CPAT Program Materials
Chronic Disease, Patient Protections and the ACA: Addressing Access & Affordability
On December 2, CPAT sponsored the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease's (PFCD) special complimentary healthcare forum in Sacramento. The event, which featured leading health policy experts, physicians and patient advocates, was a provocative discussion about how the ACA is impacting the accessibility and affordability of healthcare in California -- and what patient protections must be addressed in 2015.
Bringing Transparency and Access to Drug Formularies
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) and the California Biotechnology Foundation partnered to host seminars to discuss the lack of transparency in drug formularies. Held in Pomona on Sept. 8 and in Sacramento on Sept. 17, 2014, each seminar brought together policymakers, providers, patient advocates and community leaders. The events highlighted resources available for consumers to help them determine the best health plans for their treatment needs and legislative efforts to improve transparency.
Cancer: Diverse Populations and Treatment Innovations Seminar
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) hosted its second quarter educational luncheon seminars, Cancer: Diverse Populations and Treatment Innovations in San Mateo and Riverside, California on June 11 and 12. The seminars were designed to raise awareness about cancer disparities in diverse populations and cancer treatments that are on the horizon. The speaker presentations can be seen below.
Scott Santarella, President and CEO, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
Emily Bennett-Taylor, Lung Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
Dr. Farabi Hussain, Surgical Oncologist, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Cancer Liaison Physician for the American Cancer Society’s Commission on Cancer
Putting Patients First
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) was pleased to help launch the National Health Council’s new patient education tools, Putting Patients First. The two seminars in Sacramento and Los Angeles explained online tools that help people find the right insurance plan for their health and budget needs.
Event Led By:
Executive Vice President and COO
National Health Council
Additional Panelists Included:
California State Conference
President, National Council of Negro Women Inc.
View Park Section, Southern California Area
California Chronic Care Coalition
Business Development and Government Relations
Mental Health Systems
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Presentation: Putting Patients First Presentation
Unlocking the Mystery of COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects an estimated 1.1 million Californians. CPAT hosted its two final seminars of 2013 in November, which focused on COPD. CPAT co-hosted the events with Breathe California of the Bay Area and Breathe California of Los Angeles County.
The purpose of the events was to offer up-to-date information on COPD, including the behavioral and environmental factors that cause it, to explore the emerging role of clinical service providers as Accountable Care Organizations, to inform attendees about the long-term impact of early diagnosis and more.
More than 200 medical professional, patient advocates and community leaders attended the seminars, helping us educate communities about preventing and treating COPD.
- Dr. Guy Soo Hoo, Director of Medical Intensive Care Unit Pulmonary & Clinical Care Section West Los Angeles VA Medical Center
- Hon. Mark Ridley Thomas, Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
- Kamyar Afshar, DO, Director at USC Center for Advanced Lung Disease
- Richard Kenny, MSM, RRT, Director, Respiratory Care Services, White Memorial Medical Center
- Avi lshaaya, MD, Olympia Medical Center, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine, American Board of Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics
- Ahmet Baydur, MD, Pulmonary Disease, USC Keck Hospital
- Brian Tiep, MD, Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, City of Hope National Medical Center
- Thomas Kallstrom, CEO, American Association for Respiratory Care
- Charles Holzner, MD, Senior Medical Officer, CareMore Health Plan
- Michael Belman, MD, MPH, Regional Vice President, Medical Director Clinical Programs and Innovation, Anthem Blue Cross
- Hunt Turner, Vice President, Sullivan Curtis Monroe
- Jordan Hall, Director of Population Health, UCLA Health System ACO Michael Cousineau, DrPH, USC Keck School of Medicine
- Colin LeClair, Executive Director, Monarch Healthcare ACO
- Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director, Los Angeles Department of Public Health
- Margo Sidener, President and CEO, Breathe California of the Bay Area
- Bruce Beck, Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, El Camino Hospital
- James Canfield, MBA, RPFT, Lead Diagnostic/Interventional Pulmonary Technologist, Respiratory Medicine, Interventional Pulmonary Service, El Camino Hospital
- Scott Zimmerman, MBA, CCRC, Principal Director at Studyops, Inc.
