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(March 22, 2019)

By Lucy Pagel, MPH, Carol Backstrom, MPA, and Hilary Haycock, MPP

California’s Whole Person Care (WPC) pilots – a key component of the state’s Medi-Cal 2020 Section 1115 waiver – have been operational since 2017. With two years of implementation behind them, the 25 WPC pilots have met with many challenges and discovered new opportunities to improve access to health and social services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This week, the Department of Health Care Services published a paper Whole Person Care: A Mid-Point Check-in, written by Lucy Pagel, Carol Backstrom, and Hilary Haycock of Harbage Consulting (funded by the California Health Care Foundation)....

(March 20, 2019)

By Hilary Haycock, President

“I measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her fellow human beings.” – Margaret Mead

I am excited and proud to announce some important staffing changes within our firm.  As you know, Harbage Consulting’s mission is to promote access to comprehensive, high-quality, affordable health coverage and care and every member of our team is dedicated to that mission.  We pride ourselves on our relationship-driven approach to client service and the changes we are announcing today will further solidify that commitment....

(February 25, 2019)

By Allison Valentine, Senior Policy Consultant and Chelsea Kelleher, Senior Policy Consultant

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 19.7 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder (SUD) –  including 2.1 million people with an opioid use disorder (OUD, i.e. addiction to heroin, illicit fentanyl, or prescription pain medications) and 14.5 million people with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based treatment strategy ...

(February 11, 2019)

By Tanya Schwartz, Director, Medicaid Policy and Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant

On January 1st, the California Health Homes Program (HHP) rolled out in two additional counties – Riverside and San Bernardino – after first launching in San Francisco in July 2018. San Francisco also expanded its HHP program to serve Medi-Cal members with mental health conditions in addition to those with physical health conditions....

(December 27, 2018)

By  Jennifer Ryan, Vice President and Hilary Haycock, President


As 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank all of you for sharing in our mission of promoting access to affordable health coverage and care. We are grateful to our clients and partners, new and longstanding, for your faith in Harbage Consulting and for...

(December 20, 2018)

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant; Megan Thomas, Senior Policy Consultant; and Jennifer Ryan, Vice President


Since 2015, Harbage Consulting has supported the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) with the planning and execution of Learning Collaboratives for California’s Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program. The hospitals and health systems participating in PRIME (PRIME entities) are working to maximize health care value by using evidence-based quality...

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