A Collaborative Approach for Patients with Diabetes

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

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

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

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

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 …

Capitol Morning Report – Catching up with David Panush

David Panush writes a song for just about every turning point in life. The former external affairs director for Covered California, who retired two years ago at 56, wrote his theme song for retirement, sort of a country/blues tune—“you don’t know where you’re going to, what you’re gonna do, you gotta make the most of …

A Backdoor Attack on Health Care – Just Say No

Like drunken sailors on holiday, the Republican Congress and President Trump are poised to enact a massive, end-of-the year tax give-away. The top 1% of American taxpayers benefit the most with hopes that some will trickle down. After spending years touting their fiscal responsibility and railing against the federal deficit, their tax proposal is expected …

Fixing Obamacare: It Can Be Done

Health care is something that should transcend political parties, ideological doctrines and beltway politics. As crazy as that sounds, Democrats and Republicans have found ways in the past to bridge the partisan divide on major health policy issues such as insurance for low-income children, the expansion of Medicare to include drugs, and changing the way …

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

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 …

Covered California Tells Insurers To Plan For The Worst

Amid growing uncertainty over federal health care funding, Covered California is calling on health insurers to prepare for the worst. The state health insurance exchange Wednesday instructed participating insurers to submit alternative premium hike proposals for 2018 in the event they lose federal payments for subsidies that reduce some consumers’ out-of-pocket medical expenses. These so-called …