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Implementing Care Coordination in a Large Dental Care Organization in the United States by Upskilling Front Office Personnel

Care coordination is a key strategy used to improve health outcomes and efficiency, yet there are limited examples in dentistry. A large dental accountable care organization piloted care coordination...

Author(s): Aubri Kottek, Kristin Hoeft, JOel White, Kristen Simmons, and Elizabeth Mertz. 
Date: April 7, 2021

The Association Between Scope of Practice Regulations and Nurse Practitioner Prescribing of Buprenorphine After the 2016 Opioid Bill

This article examines the relationship between federal regulations, state scope-of-practice regulations on nurse practitioners (NPs), and buprenorphine prescribing patterns using pharmacy claims data...

Author(s): Thuy Nguyen, Ulrike Muench, Barbara Andraka-Christou, Kosali Simon, W. David Bradford, and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 1, 2021

California Healthcare Almanac: Physicians

Although the number of active physicians increased by 21% between 2006 and 2018, and exceeded the 10% population growth, many areas in California face substantial shortages of primary care providers...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Emmie Calimlim, and Margaret Fix
Date: March 5, 2021

California Healthcare Almanac: Nurses

Nursing is the single largest health profession in the state. These quick reference guides look at supply, demographics, education, distribution, and pay for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Amber R. Rose
Date: March 4, 2021

California Healthcare Almanac: Health Care Workforce

California’s health care industry employed more than 1.7 million people in 2019. Among these workers, nearly 50% were employed in ambulatory settings, 32% in hospitals, and 18% in nursing or...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Amber R. Rose
Date: March 4, 2021

CIN Connections, Spring 2021: Addressing Racism to Improve Health

This issue of CIN Connections contains strategies and reflections from health care leaders as they grapple with how to abolish racism to improve health and remove roadblocks to real health equity....

Date: March 2, 2021

Investing in Leadership Development: A Tool for Systems Change in the Community Health Center Field

Over the course of 12 years, the Blue Shield of California Foundation committed nearly $20 million to growing a pool of community health center leaders who were prepared to be effective agents of...

Author(s): Michael Arnold, Natalie Blackmur, Brenda Solorzano, Carolyn Wang Kong, Bobbie Wunsch, and Sunita Mutha
Date: 2021

Evaluation of California’s Community Paramedicine Pilot Program

Community paramedicine, also known as mobile integrated health, is an innovative model of care that is being implemented throughout the United States. From 2014 to 2020, the California Emergency...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Cynthia Wides, Lisel Blash, Ginachukwu Amah, Igor Geyn, and Matthew Niedzwiecki
Date: February 19, 2021

Dental Health Aides: Adapting a Community Health Worker Program to Preventive Dental Care

Community health workers (CHWs) are an increasingly important member of the healthcare and public health professions who help build primary care capacity. Yet, in spite of the exponential growth of...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Nadereh Pourat, Kimberly Moler, Elizabeth Mallott, Tom Bornstein, Dane Lenaker, and Dana Hughes
Date: February 18, 2021

Conceptualizing Performance Measurement for Social Care Interventions: An Issue Brief for State Medicaid Agencies

Growing recognition that socioeconomic adversity impacts health outcomes has led the healthcare sector to support initiatives that address social determinants of health (SDOH). There is an...

Author(s): Erika Brown, Caroline Fichtenberg, Taressa Fraze, Susannah Bernheim, and Laura Gottlieb 
Date: 2021