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Report Examines State Pilot Programs’ Impact on Health Care Safety Net

A new report from the California Health Care Foundation explores health policy pilots in California, drawing conclusions about broader trends and opportunities for impactful innovation. The analysis covers six pilot programs that address challenges facing California’s safety net and identifies how the programs’ policy changes have affected safety-net providers and health plans. Programs analyzed are the Coordinated Care Initiative, Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System, Federally Qualified Health Centers Alternative Payment Methodology Pilot, Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs, Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal and Whole-Person Care Program. According to the report, providers and health plans should develop new ways to deliver care that proactively identify and engage with patients; use data to inform decision-making and workflow; and coordinate across safety-net providers, plans and social services. The report also includes case studies demonstrating effective practices.