Report 2018-122 Recommendation 10 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 #10 To: Health Care Services, Department of

To ensure that all counties are aware of the managed care model options available to them and of the steps necessary to implement those models, DHCS should provide by December 2019 information to all counties that clearly defines each managed care model and the steps and legal requirements needed to establish each model.

60-Day Agency Response

DHCS is working internally to create the necessary information for posting to the DHCS website that explains the steps and legal requirements to establish each plan model type. In addition, DHCS has recently updated the DHCS website and has made improvements that allows the public easy access to information regarding information about health plans. Two improvements to the website include easily accessible links entitled "Medi-Cal Managed Care", as well as a direct link entitled "Finding your County Office". DHCS also continues to be committed to meet with counties when requested to discuss issues about managed care and answer questions regarding the models. Finally, DHCS will issue an information update letter to the County Health Executives Association of California and/or the CA State Association of Counties notifying them of changes to the DHCS website which may be of assistance to counties.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2019
  • Response Date: October 2019

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented

We look forward to reviewing DHCS' six-month response to evaluate the information DHCS is creating that will address the steps and requirements for establishing each plan model type.

All Recommendations in 2018-122

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.