Category: CalAIM


Assembly Considers DHCS, CalAIM Budget Proposals

On Monday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services heard various proposals under the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), regarding the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative and various Medi-Cal benefits, and DMHC proposals. Jacey Cooper, State Medicaid Director & Chief…

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DHCS Unveils Strategy to Support Health and Opportunity for Children and Families

This week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) unveiled Medi-Cal’s Strategy to Support Health and Opportunity for Children and Families. Noting that DHCS is responsible for the health care of more than 50 percent of California’s children, the department is launching a strategy for families enrolled in Medi-Cal to unify threads of existing…

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CMS Approves CalAIM Dental Initiatives

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved State Plan Amendment 21-0019 for dental components as part of the sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. The amendment, effective January 1, 2022, authorizes supplemental payments for select preventive dental services and dental examination services for continuity of care. The amendment…

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DHCS ECM and ILOS Webinar Recording and Slides Now Available

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) today made available the recording and materials from the August 25 webinar for providers and interested parties on the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In Lieu of Services (ILOS) components. The August 25 webinar covers the following: What are ECM…

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DHCS to Hold CalAIM ECM and ILOS Webinar on August 25

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will convene a webinar, the second in a two-part series, to educate community providers about fundamental aspects of the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In Lieu of Services (ILOS), including managed care plan and provider roles, provider expectations, and an overview…

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DHCS Makes Available CalAIM Webinar Materials

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) last month convened a webinar for providers and interested stakeholders to learn about the forthcoming policy changes associated with Medi-Cal Managed Care and the state’s sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Initiative. The webinar provided background on Medi-Cal, CalAIM components, Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In…

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CMS Opens Public Comment for California’s CalAIM Waiver Request

This week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed receipt and completion of California’s Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver, referred to as California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). CMS today opened a 30-day federal public comment period, allowing individuals to provide input on California’s request for a five-year Medicaid demonstration extension. The federal…

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DHCS Submits CalAIM Waiver Applications to CMS

On Wednesday, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Section 1115 Demonstration and CalAIM Section 1915(b) Waiver to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. By submitting the applications, DHCS is seeking federal approval to implement key components of the…

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