California

Innovations

Awareness Campaign Targeting Young Minority Women Offers Free Home Test Kit for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Increases Access to Screening and Treatment 11/04/14

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health runs a sexually transmitted disease prevention program, targeted to minority women age 12 to 25,  that promotes the availability of a free, at-...

California Law Enhances Access to Affordable Care by Limiting Amount Hospitals Can Collect From Low-Income Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 01/30/14

Enacted by the California State legislature, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act limits the amount all licensed, general acute-care hospitals (including nonprofit, for-profit, and public hospitals) can...

Data-Driven System Helps Emergency Medical Services Identify Frequent Callers and Connect Them to Community Services, Reducing Transports and Costs 12/30/13

The City of San Diego's emergency medical services system implemented a program to identify individuals who frequently call 911 and arrange for them to receive relevant medical, social service,...

Reference-Pricing Policy for Hip/Knee Replacements Generates Significant Savings by Encouraging Enrollees To Choose High-Value Facilities 12/18/13

In collaboration with Anthem Blue Cross, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (more commonly referred to as CalPERS) changed the benefit design for its self-funded preferred provider...

Community Health Workers Known as Promotores Enhance Access to Culturally Tailored Services for Elderly, Low-Income Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Leading to Improvements in Mental Health 12/05/13

The Union of Pan Asian Communities manages and oversees the Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (more commonly known as EMASS) Program, which uses community health workers known as...

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