OUR BLOG

Care Coordination

(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!...

(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....

(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....