Op-Ed: Challenges Lie Ahead for Medi-Cal Managed Care
The "largest part" of California's recently approved Medicaid waiver "makes the transition of seniors and people with disabilities from fee-for-service Medi-Cal into managed care mandatory," Elaine Batchlor -- chief medical officer of L.A. Care Health Plan -- writes in a Payers & Providers opinion piece. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. Batchlor writes that three challenges need to be addressed to ensure the "health care needs of this vulnerable population" are met: "finding providers willing to accept Medi-Cal reimbursement;" "the fragmentation of our health care system;" and "proving to seniors and people with disabilities and their advocates that moving into Medi-Cal managed care will ultimately benefit them."
- "Making the Medi-Cal Waiver Work" (Batchlor, Payers & Providers, 12/2).