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September 15, 2016

DHCS Releases Plan to Evaluate PRIME Program

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its plan to evaluate California’s new waiver program to strengthen care in public safety-net hospitals and care systems to solicit public input while the proposal is reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This improvement effort, the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME), is one of the major initiatives of the Medi-Cal 2020 waiver that CMS approved in December 2015.

PRIME is designed to expand access and improve health outcomes in California’s public safety net hospitals and hospital systems while managing utilization. The Special Terms and Conditions of the MEdi-Cal 2020 waiver require DHCS to design an evaluation specifying methods to determine whether PRIME has achieved the intended program goals and objectives. More information, including a link to the draft evaluation design, is available here.

Recent Census Data Shows Drop in Uninsured Rate

California’s uninsured rates continued to drop in 2015, leading to the uninsured rate falling by half since 2013, according to a recent report by the California Budget and Policy Center. The report argues that this drop reflects California’s efforts to fully implement the reforms of the Affordable Care Act. Read more about the report and the recent census data here.

Let’s Get Healthy California Announces Innovation Challenge 2.0

The California Health and Human Services Agency and the California Department of Public Health announced the second Innovation Challenge from Let’s Get Healthy California. Innovation Challenge 2.0 encourages community and health advocates across California to share ideas and projects that will help achieve Let’s Get Healthy California’s goal of improving the health of every Californian. Information on how to submit an innovation or to learn more about the challenge is available here. The submission deadline is October 12, 2016.

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