California MedCHAT Collaborative (2014) - Results now available.
MedCHAT in the News
- November 13, 2014. Health Affairs: Reforming Medicare: What Does the Public Want?
- October 20, 2014. The Hastings Center: Re-Designing Medicare.
- September 23, 2014. Kaiser Health News: How to fix Medicare? Ask The Public.
- September 22, 2014. Washington Health Policy Week in Review: Consumers Favor Many Coverage Changes in a Medicare Overhaul
- September 19, 2014. AEI/Brookings co-hosted a DC briefing on MedCHAT.
- September 12, 2014. California Health Line. Report - Many Californians Support Changes to Medicare.
- September 11, 2014. Sacramento Business Journal. Californians Propose Major Changes to Medicare.
- May 30, 2014. Sacramento Business Journal. Citizens tackle Medicare funding debate
- March 22, 2013. Sacramento Business Journal. Group wants to hear from seniors about future of Medicare.
A statewide project on Medicare
Policy leaders are seeking innovations in Medicare, to help ensure the program will best serve current and future generations. The general public needs to be part of this national debate – but in a way that promotes thoughtful perspectives, beyond hasty reactions to simplistic questions.
In collaboration with LeadingAge CA and 20 other non-profit organizations in the state, CHCD developed the California Medicare CHAT Collaborative – MedCHAT – to encourage the general public (seniors and younger adults), community leaders and healthcare professionals to contribute their informed voices to Medicare’s future.
- Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Northern Nevada
- American Society on Aging
- ACC Senior Service**
- Blue Shield of California
- CA Department of Aging
- California Health Advocates
- Dignity Health
- Episcopal Communities & Services**
- Episcopal Senior Communities**
- Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network**
- Institute on Aging**
- Keiro Senior HealthCare**
- Legal Assistance for Seniors/Alameda HICAP**
- Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services
- Partners in Care Foundation**
- Plymouth Village Retirement Community**
- SCAN Health Plan**
- Sutter Health
**Indicates organizations whose staff helped to facilitate MedCHAT sessions
Engagement, Education and Research
Between May 2013 and May 2014, MedCHAT engaged 810 Californians in 82 in-person, interactive group sessions centered on CHAT, a computer-based program for making coverage decisions. The purpose was to learn if, how and why average citizens would change Medicare coverage if they could.
MedCHAT project objectives:
- Promote participants' interest in the Medicare debate as consumers and citizens.
- Improve participants' understanding of the current components and relative costs of Medicare services.
- Identify individual and societal values about contemporary policy issues that impact coverage, e.g., the role of personal responsibility, the cost of unlimited provider choice, the impact of low-value care, and the use of evidence in coverage decisions.
- Provide insights into the perspectives of diverse populations.
- Inform state and national policy leaders, healthcare organizations and consumer groups of the priorities and trade-offs reflected in the MedCHAT findings.