(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) Medical
Director Dorcas Yao, MD, has issued this advice: “When
thermometers rise to ‘extreme heat’ levels, heat-related illness
and even death can result. Everyone needs to take precautions.
However, the most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or
exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor,
and anyone with a chronic medical condition.”
The federal CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
recommends that we do the following:
(French Camp, CA) – San Joaquin County Director of Health Care Services Greg Diederich – chair of the San Joaquin Health Commission – has announced that the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has formally appointed John H. Zeiter, MD and County Administrator for San Joaquin County Monica Nino to the board of the Health Commission, the governing board of Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ).
CAMARILLO, Calif., July 25, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP)
is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Friday with a fun
event that will recognize the contributions of the Plan’s
GCHP went live on July 1, 2011 with about 25 employees and
100,000 members; five years later, the Plan now has 185 employees
and more than 207,000 members – growing from an intrepid startup
to the well-managed business it is today.
ORANGE, Calif. (July 22, 2016) — The Association
for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) presented its 11th annual
Supporting the Safety Net Award to Irvine-based Illumination
Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
access to housing, education, health care and other resources for
people in Orange County who are experiencing homelessness.
ORANGE, California (July 11, 2016)— CalOptima employees are dedicated to the mission of providing CalOptima members with access to quality health care, and now they have done even more. The CalOptima Employee Activities Committee (EAC) offered a scholarship essay contest to give members an opportunity to win a scholarship to fund their education. The contest was developed as part of CalOptima’s 20th anniversary celebration and was funded solely through fundraising activities conducted by the EAC
CAMARILLO, Calif., June 7, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP)
has partnered with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the
Ventura County Department of Public Health and Dignity Health’s
St. John’s Regional Medical Center for a one-day event in Oxnard
on Saturday to promote healthy living for the prevention and
management of diabetes.
ORANGE, Calif. (May 31, 2016) —The CalOptima
Regional Extension Center (COREC) achieved its goal to assist
1,000 local doctors implement and meaningfully use certified
electronic health records (CEHR) with their patients. The
milestone to attain 100 percent of COREC’s participating primary
care providers meaningfully using CEHR is important, since it
helps to reduce health care disparities and improve patient care
for CalOptima’s Medi-Cal members that are low income, homeless
and the working poor in Orange County.
(French Camp, CA) – San Joaquin General Hospital (SJCH) has now
capped a decade-long journey to be recognized by the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF) as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. SJGH recently joined
the only two other San Joaquin County hospitals to have earned
this designation: Dignity Health – St.
CAMARILLO, Calif., May 23, 2016 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP)
is sponsoring two programs under its newly created Alternative
Resources for Community Health (ARCH) initiative. The goal of
ARCH is to invest in the health and wellness of Ventura County
through a number of incentives, expanded treatment options, and
sponsorships. The ARCH initiative aligns with other factors
besides clinical treatment including social, economic, and
environmental factors which influence wellness.
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif., May 19, 2016
Health, the health care program serving low-income residents
of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, presented a
Healthcare Innovation Award to Dignity Health at their board
meeting on May 18.
In Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties, 121,000 residents
have gained Medi-Cal coverage through the Affordable Care Act
(ACA). This increased coverage enables better health for many,
but has also put new demands on provider capacity in an area
already challenged by a shortage of health care providers.
Opioid overuse has been a long-standing, major problem, both
nationally and in California. According to the
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 14,000
Americans died in 2014 as a result of prescription opioid
overdose. In 2015, Health Plan of San Joaquin implemented
several safety measures to prevent overuse and promote
appropriate use of opioid medications among HPSJ members.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) has
received a $50,000 California Healthcare Fo
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif., March 2,
2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Inland Empire Health
Plan (IEHP) received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy
Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for
Performance (P4P) Program that leverages IEHP network pharmacies
to offer clinical education to its members.
Sacramento – The Local Health Plans of California (LHPC), a
group representing 16 of the not-for-profit local health plans
that serve nearly 70 percent (over 7 million) of the 10.2 million
Californians enrolled in Medi-Cal, today announced its support of
Governor Jerry Brown’s Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax
CAMARILLO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2015 – Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP)
reached a milestone in its membership this month, surpassing
With 202,360 members, GCHP is on track to quickly surpass its
projected membership of 203,070 for the 2015-16 fiscal year,
which ends June 30.
“We keep expecting membership to level off, but it continues to
grow,” said Dale Villani, the Plan’s chief executive officer.
“Our goal is to provide care for the people who need it most, and
every month, we’re able to do that for more and more people.”
Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) received the 2015
Outstanding Performance Award for medium-scale Medi-Cal managed
care plans in California from the Department of Health Care
Services (DHCS). Only three outstanding performance awards were
given by DHCS—one each for small, medium, and large-scale
Medi-Cal managed care plans.
(Alameda, Calif.) – The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC),
the state department that regulates health plans, returned the
Alameda Alliance for Health (Alliance) back to the local control
of the Alliance Board of Governors and CEO Scott Coffin.
The Alliance is a local initiative health plan that serves more
than 250,000 children and adults in Alameda County through its
Medi-Cal and Alliance Group Care programs.
Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) announced today that it
has surpassed 250,000 members enrolled in its Medi-Cal, Cal
MediConnect, and Healthy Kids programs, marking a significant
transformation in health care for low-income residents of Santa
This week, for its 50th anniversary, let us celebrate Medicaid –
and how a great vision, powered by enduring partnerships, across
political divides and from national to local levels, can deliver
on the promise of quality health care access.
Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) continues to be an example of
government service at its best.