Task Force Releases 10-Year Strategy for Improving State Health
Last month, California's "Let's Get Healthy Task Force" issued a report that establishes specific health goals for the state to meet by 2022, Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports (Gorman, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 12/19/12).
In May 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) issued an executive order requiring California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley to create a task force for developing a 10-year plan to improve residents' health and reduce health care spending (California Healthline, 12/20/12).
About 40 health care leaders contributed to the report ("L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 12/19/12).
Details of Report Goals
The report establishes 39 specific goals (Weintraub, HealthyCal, 12/19/12).
The goals include reducing California's overall rate of uninsured residents from 21% to 5% and moving the rate of increase in health care premiums closer to growth in family median income (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 12/19/12).
Other goals include:
- Improving depression screening and treatment;
- Improving end-of-life care;
- Increasing vaccinations among children;
- Lowering smoking rates ("L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 12/19/12);
- Preventing and managing chronic diseases; and
- Redesigning the health system to provide efficient, safe and patient-centered care (Sacramento Business Journal, 12/19/12).
Comments About Report
Dooley -- co-chair of the task force -- said state officials "are all very eager to make the report real throughout California." She added that the state plans to track its progress on meeting the report's goals.Donald Berwick -- co-chair of the task force and former CMS administratorÂ -- said, "I really encourage cities and towns to take this report seriously," adding, "This report is a template for action" ("L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 12/19/12). 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.