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Californians for Coordinated Care Supports Program Improvements to Coordinated Care Initiative

Corporate news | Monday, April 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Today Californians for Coordinated Care, a coalition representing a broad range of California health providers, consumer advocates and health plans working to improve care and lower costs through the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) announced support for the Department of Health Care Services' newly released proposals to improve the program.

The coalition includes CAPG, the Voice of Accountable Physician Groups, California Council Of The Alzheimer's Association, Service Employees International Union, County Welfare Directors Association of California, California Association of Health Plans, Local Health Plans of California, California State Association of Counties, Congress of California Seniors, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, and health plans from across California.

"The Coordinated Care Initiative brings together the many pieces of our health care and long term care delivery systems and can vastly improve the quality of life for those receiving in-­home supportive services," said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU Local 2015. "Program improvements, like streamlined enrollment and extended continuity of care will only make the program more viable and accessible to those who need it."

"Molina is a strong supporter of the CCI program, and we stand ready to serve new members entering the program, allowing them to benefit from having a medical home and a wealth of support across the continuum of care," said Richard Chambers, President of Molina Healthcare of California. "We support an improved passive enrollment process where incoming members are better educated and their providers understand the important benefits of coordinated care, and we look forward to working closely with DHCS to identify members' needs and assign care managers to ease their transition into managed care. Molina is also supportive of an easier process for streamlined enrollment, and we look forward to working with DHCS to provide beneficiaries with the best information to make the decision that is right for them."

"Physicians and other medical professionals understand that the Coordinated Care Initiative brings together all parts of a person's healthcare, and that this is critical to their overall wellbeing and more importantly, to their personal fulfillment," said Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell, Chief Medical Officer of CAPG, the Voice of Accountable Physician Groups. "That's why we also support program improvements to CCI being made by DHCS, including streamlining enrollment in the program and making sure patients can keep their doctors during the transition."

The Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) strives to bring together the many pieces of our healthcare and long term care systems to improve the quality of life for Californians eligible for Medicare and Medi-­Cal. At its core, the CCI integrates care for seniors and people with disabilities, transforming California's fragmented health and long term care services into a system that is coordinated and provides quality, fully integrated, person-­centered care.

Without the CCI, 1.2 million seniors and people with disabilities would lose the coordinated care teams and other services offered through the program, and face yet another confusing and disruptive transition.

According to a study by the University of California, the majority of Coordinated Care enrollees are satisfied with the health care services they receive in key areas, such as the providers and hospitals available in the plan network, the teamwork of their providers, and the ability to get questions answered about their health care needs.

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CONTACT: Robin Swanson (916) 204-­6890