Episodes

California’s Community Health Worker Growth: Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans Partnering with Pear Suite

Colby Takeda, Pear Suite Co-Founder and CEO, shares how his upbringing, including serving in a nursing home as a teenager, was an inspiration into serving his community and ultimately becoming a national leader in the community health worker space. Since 2022's approval of the community health worker benefit in California, Colby shares how his tech enabled platform organization, Pear Suite, has helped community based organizations, including a barber shop,…
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Valerie Martinez- Blue Shield of California (BSC) Promise Health Plan’s Chief Health Equity Officer

Beginning no later than 2024, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) required all Medi-Cal managed care organizations to have a chief health equity officer (CHEO). Valerie shares how BSC Promise Health Plan gave her the opportunity in 2022 to be its first CHEO and some of the progress she's made in her first 18 months. Check out this episode!
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California Medical Association Partner Health Tech 4 Medicaid’s Adimika Arthur on Medicaid IT Impact

The California Medical Association has partnered with Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M) at its upcoming 2nd annual CMA HIT Summit, "Health IT In the Safety Net." HT4M's founder Adimika Arthur, whose career has been instrumental in ensuring access to care, joins the show to share the importance of Health IT on health equity and ensuring a safety net for those that may otherwise struggle to get the care they need.…
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CalAIM Leaders’ 2023 Highlights & Future Outlook: DHCS’ Michel Huizar & HC² Strategies’ Dora Barilla

From the highlights and challenges in 2023 to what to expect in 2024 and beyond, Gavin discusses CalAIM with guests Michel Huizar, Branch Chief, DHCS Managed Care Quality and Monitoring Division, and Dora Barilla, Co-Founder, HC² Strategies. Check out this episode!
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Michael Costa- Executive Director of California Association of Area Agencies on Aging (C4A)

Michael's history with health plans and advocacy played a key role in his recruitment to lead C4A, an organization established to advocate and collaborate on behalf of California's "Triple As." Michael shares how his organization supports older adults throughout the state and what their focus is in 2024 and ahead. Check out this episode!
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California’s Office of Healthcare Affordability with Director Elizabeth Landsberg

Under the California Department of Health Care Access and Information, Elizabeth shares how the newly created Office of Healthcare Affordability is helping the most populous state to manage healthcare costs through growth targets and other efforts for 40M Californians. Check out this episode!
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Medi-Cal Eligibility with Lisa Ramsey, Founder of Medi-Cal Consulting Services

Over 15M Californians are Medi-Cal beneficiaries, yet there are so many misceptions about Medi-Cal and very few Californians truly understand Medi-Cal eligibility. Lisa shares how she went from an entry level Medi-Cal worker to an expert leader of a team that helps families navigate Medi-Cal, including asset and income limits, or lack thereof. Check out this episode!
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Anthem Regional Vice President Beau Hennemann: California’s Long Term Supports and Services, CalAIM

Beau shares how an initial stint as a temporary worker landed him a role with California's In-Home Supportive Sevices that became a springboard into his career as he ultimately become well versed in California's long term supports (LTSS) and services as well as home and community based services (HCBS). That foundation has helpd Beau become one of Anthem and California's leaders for the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). Check…
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L.A. CARE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sameer Amin on His First Year and What’s To Come in 2024

L.A. CARE is one of the largest health plans in CA, serving millions in L.A. County, primarily Medi-Cal beneficiaries. L.A. CARE CMO Dr. Sameer Amin joins host Gavin Ward to share some of the highlights of his first year and what we can expect in 2024 with the state's largest Medi-Cal managed care organization. Check out this episode!
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California Association of Health Plans President/CEO Charles Bacchi- Initiatives & Annual Conference

Charles joins the show and shares about the latest CAHP initiatives and what to expect at the annual 2023 conference where over 1,000 leaders from DHCS, Health Plans, and providers gather in the desert. Check out this episode!
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