CHA News Article

DHCS Offers Updates on Coordinated Care Initiative

At a meeting yesterday of the Health and Human Service (HHS) Agency’s Olmstead Advisory Committee, HHS Secretary Diana Dooley and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Chief Margaret Tatar provided implementation updates on the Coordinated Care Initiative/Cal MediConnect, including that enrollment materials and the “choice” form will be made available in August. The materials have been revised in response to stakeholder concerns and developed and tested with consumer focus groups. CHA has requested that copies of the final form and materials be shared with providers, including hospitals, as soon as possible. In addition, DHCS reported that implementation of Cal MediConnect in Alameda and Orange counties, most recently anticipated for January 2015, will be delayed until July 1, 2015. Implementation must occur no later than July in order for the counties to be included in the demonstration program.