California Healthline: Legislative Analyst Pushes for Better Oversight of Health Care Services

by David Gorn

A state legislative analyst last week said his department has “numerous concerns” about a lack of public reporting at the state’s Department of Health Care Services.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report last month raising questions about the department’s failure to report on monitoring measures in its fee-for-service access data.  In a Feb. 24 hearing of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, LAO fiscal and policy analyst Felix Su laid out some of those concerns.

Legislative leaders asked the LAO to make a recommendation about a proposal before the Legislature to reverse a 10% Medi-Cal provider rate cut made in 2011. Su said his office was unable to do that, given the dearth of data from DHCS.

“For our office to be able to make such a recommendation, we would require some reliable data or evidence that can inform the state of access to services,” Su said. “There are only a handful of potential sources we can turn to. The most obvious candidate is DHCS’ public reporting system.”

That reporting system is flawed, Su said.


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