This webinar introduces a new study evaluating the effectiveness of California’s Whole Person Care (WPC) initiative in coordinating health and social services for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects underway in 26 counties engage Medicaid health plans, medical providers, mental health agencies, social service organizations, and public health agencies in collaborative models of care and payment that target specific population groups with complex needs in each county, including people experiencing homelessness, those transitioning from incarceration, and patients with multiple chronic medical conditions. Using a quasi-experimental research design, researchers assess changes in collaborative community networks, service delivery patterns, and patient outcomes for program participants and matched comparison groups across 26 county-level projects before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study analyzes data from network surveys, Medicaid claims data, and key-informant interviews to assess program effectiveness from multiple perspectives. Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles and University of California-Berkeley are collaborating with the California Department of Health Care Services to conduct the study.
Presented by Nadereh Pourat, PhD of UCLA and Emmeline Chuang, PhD of UC Berkeley, and moderated by S4A Deputy Director Chris Lyttle, JD.
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S4A is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is housed in the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy. S4A research builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems.