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Health Affairs to Conduct Briefing on California’s Medi-Cal Waiver
Experts to discuss perspectives on promoting health system improvement

Health Affairs, with support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation, will conduct a briefing on California’s Medi-Cal waiver on June 11 from 10 a.m. – noon. California’s five-year section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” demonstration waiver is set to expire Oct. 31. On March 27, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted its final draft 1115 Medi-Cal 2020 waiver renewal application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for approval by Nov. 1. At the briefing, experts will discuss how waivers are being used to promote system improvement, delve into California’s experiences with and lessons from the current waiver, and explore opportunities in the latest waiver renewal application.

To register for the event visit the online registration site. The event will be recorded and available on the Health Affairs website afterward.

In its waiver renewal application, DHCS is requesting approximately $17 billion in federal investments to advance several payment and delivery system transformation strategies, including: 1) shared savings with the federal government to be reinvested into the Medi-Cal program; 2) delivery system transformation and alignment programs; and 3) a redesign of reimbursement methods for public hospital systems that is tied to providing care for the remaining uninsured. DHCS will continue to engage stakeholders over the coming months to refine proposals included in the waiver renewal application.

Confirmed speakers for the event are:

  • Andrew Bindman, professor of medicine, Health Policy, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UC San Francisco
  • Mari Cantwell, chief deputy director, Health Care Programs, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Brad Gilbert, CEO, Inland Empire Health Plan
  • Mitch Katz, director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Michael Kelley Gusmano, research scholar, The Hastings Center
  • Jennifer Kent, director, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Peter Long, president and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • Naderah Pourat, professor of health services, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Alan Weil, editor-in-chief, Health Affairs
  • Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California

The final Medi-Cal 2020 waiver application is attached. For more information, visit the DHCS 1115 Wavier Renewal website.