FAIRFIELD – Today, Partnership HealthPlan of California took a moment to mark a special milestone, Medi-Cal turning 50. Beginning in 1966, Medi-Cal provides health coverage to low-income families, children, pregnant women, and the disabled in California.
ORANGE, Calif. (September 20, 2016) — CalOptima
is California’s top-rated Medi-Cal plan, according to the NCQA’s
Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017. It is the third
year in a row that NCQA has named CalOptima best overall in the
CalOptima received a score of 4 out of 5 — the highest score
awarded to any Medi-Cal plan in California. Further, only 15
Medicaid plans of the 171 reviewed nationwide scored higher. The
NCQA ratings are based on standardized, plan-reported data
regarding health care quality and customer satisfaction.
As a long-time Binational participant, and a sponsor for each of the 2016 local events in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) is proud to host this inaugural kick-off. HPSJ this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Many of our community partners engaged with Binational Health Week are long-time partners in the joint, ongoing quest to expand healthcare access opportunities for local families and communities.
To support healthcare providers as they care for the medical
needs of transgender patients, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ)
has assembled this exceptional training program with top
specialists: Optimizing Transgender Health. In addition to
invitations to HPSJ network providers in San Joaquin and
Stanislaus counties, this offer to attend at no cost to
participants is being extended to all interested medical
personnel throughout the region.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) CEO Amy Shin has joined the executive committee of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), a national trade association representing 57 not-for-profit safety net health plans in 26 states, which collectively serve more than 17 million people enrolled in Medicaid (called Medi-Cal in California), Medicare, Marketplaces, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other health programs. HPSJ is a long-time ACAP member and Shin also serves on the ACAP board of directors.
(French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) staff have joined together to create and staff the latest installation in the Free Little Libraries movement. HPSJ staff donated quality children’s books. “The books are already flying off the shelves,” said HPSJ Health Promotions Manager Jenny Dominguez, who oversees the restocking of the donated books from HPSJ employees.
ORANGE, Calif. (August 4, 2016) — Community and
health care leaders were sworn in on CalOptima’s Board of
Directors today. The Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed
six new members and reappointed one member to serve on the Board,
which was reconstituted to have 10 seats, with nine voting
members. The appointees’ terms end August 3, 2020.
(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