Health Plan of San Joaquin helps im­prove re­gion health

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/ State/ Opinion -

Ed­i­tor, Man­teca Bul­letin, Hav­ing wrapped up the year just passed, Health Plan of San Joaquin is ea­gerly look­ing ahead to meet­ing lin­ger­ing Cen­tral Val­ley eco­nomic chal­lenges to health­care for our mem­bers and com­mu­nity.

In 2017, we in­creas­ingly fo­cused on our com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity build­ing, one of our core strengths, as we ad­vo­cated for our com­mu­nity’s health and well­be­ing. The na­tion­ally rec­og­nized Com­mon­wealth Fund agreed.

In “Health Care Im­prove­ment in Stock­ton, Cal­i­for­nia: Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Ca­pac­ity Build­ing, and Med­i­caid Ex­pan­sion,” they found: “The North­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­gion of Stock­ton…stands out along with Akron, Ohio, for hav­ing im­proved on more per­for­mance mea­sures than any other re­gion.” They noted: “The re­gion’s im­prove­ment ef­forts ap­pear to be fa­cil­i­tated by sup­port­ive state pol­icy and the mar­ket dom­i­nance of a lo­cally gov­erned Med­i­caid man­aged care plan” – HPSJ. “With 90 per­cent of the mar­ket share in San Joaquin County and over 60 per­cent in Stanis­laus County and long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with nearly all lo­cal health providers – it has been in the com­mu­nity for 20 years – the in­surer has the lever­age to pro­mote broad­scale per­for­mance im­prove­ments.”

Health can­not ex­ist in a vac­uum, and HPSJ is well po­si­tioned to lever­age lim­ited re­sources – and un­lim­ited lo­cal re­la­tion­ships – to go above and be­yond, from con­ven­ing an opi­oids cri­sis col­lab­o­ra­tion, to pi­o­neer­ing lo­cal pal­lia­tive care part­ner­ships.

As the ma­jor, lo­cal not-for-profit pub­lic health plan, we in­vite all to look at our Com­mu­nity Re­port, “IM­PROV­ING HEALTH THROUGH – Com­mu­nity, Col­lab­o­ra­tions & Con­nec­tion” ( Us) and hear from some lo­cal part­ners on ways we’re join­ing to­gether to strengthen our com­mu­nity’s health. Amy Shin Health Plan of San Joaquin CEO French Camp

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