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Little Hoover Commission Denti-Cal Study

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Little Hoover Commission Denti-Cal Study
The “Little Hoover Commission” on California State Government Organization and Economy is an independent state oversight agency created in 1962 to investigate
state government operations and – through reports, recommendations and legislative proposals – promote efficiency, economy and improved service in state government. In April, Senator Dr. Richard Pan and Assembly Member Dr. Jim Wood petitioned the Commission to undertake a formal review of Denti-Cal program operations in the wake of the deficiencies outlined in the 2014 State Auditor’s Report (recounted above) and the lack of adequate response by the DHCS. The commission agreed to do so and held in September a public hearing to initiate the study, at which CSPD provided invited oral testimony. Dr. Reggiardo later spoke by telephone with the Deputy Executive Director and Staff to recommend focusing on three areas of accountability:

  1. Denti-Cal Beneficiary Utilization (patient access and services provided)
  2. Denti-Cal Provider Participation (network adequacy and capacity)
  3. Department of Health Care Services Denti-Cal oversight (responsibilities and execution)

The Commission will next likely assemble stakeholder focus groups to identify potential improvements to Deti-Cal operations to recommend to the Department and to the Legislature. The next open meeting is scheduled for November 19.


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