SANTA BARBARA, CA – January 16, 2019 – CenCal Health, the publicly-sponsored health plan that administers Medi-Cal in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties announced today the release of its 2018 Community Report. New this year is an entirely-digital format, complete with videos, audio testimonials and animation. In the past, the organization has issued the standard printed report but made the switch this year coinciding with its 35th anniversary in Santa Barbara County.
“All youth deserve reliable access to health care, which will allow them to focus on living happy and productive lives,” said Brianna Lierman of the Local Health Plans of California, a trade association representing not-for-profit health plans.
Monday, January 7, 2019 - Brianna Lierman, CEO of the Local Health Plans of California, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Newsom’s healthcare proposal.
“Expanding Medi-Cal to undocumented young adults is the right thing to do. All youth deserve reliable access to health care, which will allow them to focus on living happy and productive lives. Local health plans look forward to working with the Newsom Administration on this important and laudable goal.
Santa Barbara, CA – (December 18, 2018) – CenCal Health recently received a Collaborative Cancer Control Project Grant from the American Cancer Society to improve vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV) in South Santa Barbara county. The $10,000 award will be used to implement multiple HPV vaccination improvement projects in partnership with the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.
Santa Barbara, CA – (December 7, 2018) – The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has named Sheila Thompson, RN, CPHQ as the recipient of the Luc R. Pelletier Healthcare Quality Award. This award recognizes a NAHQ member who develops a performance improvement program or initiative that directly impacts the quality of healthcare for a defined group of patients and improves organizational performance.
Santa Barbara, CA – October 2, 2018 – A 1983 experiment in health care in Santa Barbara County gave birth to a health plan recognized by The Ford Foundation and Harvard University for its innovation and efficiency. That plan – originally called the Santa Barbara Health Initiative – is now known as CenCal Health, the first local-control Medicaid program of its kind in the nation.
ORANGE, California. (September 24, 2018) — For the fifth year in a row, CalOptima is California’s top-rated Medi-Cal plan, according to the NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018–2019. The NCQA ratings are based on standardized health care quality and customer satisfaction data.
CAMARILLO, Calif., September 7, 2018 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) today announced its partnership with California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) to train nursing students.
Starting in the spring semester, five nurses from GCHP’s Health Services Department will work with as many as seven nursing students from the school to introduce them to the world of Medi-Cal managed care.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin continues to encourage future Central Valley doctors, nurses and pharmacists. With its Health Careers Scholarships (HCS) program, HPSJ this year supports up to six local schools and programs, including San Joaquin Medical Society’s DECISION MEDICINE. To date, over HPSJ 170 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
(French Camp, CA) – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded Health Plan of San Joaquin its three-year reaccreditation in the category of Medicaid HMO. NCQA is one of the most comprehensive evaluations in the health insurance industry.
HPSJ Chief Medical Officer Lakshmi Dhanvanthari, MD, said: “Health Plans accredited by NCQA demonstrate their ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality care… NCQA is very member focused and this reaccreditation reaffirms the company wide dedication to serve our members and the community.”
Los Angeles – L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, held a “white coat” ceremony today to announce the eight students receiving full medical school scholarships of up to $350,000 through the plan’s Elevating the Safety Net initiative, which also launched today.
San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP), a community managed care health plan serving over 140,000 San Francisco residents, announced today that it has launched a new benefit “Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs”. San Francisco County is the first county in California to launch this innovative new Health Homes benefit allowing for fully coordinated care for eligible Medi-Cal members with chronic conditions.
1: What is relatively unique about Medi-Cal managed care compared to Medicaid programs elsewhere in the country?
Brianna Lierman: California is the nation’s most populous state and has the nation’s highest poverty rate when considering the high cost of living, so it follows that we also have the largest Medicaid program (“Medi-Cal”) with nearly 14 million Californians enrolled. Over 80% are enrolled in the state’s organized managed care delivery system while the rest are in traditional fee-for-service, which is on par with other states.
Presented by SurfMedia Communications, a Santa Barbara-based PR and marketing firm, some 60 nonprofit leaders from across the tri-counties joined forces at the Narrative Loft in Santa Barbara June 27 for an opportunity to reflect on recent challenges and plan for the future of their organizations.
International speaker, trainer and author Tai Sunnanon led the discussion at the event. Sunnanon commented on the abundance of leadership expertise in the room, and commended nonprofit leaders in the region for their resiliency and adaptability in the wake of recent disasters.
Meals That Connect hosted their 11th annual “Night of a Million Meals” event recently to raise money to feed San Luis Obispo County seniors. Thanks to a $100,000 matching funds offer from CenCal Health, the event raised close to $250,000.
Veteran nonprofit health care manager Amy Shin was looking for a leadership position in 2013, and Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) seemed to offer the right fit. After years of working in senior roles at respected Bay Area managed care organizations, here was a CEO job not too far from her Oakland home.