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(December 5, 2019)

By Hilary Haycock, MPP, President, Tanya Schwartz, MPP, MSW, Principal and Senior Director, Medicaid Policy and Carri Ziegler, Vice President of Strategic Communication and Public Affairs

This week, California became the first state to launch a statewide effort – “ACEs Aware” – designed to systematically address the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on health. ACEs are stressful or traumatic events experienced before age 18 that relate to ten categories of adversities across three domains: physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; physical or emotional neglect; and household dysfunction (e.g. a parent with a mental health condition or substance use disorder, absence due to separation or divorce, or intimate partner violence). ...

(November 27, 2019)

By Trish Violett, Junior Policy Consultant and Megan Thomas, Director, Quality Initiatives

Over the past four years, the 52 hospitals and health systems participating in the California Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program have been working to improve care delivery and maximize health care value through a “pay-for-performance” model. The PRIME hospitals are using evidence-based quality improvement methods to achieve designated goals and outcomes on select clinical projects and associated performance metrics....

(November 1, 2019)

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

This week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal initiative (CalAIM). The initiative provides a roadmap for how the state proposes to continue to evolve its Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), and specifically its managed care delivery system, over the next decade....

(September 4, 2019)

By Chelsea Kelleher, Senior Policy Consultant

On Saturday, January 12th, police responded to a call from a house in suburban Chico, California. When they arrived, the officers found 13 individuals unconscious, apparently the result of a mass drug overdose. Officers administered Narcan, the nasal spray form of the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and were able to revive 12 of the 13 individuals. Authorities later discovered that the overdose was caused by the presence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin....

(July 18, 2019)

By Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant, Tanya Schwartz, Director, Medicaid Policy, and Ryan MacDonald, Director, Outreach and Engagement

On July 1, 2019, eight additional counties in California launched the Health Homes Program (HHP) for Medi-Cal (Medicaid) beneficiaries. The two counties that launched HHP on January 1st of this year – San Bernardino and Riverside – also expanded their HHPs to serve Medi-Cal members with mental health conditions in addition to those with physical health conditions....

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