(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....

(July 22, 2018)

By Bethany Snyder, Director, Outreach and Communications; Tanya Schwartz, Director of Medicaid Policy; and Hilary Haycock, President

On July 1, the California Medicaid program launched its Health Homes Program, which provides a new set of health care services at no cost to beneficiaries with certain chronic health conditions and/or a serious mental illness. San Francisco County is the first county to roll-out the program, with 28 other counties implementing in two phases over the next year...

(November 30, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

Recently, the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the future direction of the agency’s priorities. The RFI noted that CMS was seeking feedback on “a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.”...

(July 7, 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....