(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...

(September 24, 2018)

By Hilary Haycock, President and Lilly Clements, Junior Policy Consultant

Public programs are notoriously byzantine, and individuals who are trying to navigate across multiple public programs can face serious barriers to getting the care they need. California is one of 13 states operating a “duals demonstration” – or an initiative to provide more integrated care to individuals who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal (Medicaid in California) benefits (known as dual eligibles)....

(August 8, 2018)

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Policy and Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

The State of California is midway through a five-year effort to dramatically expand, improve, and reorganize Medi-Cal’s system for treating people with a substance use disorder (SUD). Forty California counties are taking part in the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) pilot program under California’s Medicaid Section 1115 waiver, which was approved in 2015 and will run through 2020. ...

(June 27, 2018)

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications

Pride month is a time to honor the achievements and contributions of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Marked by the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969, the month provides the opportunity to celebrate the unprecedented gains in LGBTQ equality, while also reflecting on the work left to be done....

(May 8, 2018)

By Lucy Pagel, Senior Policy Consultant

Between 2015 and 2016, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 22%, with more than 64,000 deaths nationwide. Opioids are responsible for more than 66% of these fatalities. California is home to more people with opioid use disorders (OUDs) than any other state in the country; and some small counties in California have higher rates of overdose deaths than most states....