CPCA 2017 Annual Conference

Community health centers (CHCs) have made incredible progress over the past three years thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the current federal administration, much of what CHCs have accomplished has become vulnerable to change, and yet CHCs continue to meet these challenges and remain steadfast in their mission to provide culturally appropriate primary and preventive care to anyone who walks through their doors, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.


Emergency Preparedness – Wildfire Update

In October, some of the worst fires in California’s history burned thousands of acres of land, thousands of homes were lost, 42 people perished, and thousands of people were displaced. Impacted communities are still reeling from the devastating losses.  


CPCA Continues to Lead Efforts on Primary Care Workforce Shortage

The trend is clear: California will continue to face a severe shortage of primary care providers over the next 15 years. New data from the UCSF Healthforce Center report, California’s Primary Care Workforce: Forecasted Supply, Demand, and Pipeline of Trainees 2016-2030, indicates that California’s projected demand for primary care clinician FTEs is between 39,331 and 44,188 by 2030.


CPCA Strengthens Immigration Technical Assistance and Resources

This past year we have seen an upsurge of Issues impacting our immigrant communities. In an effort to assist our members with these issues, CPCA has been working diligently to develop materials that provide information on the legal rights of clinics and their patients in regards to immigration enforcement.


2017 Brings a Fresh Look for CPCA and CaliforniaHealth+ 

On August 1, 2017, CPCA launched the new and refreshed website. The primary objectives of our site development efforts were focused on aesthetics, simplifying our content, and increasing the visibility of our programs.


Payment Reform Update

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 147, which authorized a voluntary three-year alternative payment methodology (APM) pilot for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in California. The PPS equivalent, per member per month capitated payment was designed to provide FQHCs with greater flexibility to deliver health care to the patient in a manner that best meets the patients’ needs. 


American Cancer Society partners with Health Centers

The American Cancer Society has partnered with over 100 of California’s Community Health Centers to improve their Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination rates to ultimately prevent cancer or catch it early, in its most treatable stage. 


Health Centers Target Quality Improvement in Medi-Cal Managed Care

The Medi-Cal program in California has grown exponentially in the past 5 years, now covering more than 13 million Californians. Most of those Medi-Cal enrollees receive their care through Medi-Cal managed care plans, which are now available in all 58 California counties and cover 80 percent of Medi-Cal enrollees. This is a vast expansion in managed care for Medi-Cal population – just a few years ago in 2010, managed care was only offered in 25 counties, and covered only 55% of enrollees.