March 17, 2016
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Influential California Health Advocates Form “Californians for Coordinated Care,” a Coalition to Bring Together Pieces of Fragmented Health Care System for Patients

SACRAMENTO – Today, a broad range of California health providers, patient advocates and health plans announced the formation of the Californians for Coordinated Care coalition, working to improve care and lower costs through the Coordinated Care Initiative.

The coalition includes CAPG, the Voice of Accountable Physician Groups, Alzheimer’s Association, Service Employees International Union, County Welfare Directors Association of California, California Association of Health Plans, Local Health Plans of California, California State Association of Counties, Congress of California Seniors, and United Domestic Workers of America.

The Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) strives to bring together many pieces of our healthcare system to improve the quality of life for patients eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal. At its core, the CCI integrates healthcare for patients, transforming California’s fragmented health and long term care services into a system that is coordinated and provides quality, fully integrated, person-centered care to seniors and people with disabilities.

“Physicians and other medical professionals understand that bringing together all parts of a person’s healthcare is critical to their overall wellbeing and more importantly, to their personal fulfillment,” said Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell, Chief Medical Officer of CAPG, the Voice of Accountable Physician Groups. “We have long fought for clinically integrated, comprehensive, and coordinated healthcare for California’s patients, and continue to do so as a member of Californians for Coordinated Care.”

Studies show that integrating long-term health care services, in-home services and community-based care options not only helps patients, but is a platform for long term payment and delivery reform for integrated care and savings to the state. Californians for Coordinated Care are committed to making this program successful by improving care and lowering costs.

“Our support for the Coordinated Care Initiative stems from our commitment to fulfilling the promise of a more coordinated system,” said Gary Passmore, Vice President of the Congress of California Seniors. “It is our responsibility to continue to work as health advocates for California’s patients and provide focused, encompassing care for them.”

Without the CCI, 1.2 million seniors and people with disabilities would lose the coordinated care teams and other services offered through the program, and face yet another confusing and disruptive transition.

“The Coordinated Care Initiative has transformed the care and support services for more than a million seniors and people with disabilities, and is creating a new foundation for how we care for vulnerable populations,” said Charles Bacchi, President and CEO of California Association of Health Plans. “Health plans are committed to making this program successful by improving care and lowering costs.”

According to a study by the University of California, the majority of Coordinated Care enrollees are satisfied with the health care services they receive in key areas, such as the providers and hospitals available in the plan network, the teamwork of their providers, and the ability to get questions answered about their health care needs.

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