Emergency Services and Trauma Care

The county emergency medical services system is facing increasingly challenging conditions such as overcrowding, which causes higher numbers of frustrated patients to leave without receiving care. In 2002, the average percent of time that the L.A. County DHS emergency rooms were on diversion climbed to 62 percent. Numerous studies document an increase in poorer outcomes among patients leaving without being seen, as well as longer transport times for diverted ambulances leading to higher rates of illness regardless of insurance status. The Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative is a five-year project funded by The California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation supporting six collaborative projects throughout the state focused on decreasing unnecessary use of emergency rooms and avoidable hospital stays.

Publications and Documents

Jul 27 2016
Insure The Uninsured Project

Implementing Medi-Cal 2020 in Los Angeles County

Jun 10 2016
The Children's Partnership

The Affordable Care Act and Children’s Coverage in California: Our Progress and Our Future

May 31 2016
Rafael A. Gomez, MPP and Bobbie Wunsch, MBA of Pacific Health Consulting Group, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Ready, Set, Enroll- Enrolling Undocumented Children in Medi-Cal: New Issue Brief

Apr 08 2016
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

California Substance Use & Mental Illness Estimates

Feb 29 2016
Insure The Uninsured Project

Opportunities for California Under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act

Jan 31 2016
California Health Workforce Alliance-Jeff Oxendine, UC Berkeley School of Public Health & Kevin Barnett, Public Health Institute, California Primary Care Association

HORIZON 2030: Meeting California’s Primary Care Workforce Needs

Jun 18 2015
Insure The Uninsured Project

Care, Coverage and Financing for Southern California’s Remaining Uninsured

Mar 05 2015
Langer Research Associates, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Exploring Low-Income Californians' Needs and Preferences for Behavioral Health Care

Aug 10 2016
Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, and Douglas McCarthy , The Commonwealth Fund

Project ECHO’s Care Initiative:Building Capacity to Help“Superutilizers” in Underserved Commun

Jul 19 2016
Peter V. Lee, Covered California

Covered California 2017 Health Insurance Plan Rates-Press Release


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