California HealthCare Foundation Releases Annual Report on Health Care Market in State
The state's health care market has "less turmoil" today than in 2000, but the "relative calm" may hide "significant underlying problems," according to an annual study of California health plans, hospital systems and physician groups commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation. The "California Managed Care Review 2002" report, drafted by Allan Baumgarten, an independent research consultant, offers "comprehensive" data on the financial results, enrollment trends, market share and measures of use and effectiveness of care of California health care organizations. The report -- based on publicly reported information and interviews with 40 officials from California health plans, hospital systems, state associations, purchasers and government agencies -- also examines statewide differences on the role of Medi-Cal and Medicare, the organization of physician groups and hospitals, the role of private purchasers and health plan competition (CHCF release, 10/2). The report is available online.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.