California’s state government, employers and families are concerned about the affordability of healthcare in California. The Affordable Care Act is likely to have opposing effects on healthcare expenditures. On the one hand, the number uninsured in California is expected to decrease from 6.0 million to 2.6 million between 2011 and 2016, leading to increased expenditures […]View Post
Accountable Care Organizations in California: Promise & Performance
There is new evidence that California’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) are growing in size and number, serving more patients, and improving the quality of care—according to a report released today by the Berkeley Forum for Improving California’s Healthcare Delivery System. California has more ACOs (67) than any other state in the country, with particularly rapid […]View Post
Healthcare Leaders and Berkeley Policy Experts Issue Report on Honoring Patients’ Wishes by Expanding Palliative Care in California.
A report released November 19 by the Berkeley Forum finds that California hospital spending could be reduced by billions of dollars over the next eight years if patients’ wishes about palliative care were honored. The Forum—a collaborative effort involving executive leadership of major health insurers, health care delivery systems and the State of California with […]View Post
LA Times: Coordinated healthcare could save California $110 billion
California could cut $110 billion in healthcare spending over the next decade, saving the average household $800 a year, by quickly moving away from conventional fee-for-service medicine and embracing more coordinated care, a new report says. These findings released Tuesday come from the Berkeley Forum, a new group of healthcare executives, state officials and academics […]View Post
Sacramento Bee: California coalition’s report calls for overhaul
California’s health industry heavyweights, warning that insurance premiums will soon consume a third of people’s incomes, today threw their weight behind a plan to revamp the health care delivery system. A dozen CEOs from health care providers and insurers spent the past year participating in an unprecedented, collaborative effort with public policymakers and health care […]View Post
Berkeley Forum Releases Report, February 26, 2013.
EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 A.M. PT, TUESDAY, FEB. 26, TO COINCIDE WITH REPORT’S RELEASE Policy experts, health care leaders offer landmark roadmap for better health care at lower cost NOTE TO MEDIA: The authors of this report will be available for media interviews on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 10-11 a.m. PT. Reporters should call (866) 740-1260, access […]View Post