Medi-Cal

About Medi-Cal

Every year, California’s hospitals treat millions of patients, many of them covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health care safety net. This includes numerous essential health care services for Californians, including care for more than 50% of all births, 46% of behavioral health-related emergency department visits, 58% of rural hospital patient care days, 1 million inpatient stays, and nearly 16 million outpatient visits in 2018. CHA is committed to protecting Medi-Cal rates and assuring that the state’s neediest maintain access to the high quality of care that all Californians deserve.

Northern Sierra Hospitals Advocate for Rural Health Access

Who What The Northern Sierra Section met on April 10 at Sutter Health Park with an agenda focused on information sharing between and among hospitals, the California Hospital Association (CHA), and Hospital Council.    During the hospital roundtable, it became evident that integrating advanced practice professionals (APPs) into the care model poses challenges for several hospitals. […]

Challenges Continue in Rural North, but There’s Also Good News

Who What Many hospitals serve a sizeable Medi-Cal population, making the upcoming Medi-Cal redeterminations a big topic of conversation. Some counties are well positioned to promptly complete redeterminations, while others have staffing challenges that make timely completion difficult. Hospital Council is working wherever possible with payers and counties to help this county-led process. The lack […]

Contra Costa Hospital Leaders Get Medi-Cal Briefing

Who What On April 11, Hospital Council convened Contra Costa County hospital leaders, the CEOs of Contra Costa Health and the Contra Costa Health Plan, as well as the director of the Contra Costa Employment & Human Services Department for a Medi-Cal briefing. The briefing covered the topics of Medi-Cal eligibility redetermination, the transition to […]

XFERALL™ – New Behavioral Health Patient Transfer Technology Launching in California – Participant Information

Hospital Council is hosting a webinar on February 7 from 1 – 2:00 p.m. to provide an overview and share updates on the implementation of XFERALL™, a tool designed to help hospitals reduce the strain on overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) and transfer behavioral health patients to appropriate inpatient treatment facilities more quickly. The XFERALL™ National […]

Fighting the Frustration

As I talk to many of you regularly about the issues hospitals face fulfilling their essential missions of care in their communities, the feeling I sense more than any other is frustration. Whether it is conflicting directives from state agencies or blame from a general public understandably exhausted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it can feel like no one is listening to us as we express the very urgent need for policies that support, rather than undermine, the vital work hospitals perform.

Introducing Proximo

Learn more as experts show how to use this powerful tool and answer questions about how to apply this time-saving solution in your hospital environment. 

Vigilance and Resilience for Hospitals

After more than two-and-a-half years, I know we are all tired, exhausted, frustrated, and ready to put COVID-19 behind us. But although much of the public and many of our elected officials have moved on from the pandemic, choosing to get back to regularly scheduled activities and no longer considering this a health emergency, COVID-19 remains an issue that deeply impacts Californians and our hospitals. Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have been steadily rising over the past several weeks, and closer to home in the Bay Area is where you’ll find California’s worst case rate. 

DHCS Releases Guidance on Medi-Cal Eligibility for New Ukraine Arrivals

On April 29, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released a Medi-Cal Eligibility Division Information Letter (MEDIL) to provide guidance to counties on the Medi-Cal eligibility of Ukrainian nationals arriving in California. Ukrainians will enter the U.S. with a variety of immigration statuses. The MEDIL provides guidance on how to establish Medi-Cal eligibility for this population based on current Medi-Cal policy for state and federal Medi-Cal benefits. DHCS will continue to work closely with the state Office of Refugee Health and stakeholders to ensure that new Ukrainian arrivals receive the Medi-Cal benefits to which they are entitled.