California Healthline: DHCS Transparency Bill Moves Forward

by Angela Hart (Guest Contributor)

The Senate Committee on Health this week approved a bill that would set new standards of accountability and transparency at the Department of Health Care Services.

AB 209 by Assembly member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) received unanimous committee approval Wednesday and now heads for a Senate floor vote, the step before it can be sent to the governor’s desk.

The bill wants to hold the department accountable for problems that arise with patients moving to Medi-Cal managed care plans with stronger, measurable benchmarks, Pan said.

“None of this has been reported in a way that’s useful to people outside the department or one of the plans,” Pan said. “It’s not really enough to just measure things. One needs to respond to that, identify where the problems are and develop an action plan to address those things that are identified.”

Pan said data collected must be made public, and it should be in a usable and understandable format for consumers, providers, researchers, advocates and legislators.

Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2013/6/dhcs-transparency-bill-moves-forward.aspx#ixzz2VZ4aP5W6

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