Whole Person Care Pilot

Info & Materials

November 15, 2016 – Click here to go to Alameda County’s website for AC Care Connect.

November 9, 2016 – Click here for the September 13, 2016 Local Perspectives/WPCP presentation by Dr. Kathleen Clanon, Alameda County HCSA Medical Director.

November 9, 2016 – Click here for the August 1, 2016 Whole Person Care Pilot Overview presentation by Rebecca Gebhart, Alameda County HCSA Interim Director, to the Board of Supervisors Health Committee.

When people with complex health needs try to navigate multiple systems that don’t communicate with each other, the potential for negative outcomes is high. California’s Whole Person Care Pilot is an attempt to address this reality for Medi-Cal’s highest risk populations. The Whole Person Care Pilot is one of several initiatives under Medi-Cal 2020, California’s new 1115 Waiver that allows the state to waive elements of the Medicaid program in order to test out projects and demonstrations that support the objectives of Medicaid.

Alameda County’s three-year Whole Person Care Pilot is called Alameda County Care Connect (AC3), and begins in January of 2017. While older adults are a small segment of AC3’s target population, the systems transformation promises to benefit many.

Recent Developments

November 9, 2016 – On November 1, 2016, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency was awarded $140 million in funding for a three-year Whole Person Care Pilot. Alameda County Care Connect will target homeless adults who are high utilizers of multiple systems, and adults with complex conditions who receive care management in one system but require coordination across multiple systems.

The pilot aims to completely change the way people with complex issues experience care, with data-sharing and a care coordination system designed to help Care Teams address these individuals’ full spectrum of needs in a coordinated and integrated way.

We’ll be hearing more about the pilot at SSC’s December 2nd conference. Click here for more information.

August 9, 2016 – When people with complex health needs try to navigate multiple, siloed systems that don’t communicate with each other, the potential for negative outcomes is high. California’s Whole Person Care Pilot is an attempt to address this reality for Medi-Cal’s highest risk populations. Alameda County is one of 18 counties that have responded to the state’s RFP, and the odds are good that the county will win funding for the three year pilot.

On August 1, Rebecca Gebhart, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency’s Interim Director, and Nancy Halloran, HCSA Policy Director, presented an overview of the County’s proposal for a Whole Person Care Pilot. Click here for a copy of the presentation to the BOS Health Committee. Here’s a summary:

Dubbed Alameda County Care Connect (AC 3 for short), the pilot would target adults who are homeless and are high utilizers of multiple systems (interacting with two or more of the behavioral health, substance abuse, law enforcement and emergency department systems), and adults with complex conditions who receive care management in one system but require coordination across multiple systems.

The Pilot aims to completely change the way people with complex issues experience care. It would create a county-wide data-sharing and care coordination system designed to help Care Teams address these complex individuals’ full spectrum of needs in a coordinated and integrated way. It would provide case management and facilitated care transitions, 24/7 services, housing solutions and support, and a “consistent front door experience” for patients and families.

What would this mean for older adults? My best guess is that 6-8% of the AC 3 target population is age 60+ (6% of the population receiving services from ACBHCS are older adults, and 8% of the population served by the County’s Substance Use Disorder Services). We’ll learn more – and understand what role community-based organizations can play – in the Fall.

The County submitted its proposal to the state in July. Awards will be announced October 24.

Opportunities to Engage

None at this time.

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