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CalAIM: Overview of the Future of Medi-Cal: Webinar Participant Information

Originally recorded April 6, 2021

California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), is a multiyear process led by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), with goals to improve the health outcomes and quality of life experienced by Medi-Cal patients.

The CalAIM initiative, originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, implementation, was postponed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In January, DHCS released a revised proposal that includes changes based on stakeholder feedback and an updated implementation timeline of Jan. 1, 2022.

These changes to Medi-Cal will have a tremendous impact on hospitals. Please join us for the webinar that will help you understand what lies ahead and how to prepare for these changes.

Covered topics include:

  • Overview of the CalAIM initiative
  • Modifications to the original proposal
  • Timeline for implementation
  • Overview of the impact on areas such as:
    • Behavioral health care
    • Managed care
    • Post-acute care
    • Finance & reimbursement

Patricia Blaisdell is Vice President, Continuum of Care, for the California Hospital Association. Ms. Blaisdell provides membership support and advocacy for hospital-based post-acute care and case management services, including policy analysis and interpretation, communication with regulatory bodies and third-party payers, and planning and implementation of educational programs.

Ms. Blaisdell has more than 25 years of experience in hospital and health care management in acute and post-acute settings. She has expertise in clinical operations and reimbursement across the post-acute continuum of care. 

Ms. Blaisdell is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives. Her work has been recognized with the ACHE Regent’s Award, the Rural Champion in community leadership award from the California Rural Health Care Association, and the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

Trina Gonzalez is Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association, where she is responsible for health care coverage, managed care, and community benefits.

Prior to CHA, she was Director of Community Integration at UC Davis Health, where she developed and implemented strategies that ensured the continuity of care for families and individuals with Medi-Cal and for underserved populations in the Sacramento region. She has also served as program officer at the Milbank Memorial Fund, a national foundation dedicated to improving population health, and as assistant secretary for Public Health and Emergency Medical Services at the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Sheree Lowe has been Vice President of Behavioral Health at CHA since 2002. In this capacity, she staffs CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) Advisory Group and represents the interests of Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APH), behavioral health units in medical/surgical hospitals, and Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals (CDRH) providing both inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services – commonly referred to as behavioral health. Since 2010, she has also advocated on matters relating to behavioral health in our community hospital emergency departments. She also represents the interests of hospital-based outpatient clinics (HBOC) providing primary care services. Currently, she staffs the Behavioral Health Action Coalition, a CHA/NAMI-CA co-founded coalition made up of over 50 statewide organizations focused on elevating both the hospital and community behavioral health delivery system in California.

Ryan Witz is Vice President of Health Care Finance Initiatives at the California Hospital Association. Ryan Witz represents members’ financial interests related to Medicare, Medi-Cal, commercial payers and other government entities. Based in CHA’s Sacramento office, he provides support on financial and reimbursement issues affecting California hospitals and health systems, and represents CHA with stakeholders where hospital finance and technical knowledge is needed. Ryan is also involved with the development and implementation of the hospital fee and other financing programs.