Episodes

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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CalOptima CEO Michael Hunn, a Former Priest, Discusses Medi-Cal and CalAIM

Michael joins the show ande breaks down new opportunities for care and support that are available through California's new CalAIM initiative. CalOptima is the largest insurer in Orange County, caring for over 25% of the Orange County population, which may be a surprise vs. what the general public may think of when it comes to the OC demographics. Check out this episode!
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L.A. Care’s Cynthia Carmona Shares How CalAIM Commmunity Supports Benefit Medi-Cal Beneficiaries

L.A. Care's Senior Director of Safety Net Initiatives' background in policy and community service helped prepare her to serve beneficiaries for California's largest managed Medi-Cal provider. Cynthia breaks down how the new CalAIM community supports are helping equip L.A Care to better serve its 2+ million membership. Check out this episode!
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New SCAN Health Plan Initiatives: CalAIM and PACE (myPlace Health)

SCAN's Sr. VP of Healthcare Services Eve Gelb joins SCAN backed myPlace Health Founder and CEO Robbie Pottharst in a 2-part episode that explores how SCAN is leveraging innovative models of care (ie CalAIM, PACE) that bring together both health and social services that historically were either unavailable and/or unable to be managed well with traditional models of care. Check out this episode!
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Inland Empire Health Plan’s (IEHP’s) Dr. Takashi Wada and An Overview of CalAIM

Dr. Wada shares how both his parents and UCLA were inspirtation in his choice to become a public servant, but not until after a stint as a bartender in London. Dr. Wada gives an overview of IEHP and how CalAIM is bringing enhanced care management and community supports to managed medi-cal beneficiaries across the Inand Empire and throughout California. Check out this episode!
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