CHA News Article

CHCF to Conduct Data Symposium on High Utilizers of Medi-Cal Services
Will discuss implications for program design and policy development

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has announced a one-day symposium to discuss new research by state officials and university partners on the characteristics, health care usage and costs associated with Medi-Cal’s high-cost populations, as well as research emerging from the state of Washington. California’s government collects vast amounts of clinical and cost data about the care it provides to the 12 million individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal, the nation’s largest Medicaid program. Staff from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and other experts will join the symposium to discuss the implications for program design and policy development. To register, visit the event registration site.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Sarah Brooks, MSW, chief, Managed Care Quality and Monitoring Division, DHCS
  • Debbie Innes-Gomberg, PhD, district chief, Mental Health Services Act Implementation and Outcomes Division, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, director, Institute for Population Health Improvement, UC Davis Health System, and distinguished professor, UC Davis School of Medicine (Department of Emergency Medicine) and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH, medical director, DHCS
  • David Mancuso, PhD, director, Research and Data Analysis Division, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Chris Perrone, MPP, director, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, CHCF
  • Linette Scott, MD, MPH, chief medical information officer, DHCS
  • Sarah S. Steenhausen, MS, senior policy advisor, The SCAN Foundation
  • Jim Watkins, CPA, MPPA, chief, Research and Analytics Studies Branch, DHCS