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Outreach / 26.07.2017

By Ryan MacDonald, Director of Outreach and Engagement

Physicians are a crucial element of our health care system.They are on the frontlines, not only directing patient care, but also implementing many of the system changes we need to improve care and achieve greater efficiencies. Efforts to increase access, quality, and value in the health care delivery system hinge on physician buy-in – making physician engagement a top priority for many of Harbage Consulting’s clients....

The Future of Medicaid / 07.07.2017

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....

Insurance Markets / 14.06.2017

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....

Care Coordination, Delivery Systems / 02.05.2017

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!...

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