Smart Care California
Smart Care California is a public-private partnership working to promote safe, affordable health care in California. The group currently focuses on three issues: C-sections, opioid overuse and low back pain. Collectively, Smart Care California participants purchase or manage care for more than 16 million Californians—or 40 percent of the state. Smart Care California is co-chaired by the state’s leading health care purchasers: the California Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal; Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace; and CalPERS, which manages pension and health benefits for California’s public employees, retirees, and their families. IHA convenes and coordinates the partnership with funding from the California Health Care Foundation.
Smart Care California Background Information
By some estimates, up to 30 percent of all patient care in the United States is at best ineffective or at worst harmful while increasing costs for everyone. In order to address concerns regarding the increased use of wasteful medical services, Smart Care California, previously known as the Statewide Workgroup on Reducing Overuse, was formed in 2015. Smart Care California engages participants representing physicians, hospitals and health systems, health plans and other payers, purchasers, and consumer organizations to tackle the issue of overuse.
Smart Care California Progress
The dashboard below contains data on select measures from existing sources to highlight statewide progress for Smart Care California’s three focus areas. The dashboard currently includes data from 2015, which serves as baseline, and 2016, as well as the percent relative change between baseline and 2016. This dashboard will be updated on an annual basis.