THE HEALTH BEAT SURVIVAL KIT<br />What you need to know to cover health in your community<br />
WHERE TO FIND THIS PRESENTATION<br />
YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 1)<br /><ul><li>Health providers (doctors, nurses, unionized health workers, health profes...
Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
Health consumers (you and your audience) </li></li></ul><li>YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 2)<br /><ul><li>Health provide...
Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
Health consumers (you and your audience) </li></li></ul><li>Who you gonna call? <br />
SOURCES: NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL<br />Community clinics<br />Community activists<br />Neighborhood associations<br />
SOURCES: CITY LEVEL<br />City public health department – large cities have their own, counties serve smaller towns<br />Pl...
SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL AGENCIES<br />County public health department – serves smaller cities and unincorporated areas<br />...
SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL PLAYERS<br />School–based health clinics and nurses<br />County Medical Association or Society – org...
SOURCES: STATE AGENCIES<br />Department of Managed Health Care – regulates HMOs<br />Department of Insurance – regulates o...
And more state agencies…<br />Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development – state think tank, data bank<br />Calif...
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  1. 1. THE HEALTH BEAT SURVIVAL KIT<br />What you need to know to cover health in your community<br />
  2. 2. WHERE TO FIND THIS PRESENTATION<br />
  3. 3. YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 1)<br /><ul><li>Health providers (doctors, nurses, unionized health workers, health profession students)
  4. 4. Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
  5. 5. Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
  6. 6. Health consumers (you and your audience) </li></li></ul><li>YOUR HEALTH CARE UNIVERSE (PART 2)<br /><ul><li>Health providers (doctors, nurses, unionized health workers, health profession students)
  7. 7. Health care institutions (community clinics, hospitals, large medical groups, nursing homes)
  8. 8. Health payers (private insurers, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families)
  9. 9. Health consumers (you and your audience) </li></li></ul><li>Who you gonna call? <br />
  10. 10. SOURCES: NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL<br />Community clinics<br />Community activists<br />Neighborhood associations<br />
  11. 11. SOURCES: CITY LEVEL<br />City public health department – large cities have their own, counties serve smaller towns<br />Planning and Zoning – can affect hospital or clinic expansion/closures <br />
  12. 12. SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL AGENCIES<br />County public health department – serves smaller cities and unincorporated areas<br />Environmental Services Department – (West Nile, contaminated fountains, etc.)<br />Planning and Zoning – can affect hospital or clinic expansion/closures <br />Mental health services agency<br />
  13. 13. SOURCES: COUNTY LEVEL PLAYERS<br />School–based health clinics and nurses<br />County Medical Association or Society – organization of local doctors<br />Community Clinic Association/Consortium – lobbies for and supports local clinics<br />Area Agency on Aging – deals with Medicare, elder abuse issues<br />HICAP Health Insurance Counseling Assistance Program – helps Medicare patients<br />
  14. 14. SOURCES: STATE AGENCIES<br />Department of Managed Health Care – regulates HMOs<br />Department of Insurance – regulates other forms of health insurance<br />Health and Human Services Agency – oversees health and social services departments <br />Department of Public Health – deals with outbreaks, food safety, TB, immunizations, etc.<br />Department of Health Care Services (administers Medi-Cal, oversees hospitals) <br />
  15. 15. And more state agencies…<br />Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development – state think tank, data bank<br />California Medical Board – oversees doctors<br />California Nursing Board – oversees nurses<br />
  16. 16. SOURCES: THE FEDS<br />Regional Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – investigates fraud, nursing homes, hospitals treating Medicare patients<br />Regional Health and Human Services office –hospital inspection reports<br />
  17. 17. SOURCES: OTHER PLAYERS<br />Malpractice lawyers<br />Calif. chapters of specialty boards <br />California Nurses Association – represents registered nurses<br />SEIU Locals – represent nursing aides, health technicians, hospital janitors<br />Think Tanks: California HealthCare Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation<br />
  18. 18. SOURCES: ADVOCATES/LOBBYISTS<br />Health Access – advocacy group<br />Consumer Watchdog – advocacy group<br />California Primary Care Association - represents 600+ community clinics<br />California State Rural Health Association – represents rural clinics and hospitals<br />California Medical Association – represents interests of doctors<br />
  19. 19. Got all that? Good.<br />Any questions?<br />

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