Webinar today: How to improve the CCS program

[ Posted on September 25th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

dhcsThe California Children’s Services (CCS) program plays an invaluable role in facilitating care of the state’s sickest children. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is working with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to understand opportunities for improvement and potential changes to the CCS program.

These efforts focus on improving access to health care for children and youth with special health care needs and eliminating the fragmentation that exists in the current system. This webinar will discuss DHCS’ plans to utilize a stakeholder process to inform decision-making and prioritization of CCS redesign efforts.

What: “How to Improve the California Children’s Services Program” webinar
When: Friday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m.
How: Join the live-streamed webinar at the link below:
Listen using your computer speakers — there is no separate conference call-in number. See the slide presentation here.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
For more information about the webinar, please contact Jessica Padilla at jessicap@ucla.edu or (310) 794-0953.

Unmarried or unpartnered older women and mental stress

[ Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_Logo_80pxCalifornia women age 65 and older who are unmarried or lack a partner are 40 percent more likely than older women who are partnered to have mild to severe psychological distress, according to California Health Interview Survey data cited in a California Research Bureau study.

About 15 percent of the unpartnered older women who sought or thought they needed help with their mental health lacked insurance or had a health plan that didn’t cover mental health care. Economically, older unpartnered women were much less financially secure than women who were partnered, with 45 percent living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, compared to 25 percent of partnered older women.

Read the study.

Bumpy path to managed care for former “dual eligibles”

[ Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


About 450,000 frail, elderly “dual eligibles” – those who had health benefits under both Medi-Cal and Medicare – are being moved into a managed care pilot program, as outlined in a study by HOME Project director Kathryn Kietzman. But a story in New American Media says many in the program are struggling with the change and don’t understand their health care choices and rights.

The story highlights problems encountered by dual eligible Filipinos, some with limited English skills and lower educational levels, who were unaware they had to choose to opt out of the three-year pilot program, which enrolled beneficiaries automatically. The story said advocacy groups have unsuccessfully tried to sue the state to halt the program until problems are resolved.

Read the story.

Hospital administration accounts for one-quarter of total U.S. hospital costs

[ Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Hospital administrative costs in the U.S. account for 25.3 percent of total hospital costs, compared to 15.5 percent in England’s single-payer health care system, according to a study cited by WBUR-Boston.

The Health Affairs study looked at several countries in 2010 and found that Scotland had the smallest proportion of hospital costs going to administration, 11.7 percent, followed by Canada with 12.4 percent, Wales with 14.2, England with 15.5 percent and the Netherlands with 19.8 percent.

The Center’s Dylan Roby says a solution to the “very fragmented and complex” U.S. health system could be a single-payer system that is “somewhat market-driven … if there’s political support for it.”

Read the story.

Preventing chronic disease in California

[ Posted on September 12th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

ca_wellnessplanThe state’s public health department has a road map to promote health and prevent chronic disease in California Wellness Plan, 2014.

CHIS data will be used as a baseline and a measuring tool in more than a dozen objectives, from gauging kids’ consumption of sugary drinks to tracking whether seniors feel their overall health has improved.

The plan’s emphasis is on the elimination of preventable chronic disease, such as cancer, stroke, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular and other diseases.

Read the report.

Waiting to fill the prescription bottle

[ Posted on September 9th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

About 1 in 4 white Californian adults reported having delayed getting prescription drugs or medical services in the past year, significantly higher than California overall, at 21.5 percent. This graphic is from the Center’s new 2011-2012 Race and Ethnicity Health Profiles, a report on the health status of the state’s diverse population.

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