A Collaborative Approach for Patients with Diabetes

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, January 18, 2018

As front-line health care providers, optometrists are seeing alarming increases in the prevalence of diabetes among their patients. In response, the California Optometric Association (COA) has spearheaded a statewide effort to improve prevention, early intervention and treatment of this deadly disease. Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans. Lower income individuals have significantly higher incidence of diabetes, but …

How Many Incarcerated Individuals Received Psychotropic Medication in California Jails: 2012­-2017

By Konrad Franco, David Panush, and David­-Maxwell-­Jolly

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, January 17, 2018

This policy brief uses data from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to estimate the number of jail inmates who receive psychotropic medication and assess the relative representation of this group among the jail population. To provide a measure of the prevalence of mental illness in jail, we reviewed data from 45 counties …

Caring For Individuals With Diabetes: Medical Group Report Card For Medicare Advantage Members

By California Health Policy Strategies

California Health Policy Strategies, January 17, 2018

Data from the California Office of the Patient Advocate and Integrated Healthcare Association allow us to compare Medical Groups serving patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in California in 2015-2016. These slides present diabetes-related quality scores for 171 different medical groups. At the end of this presentation is a comprehensive list of all the medical …

Reentry Health Project Report: Highlights – Power Point Presentation, January 2018

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, January 16, 2018

Objective: Identify state and county-level policies and practices that impede the delivery of effective health and behavioral health care services to people who are reentering their communities following incarceration in prison or jail; and find best practices that can be replicated at the state and local level.

Reentry Health Policy Project: Meeting the Serious Medical and Mental Health Needs of Californians Leaving Jails and Prison

By California Health Policy Strategies

California Health Policy Strategies, January 8, 2018

Justice-involved populations tend to experience high rates of physical and mental health problems within complicated social contexts, including long term unemployment, chronic system dependence, weak social ties, and residence in economically-depressed areas. Consequently, many are high utilizers of multiple systems who pose unique challenges to the correctional, community health, and social service systems that are …

Medi-Cal Enrollees and Emergency Department Utilization: Encounters as a Rate Remains Flat

By Zachary Goldman

California Health Policy Strategies, June 21, 2017

Despite recent media coverage about increased emergency department (ED) use among Medi-Cal enrollees since expanding coverage in 2014, the data tell a much different story when put into context. Emergency department encounters for Medi-Cal enrollees grew from 800,000 in 2013 to 1.4 million in 2016, and Medi-Cal enrollment grew from 9.9 million to 13.5 million …

Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans: Diabetes Care HEDIS Measures

By California Health Policy Strategies

California Health Policy Strategies, July 16, 2016

Both Medi-Cal Managed Care plans and commercial plans are required to report common health outcome measures called HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) scores. There are 53 Medi-Cal managed care plans that serve over 10 million Californians. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) tracks and publishes HEDIS scores of all Medi-Cal Managed …