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HEER program staff have conducted evaluations or provided policy or program analysis to a range of organizations, government agencies and policymakers, including:

California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM)

Program staff, in partnership with the UC Berkeley Labor Center, created CalSIM, a micro-simulation model to evaluate how the Affordable Care Act and other health reform proposals might impact employer-based health insurance, family health care expenses, decisions to enroll in Medi-Cal, Exchange coverage, employer-based insurance, and more. With funding from The California Endowment, Covered California, the California Health Benefits Review Program, and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, CalSIM has been used to develop estimates to inform decision-making and planning related to ACA implementation.

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California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)

Program staff conduct economic and financial impact analyses of proposed legislation that would require specific health benefits to be offered by all insurers. CHBRP was created by the California State Legislature to provide independent analysis of the medical, cost and public health impacts of proposed health insurance benefit mandates.

US Health Research Services Administration Evaluation (HRSA)

The Center was awarded a $350,000 grant by the US Health Research Services Administration (HRSA) to evaluate nationwide data that monitors the performance of community health centers (CHCs) and other centers serving migrant, homeless, and other uninsured populations. The analysis, based on CHC patient surveys, will cover topics such as medical homes, health disparities, quality of care, variations in and access to care. Center Director of Research Nadereh Pourat will lead the project.

Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME)

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has received a five-year grant from The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to evaluate the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program. Nadereh Pourat, Director of Research at the Center, will lead the evaluation project. PRIME is a five-year, $3.7 billion demonstration project under the Medi-Cal 2020 Section 1115 Waiver aimed at promoting access to and improving the health of patients at public, municipal and district hospitals. These hospitals will put in place health improvement projects such as integration of physical and behavioral health care, transition from hospitalization to home health and other post-acute services, obesity prevention, and cancer screening and follow-up care.

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Whole Person Care Pilot Program Evaluation

The Center is evaluating the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot program, one of the "Medi-Cal 2020" Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver programs implemented by the California Department of Health Care Services. WPC is designed to provides care coordination services to the most vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries in California who frequently use health services at emergency rooms and hospitals. Twenty five California pilots, consisting of counties health agencies and other public and private organizations are enrolling the homeless, post incarcerated individuals, and those with mental health conditions or substance use disorders among others with high service use.

The pilots use electronic health records and other technology-enabled care coordination services to connect these beneficiaries with essential physical health, behavioral health, and social services such as housing support and linkages to community programs and resources. The Center's evaluation team will analyze program implementation and administrative data to assess the success of these pilots in addressing the complex needs of these patients. WPC ends in December 2020 and the evaluation will be completed in 2021.

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