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(July 07, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock, President
and Lucy Pagel, Policy Consultant


Harbage Consulting, with support from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) released “Medi-Cal Matters,” a report detailing the importance of California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, to Californians. Through a series of graphs and infographics, the report demonstrates the many benefits Medi-Cal delivers to Californians, by providing access to vital health care providers and services to millions of Californians at all stages of life and levels of need. The report highlights the value Californians find in the Medi-Cal program as well as the economic benefits....

(June 14, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation
and Hilary Haycock, President


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in more than 20 million Americans gaining health coverage through the creation of the health insurance marketplaces and the expansion of the Medicaid program. Since 2010, the uninsurance rate has decreased from nearly 16 percent to only 8.8 percent today. One of the remaining challenges facing states is the instability of the individual insurance marketplace, which has caused premiums to increase significantly in some parts of the country....

(May 02, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock
President


Last week, I gave a presentation at the Northern California State of Reform Conference on what multi-silo care coordination looks like in California’s safety net. The good news? California is investing in innovative programs designed to break down those silos and help providers deliver person-centered care. The bad news? We still have a long way to go!...

(April 19, 2017)

By Megan Thomas
Senior Policy Consultant


About 16 percent of the more than 60,000 children between pre-kindergarten and the eighth grade served in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) need eye glasses, according to the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Uncorrected vision can have numerous consequences, including poor school performance and interference with physical and social development. Glasses are an easy way to improve vision quickly and can positively influence learning, achievement and self-esteem....

(March 29, 2017)

By Erynne Jones
Senior Policy Consultant


Often, the challenge in increasing access to mental health services in diverse communities can be as much about cultural competency and reducing stigma as it is about having available clinicians and facilities. Cultural competency can be a big deal in these communities, helping make consumers feel comfortable accessing the behavioral health care they need....

(March 15, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom
Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation


Much has been said (and speculated) about the future of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and insurance exchanges. While policy makers and pundits in Washington agree that change is afoot, one thing seems clear: health care delivery system transformation is here to stay....

(March 01, 2017)

By Lucy Pagel, Policy Consultant
and Jennifer Ryan, Vice President


California recently launched an innovative new initiative – the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot program – designed to take a comprehensive approach to improving the health outcomes of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are high utilizers of the health care system. Our team has been proud to work with the Department of Health Care Services on the design and implementation of the WPC Pilot program. Today, Harbage Consulting released an overview of the program entitled, California’s Whole Person Care Pilot Program: County Partnerships to Improve the Health of Medi-Cal Beneficiaries....

(February 27, 2017)

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Integration
and Courtney Kashiwagi, Senior Policy Consultant


This month, two California counties began delivering substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services to Medi-Cal enrollees under the state’s pilot program testing a new delivery system for enrollees with SUDs. The pilot, known as the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS), was authorized in 2015 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under California’s Medicaid Section 1115 waiver....

(January 18, 2017)

By Lucy Pagel
Policy Consultant

Approved at the end of 2015, California’s Medicaid section 1115 waiver renewal, known as Medi-Cal 2020 is now well underway. The waiver has many components, but the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was particularly active in three areas during 2016: 1) The Public Hospital redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program (formerly known as DSRIP), 2) The Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot program, and 3) The Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS). Harbage Consulting was proud to provide policy and operational support to the state on each of these initiatives....

(January 04, 2017)

By Hilary Haycock
President, Harbage Consulting

As we move into 2017, Harbage Consulting is proud of the great work accomplished with our clients over the past year.  We know there is a lot of work ahead of us, and we look forward to helping our clients achieve their goals and working together to protect the Medicaid program and the health care safety net in a changing environment....

(December 22, 2016)

By Tanya Schwartz
Director, Medicaid Policy


Baltimore City officials recently announced that the infant mortality rate in Baltimore reached an all-time low in 2015, due in large part to the success of the B’More for Healthy Babies Initiative. B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) is a citywide public-private partnership led by the Baltimore City Health Department with more than 100 partners that seeks to ensure that all babies are born at a healthy weight, full-term and ready to thrive in healthy families....

(December 08, 2016)

By Jennifer Ryan
Vice President, Harbage Consulting


Last week, West Virginia submitted its first Medicaid section 1115 waiver request – a proposal designed to address the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Developed with support from Harbage Consulting, West Virginia’s waiver application is an important step toward gaining federal financial support and technical assistance to build a continuum of care, promote access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and support long-term recovery....

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