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Safety Net Integration Panel – December 2nd!

On Thursday, Dec. 2, our friends at the Center for Health Improvement and the California Health Policy Forum will be hosting a panel discussion entitled, Enhancing the Health Care Safety Net: Innovative Care Models.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
1:00 – 3:00 pm
State Capitol, Room 3191
1303 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Register here.



  • Laura Hogan, MPA, independent consultant (facilitator)
  • David Maxwell-Jolly, PhD, Director, California DHCS
  • Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Medical Director, San Francisco Health Plan
  • Lucien Wulsin, JD, Executive Director, ITUP


With the recent approval of the 1115 Medi-Cal waiver, California has an opportunity to strengthen the state’s health care safety net and improve care for California’s uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise vulnerable populations. Many individuals who receive care through safety net providers (community clinics, hospitals, physicians, and county programs) have high care needs that require coordination and collaboration across providers. The waiver brings $10 billion in federal funds to California to address these needs through expanded coverage for uninsured adults, increased funding for hospitals’ uncompensated care costs, and improved care coordination for seniors and persons with disabilities through mandatory enrollment in managed care.

This forum will provide an overview of safety net providers and patients, as well as details on the 1115 waiver. Innovative care models that some safety net providers and health plans have begun to develop will also be highlighted, including advancing the concept of a medical home, changing the way providers are paid, re-engineering practices, implementing and using electronic health records, and working to integrate mental health and physical health care.

Don’t forget to register for the discussion.