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 …

Medi-Cal Managed Care and Foster Care Issues in Los Angeles County

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, May 12, 2016

In Los Angeles County, almost 21,000 children are in foster care, which is about one-third of the statewide total. Foster care children rely on the State’s Medi-Cal program to obtain health care services, but they are generally not mandatorily enrolled in a Medi-Cal managed care plan, except for dependents in County Organized Health Service (COHS) …