpartisan group of business/civic/academic leaders, recently released its A Healthier Florida report, which was developed over the past two years. It states that Florida … Read more

In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” Andrew Suchocki, Medical Director for Clackamas Health Centers, discusses the organization’s work in preparing to take value-based payment to the next level.     “We’re working on being nimble and responsive to the needs of the state, our payors, and our patients to blend those goals together. Meaning … Read more

VA Puget Sound Health Care System celebrated the opening of its new outpatient clinic in Everett on Tuesday as part of its ongoing primary care expansion plans to better serve veterans.     The clinic will be open for in-person care on Oct. 3rd. Virtual care services have been in place since Nov. 1st, 2021. … Read more

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ (Peak Vista) Family Medicine Residency (FMR) Program will conclude with its current resident class, set to graduate in 2024.  Over the past year, Peak Vista leadership and the Board of Directors have been evaluating the sustainability of the FMR Program. After much consideration, the Board of … Read more

According to the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and Edrington Health Consulting (EHC), Medi-Cal plans placing a greater focus on primary care can improve the quality of care and health equity in the Medi-Cal program.     A new study conducted by the 2 organizations found that there is significant variation in primary care spending … Read more

I’m happy to announce that the registration page for our 2022 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now live! You can register here to join us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport on Sept. 22nd! We’re holding our Convening Panel meeting for the event today, so stay tuned for the announcement of panel … Read more

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and related clinics, such as Look-Alikes (LALs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs), provide a significant portion of primary care visits to Medi-Cal enrollees, according to a new report published by the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).     The report specifically found that FQHCs, LALs, and RHCs delivered nearly 44% … Read more

Happy Thursday! In today’s newsletter, we bring you a Q&A with Democratic Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman that you won’t want to miss, an overview of two contentious bills moving through the California Legislature, and data that associates higher investment in primary care with positive quality and cost outcomes. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   … Read more