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Better data collection and sharing continues to be central need for addressing SDOH, according to Oregon experts

| Nov 14, 2022 | Oregon

According to RJ Briscione, Principal at the Focus Group, addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) requires several critical elements: having reliable and current data on folks’ social needs; being on the ground and talking to people face-to-face; and the ability to adjust and make changes. Briscione guided a panel...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: SDOH transformation plan, GET medical services exemption, Q&A on medication use disparities

| Nov 10, 2022 | Hawaii

We're glad to be back reporting in Hawaii after a brief hiatus last month. Reporter Shane Ersland has recently began reporting in the state, and his coverage of Hawaii's SDOH improvement plan, an initiative to exempt medical services from the state's general excise tax, and efforts to address medication use...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: ED discharge data & the unhoused, Presumptive Medi-Cal eligibility, MedZed/Molina partnership

| Nov 9, 2022 | California

This edition features recommendations about using emergency department discharge data to improve service delivery for unhoused individuals, insight about how presumptive Medi-Cal eligibility can be used as an on-ramp for enrolling individuals in full Medi-Cal coverage, and reporting on a partnership between Molina Healthcare and MedZed that is successfully lowering...[ Read More ]

Hospital ED discharge data can provide useful information on unhoused Californians, according to new report

| Oct 25, 2022 | California

According to a recent report from the Public Policy Institute of California, hospital emergency department (ED) discharge data can provide useful information on people experiencing homelessness across the state.      The report says the discharge data captures a substantial amount of California’s unhoused population, and that the state should...[ Read More ]

5 Things California: Health bill update, Undocumented Medi-Cal coverage, Solutions for the unhoused

| Jul 7, 2022 | California

Gov. Newsom signed the finalized $308 billion FY 22-23 state budget last week, officially allocating funding to increase access to abortion services, establish an Office of Health Care Affordability, expand Medi-Cal coverage to all undocumented Californians, and more. We cover a couple of the budget's provisions below, along with recent bill movement in the...[ Read More ]