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California Code, Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC § 14184

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(a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the Medi-Cal 2020 Demonstration Project Act.

(b) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) The implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) and California's “Bridge to Reform” Medicaid demonstration project have led to the expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to more than 13 million beneficiaries, driving health care delivery system reforms that support expanded access to care, as well as higher quality, efficiency, and beneficiary satisfaction.

(2) California's “Medi-Cal 2020” Medicaid demonstration project, No. 11-W-00193/9, expands on these achievements by continuing to focus on expanded health care system capacity, better coordinated care, and aligned incentives within the Medi-Cal program in order to improve health outcomes for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, while simultaneously containing health care costs.

(3) Public safety net providers, including designated public hospitals, and nondesignated public hospitals, which are also known as district and municipal public hospitals, play an essential role in the Medi-Cal program, providing high-quality care to a disproportionate number of low-income Medi-Cal and uninsured populations in the state. Because Medi-Cal covers approximately one-third of the state's population, the strength of these essential health care systems and hospitals is of critical importance to the health and welfare of the people of California.

(4) As a component of the “Medi-Cal 2020” demonstration project, the Global Payment Program provides an opportunity to test an alternative payment model for the remaining uninsured that rewards value and supports providing care at the appropriate place and time, aligning incentives to enhance primary and preventive services for California's remaining uninsured seeking care in participating public health care systems.

(5) As a component of the “Medi-Cal 2020” demonstration project, the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) program seeks to improve health outcomes for patients served by participating entities by building on the delivery system transformation work from the “Bridge to Reform” demonstration project. Using evidence-based quality improvement methods, the PRIME program is intended to be ambitious in scope in order to accelerate transformation in care delivery and maximize value for patients, providers, and payers. The PRIME program also seeks to strengthen the ability of designated public hospitals to successfully perform under risk-based alternative payment models (APMs) in the long term.

(6) As a component of the “Medi-Cal 2020” demonstration project, the Whole Person Care pilot program creates an opportunity for counties, Medi-Cal managed care plans, and community providers to establish a new model for integrated care delivery that incorporates health care needs, behavioral health, and social support for the state's most vulnerable, high-user populations. The Whole Person Care pilot program encourages coordination among local partners to address the root causes of poor health outcomes, including immediate health needs and other factors, such as housing and recidivism, that impact a beneficiary's health status.

(7) As a component of the “Medi-Cal 2020” demonstration project, the Dental Transformation Initiative creates innovative opportunities for the Medi-Cal Dental Program to improve access to dental care, continuity of care, and increase the utilization of preventive services aimed at reducing preventable dental conditions for Medi-Cal beneficiaries identified within the project.

(c) The implementation of the “Medi-Cal 2020” demonstration project, as set forth in this article, will support all of the following goals:

(1) Improving access to health care and health care quality for California's Medi-Cal and uninsured populations.

(2) Promoting value and improving health outcomes for low-income populations.

(3) Supporting whole person care by better integrating physical health, behavioral health, and social support services for high-risk, high-utilizing Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

(4) Improving the capacity of public safety net providers that provide high-quality care to a disproportionate number of low-income patients with complex health needs in the state.

(5) Transitioning from a cost-based reimbursement system toward a reimbursement structure that incentivizes quality and value by financially rewarding alternative models of care that support providers' ability to deliver care in the most appropriate and cost-effective manner to patients.

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