The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce shared a blog post co-authored by L.A. Care and HealthNet called "L.A.’s Whole Person Care Pilot – Enrollment Has Begun!" The piece talks about the role that the two agencies are playing in WPC-LA, which is part of a statewide pilot to address a broad range of social determinants of health.
The social determinants of health include income, nutrition, housing/homelessness, environmental factors, incarceration history and individual behaviors. These are all factors that can affect whether someone ends up in the hospital or is able to thrive in their community, and in many cases be part of a productive workforce.
Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services is leading this effort, developing an ambitious set of 15 programs targeting six high-risk populations. The groups have repeated incidents of avoidable emergency room use or hospital admissions which are among the costliest.
By increasing links and services outside of the traditional health system into the larger community, the pilot program hopes to improve health outcomes and reduce utilization of high-cost services among the Medi-Cal beneficiaries in L.A. County.
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L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.