Report 2018-122 Recommendation 1 Responses

Report 2018-122: Department of Health Care Services: It Has Not Ensured That Medi-Cal Beneficiaries in Some Rural Counties Have Reasonable Access to Care (Release Date: August 2019)

Recommendation #1 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To ensure that beneficiaries in Regional Model counties have adequate access to care, DHCS should identify by August 2020 the locations requiring additional providers and the types of providers required. It should also develop strategies for recruiting and retaining providers in those locations. If it requires additional funding to complete this assessment or to implement actions to address its findings, DHCS should determine the amounts it needs and request that funding from the Legislature.

60-Day Agency Response

DHCS continues to disagree with this recommendation. DHCS does agree that increasing the number of physicians who practice in California is beneficial for all health care delivery systems; however, such assessment is not in the purview of DHCS.

  • Response Date: October 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Will Not Implement

It is unclear why DHCS does not believe that addressing this recommendation is within its purview, given its role in overseeing the State's provision of Medi-Cal services and ensuring that Medi-Cal recipients have access to medical care that state law requires.

All Recommendations in 2018-122

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.