Episodes

DHCS Chief, Benefits Division on California’s New Community Health Worker Benefit

California Department of Health Care Services' Chief of the Benefits Division Lisa Murawski joined host Gavin Ward to provide details on the new Community Health Worker (CHW) benefit that has been years in the making.  The new benefit delivery doesn't require someone with a clinical background to make a big impact in the healthcare community, and will likely be a new career pathway for individuals seeking to serve their…
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CalAIM Facilitator Dora Barilla and HC² Strategies

Dora joins the show and shares how a combination of blessings, hard work as a healthcare leader (and mom), and a miracle has paved the way to today, where Dora and HC2 Strategies are, leading large scale CalAIM collaborations between health plans, providers, and the community. Check out this episode!
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Dr. James Schultz, CMO of Neighborhood Healthcare, on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Dr. Schultz shares how his work serving individuals goes beyond just the Inland Empire and San Diego, but also to the Himalayas. He also shares how Federally Qualified Health Centers like Neighborhood Healthcare provide services for individuals that may otherwise struggle to access primary and other medical care. Check out this episode!
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Medi-Medi/Dual Eligibles: California DHCS’ Anastasia Dodson (Medicare Innovation & Integration)

California Department of Health Care Services' Anastasia Dodson helps give an overview of the "dual eligible" population in California and how upcoming changes will impact the delivery of care for Californians who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal (Mediciad in California), now called Medicare Medi-Cal Plans (MMPs or Medi-Medi plans), for Exclusively Aligned Enrollment Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (EAE D-SNPs). Check out this episode!
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Health Net Medi-Cal President Martha Santana-Chin

Martha, a Medi-Cal beneficiary as a child in Ventura County, shares how her journey in the managed Medi-Cal world has ultimately led her to help lead a team that manages the care of millions of lives in California, including many that receive care in rural areas. Check out this episode!
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Yingjia Huang from CA DHCS and Medi-Cal Eligibility: Changes After The Public Health Emergency

Yingjia, who serves in the role of Assistant Deputy Director, Health Care Benefits and Eligibility for California's Department of Health Care Services, joins the show to share how the significant eligibility adjustments shown during the pandemic (ie public health emergency) will be unwound and what that means to some of the millions of Californians on Medi-Cal. Check out this episode!
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Paige Brogan- CalAIM Principal, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, on CalAIM

Health plan and CalAIM expert Paige Brogan joins the show to share how the opportunity to make a big impact inspired her to join BSC Promise Health Plan. Paige gives some insight into the early days of CalAIM and while she is enthiusiastic about CalAIM, she shares why other medical leaders may be more in a sit and wait approach before celebrating the initiative. Check out this episode!
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Children’s Behavioral Health Visionary Alex Briscoe, Principal of California Children’s Trust

Alex Briscoe has gone from school counselor in Oakland to one of California most respected visionary's for kids' behavioral health.  Alex joins co-hosts April Stewart and Gavin Ward to share how California Children's Trust is reshaping how we think about children's mental health and why a diagnosis is not required for our kids to get the support they need. Check out this episode!
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California DHCS Chief Quality Officer Palav Babaria & 2023 Population Health Management Launch

Palav joins host Gavin Ward to discuss the new Popation Health Management efforts that DHCS is launching in 2023 in California. Before getting into the details, Palav reveals her competiveness in board games and where her passion for serving the safety net was inspired. Check out this episode!
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Partnership HealthPlan of California’s Rebecca Boyd Anderson and Population Health

Rebecca shares how her journey to become a nurse and experience with worker's compensation set a foundation that allowed her to build a population health department at PartnershipHealth Plan of California. Check out this episode!
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