Previous generations had simple needs when interacting with the healthcare system. To book an appointment with their primary care physician, they’d pull out their calendar, pick up the phone, and call the office. They’d take whatever appointment was available, pencil it into their calendar, and wait. For after-hours care, they would either call their doctor and wait for a nurse to call back or make an expensive trip to the ER. While this system was straightforward, it was rarely personalized or consumer-centered.
The Berkeley Outpatient Center, a joint health facility from UCSF Health and John Muir Health that provides primary and preventive care, will meet in the next week to discuss whether the facility will accept UC Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP, according to John Muir Health spokesperson Ben Drew.
Marin General Hospital & UCSF Health Form Strategic Alliance
Marin General Hospital (MGH) and UCSF Health have formed a strategic alliance to expand clinical collaborations in Marin County, with the goal of improving patient care and strengthening physician practices for the local community.
Managed competition is a concept that was born in California and has achieved a measure of acceptance there. As California and the United States as a whole continue to struggle with the challenge of providing high-quality health care at a manageable cost, it is worth asking whether managed competition—with its tools for harnessing market forces—continues to hold promise as a means of improving value in health care, and whether the standard conceptualization of managed competition should be modified in any way.
The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has officially approved Canopy Health's expansion into the South Bay. The network is growing its pioneering healthcare model by adding two medical groups and three hospitals, which brings its alliance to nearly 5,000 physicians, 18 hospitals, and dozens of care centers across eight Bay Area counties.
John Muir Health and UCSF Health opened their first joint outpatient center for primary care and specialty care, the Berkeley Outpatient Center, today, providing patients in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and the surrounding areas with a new choice for high-quality care.