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RVP Roundup

Here’s a look at some of the work that Hospital Council RVPs have been involved in over the past few weeks.

On Nov. 18, the state announced that the rollout of the Medi-Cal Managed Care Pharmacy program with Magellan has been delayed until April 1, 2021. This move by the state to the new pharmacy program remains unpopular with many, including providers concerned about negative impacts on patient care. One clinic network reports this will result in a $2 million loss of 340B dollars, plus a loss of investment in time, software, dollars, and staff administering 340B. That clinic network is joining with others to sue the state to carve them out of the program.

Shasta County’s Whole Person Care effort to provide medical respite is under way. A clinic and local hospitals are standing up medical respite in the hopes that, in time, California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal or some other funding mechanism will be in place to make it sustainable.

SacValley MedShare (SVMS), the largest health information exchange (HIE) in the north state, recently completed an eHealth eXchange connection to Sutter. Sutter providers can view patient information from many participating providers already connected to the HIE, including Dignity, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis. This information will be especially useful in emergency situations when up-to-date patient information is most critical. The Hospital Council has held a board position on SVMS since its inception.