Dr. Janet Coffman, a health services researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, presented results from the 2015 survey on California physician participation in the state's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. Dr. Coffman examined physician acceptance of new patients overall and by specialty type, practice type, and region. She also considered how these results compare to different benchmarks for assessing adequacy of physician supply and how current Medi-Cal physician supply compares to the supply in previous years.
Alan Mckay, CEO of Central California Alliance for Health (CCAH), a Medi-Cal managed care plan serving members in three Central California counties, provided several examples of strategies employed by CCAH to address physician access challenges. These efforts fall into four areas: (1) increasing physician supply, (2) supporting physician retention, (3) promoting the best use of the available healthcare workforce, and (4) reducing the need for physician services.
The California law that requires the state's Medical Board to administer a mandatory physician survey is set forth in Section 2425.3 of California's Business and Professions Code. Access the full text of the law.
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a part of the Health Policy and Management Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.