Healthcare Access Monitoring Reports
“[Access] is the link between health services systems and the populations they serve. Access means not only visiting a medical care provider, but also getting to the right services at the right time to promote improved health outcomes.” - Andersen, Ronald & Davidson, Pamela "Improving Access to Care in America"
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) developed a healthcare access monitoring system to better detect if Medi-Cal beneficiaries are experiencing difficulties accessing healthcare services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) required DHCS to monitor healthcare access upon approval of California's State Plan Amendment to reduce certain Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates.
DHCS will report on 23 access measures annually and a subset of four access measures quarterly. Beginning with the 2012 Quarter 2 monitoring period, the executive summary and four access measures will be reported in five separate PDFs.
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