- Presentation by James Canfield, MBA, RPFT
- Presentation by Kamyar Afshar, DO
- Presentation by Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MA, MBA
- Presentation by Thomas Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC
- World COPD Day Presentation
- Panel Questions
The Obesity Epidemic in California
Obesity is today's silent killer. One in every three adults is considered obese and childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. The California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT) is committed to helping the community understand the negative impacts obesity can have on a person's life span and quality of life, opening the door to healthy weight loss goals and stopping this deadly trend.
During the luncheon, participants learned about the medical community's growing concern over the health risks associated with obesity; how California can help encourage weight-loss and support evidence-based treatment plans; and about current treatment options that have demonstrated and achieved significant weight loss goals.
Ken Fujioka, MD, Director of Center for Weight Management & Director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Research Center, Scripps Clinic, Department of Diabetes and Endocrine
John M. Vasquez, Solano County Supervisor, District Four
Presentation by Ken Fujioka, MD
Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act
Mental health is one of the most important, but often overlooked, aspects of overall health. The issues impact all of us – individuals, families or entire communities. Whether it is depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia or substance abuse, we must work to improve access to vital mental health care services. Only through education, and partnership with health care systems, community-based organizations and faith-based groups, can we increase the number of people who believe that they can take action to maintain and protect their mental health.
During this informative luncheon, participants learned about the current state of mental health in California; the challenges communities face when trying to access mental health care services; the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and what parity, mental health and substance abuse treatments will be included; and how organizations like yours can help enroll people in plans offered through Covered California and ensure high levels of health care utilization.
Scott Suckow, Vice President of Community Partnerships for Mental Health Systems
Norma Forbes, Executive Director for Fresno Healthy Community Access Partners
Kevin Hamilton, Deputy Chief of Programs, Clinica Sierra Vista
Dr. David Conn, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Public Policy for Mental Health Systems
Medication Adherence 101
While almost half of our population suffers from at least one chronic condition, almost three out of four Americans report that they do not always take their medications as directed. This lack of medication adherence has led to serious health consequences and avoidable costs.
The consequences of not taking medication as directed by doctors or pharmacists can cause additional health problems and even lead to hospitalization. This alarming trend needs to be reversed and healthcare stakeholders have an important role to play.
During the two informative luncheon seminars, guests learned about the importance of medication adherence, policy changes impacting adherence, side effects and tips for remembering to take medications as prescribed. We hope to raise awareness and encourage health care professionals to communicate the importance of medication adherence to their patients.
Christina Sochacki, R.N., J.D., Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs of Council for Affordable Health Coverage
Elaine Linn, Sacramento Coordinator, National Consumers League
Understanding the California Health Benefit Exchange (click to watch the webinar)
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), allowing California to continue with its efforts to implement federal health reform. A recent survey from Kaiser Permanente and the Small Business Majority found that more small businesses would be likely to provide benefits to employees through the California Health Benefit Exchange (HBEX). Please join us on July 26, 2012 for a webinar on the HBEX, which follows the overwhelming responses to our luncheon seminars. Now that the highest court in the land has provided guidance, this was another highly informative discussion.
The HBEX will be an online marketplace for individuals and small businesses to comparison shop among competitively priced health plans, a population estimated to be more than eight million by 2016, according to University of California, Berkeley.
The webinar includes discussion of the HBEX's vision, mission and values, its approach to improving access, quality and affordability and implementation issues associated with standing up the HBEX.
Speaker: Kim Belshé
Senior Policy Advisor for Public Policy Institute of California
California Health Benefit Exchange Board Member
Hepatitis C: Understanding and Combating a Hidden Disease (click to watch presentation)
An estimated four million individuals in the United States are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) -- four times the number of Americans with HIV -- with an estimated 600,000 people infected with HCV in California alone. Baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1965 who were infected decades ago, make up two out of every three people with Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C also disproportionately affects minorities. African Americans, who make up 14 percent of the population, account for 22 percent of Hepatitis C cases in the US. The disease also is more aggressive and carries a higher risk of cirrhosis for Latinos than for any other community.
The problem we are confronted with is that as many as 75 percent of infected individuals are unaware that they have Hepatitis C. For people with this disease, the consequences of not knowing they are infected can be deadly. Fortunately, with proper screening, diagnosis and treatment, chronic Hepatitis C infections can be cured. These proactive steps can significantly reduce patients' risk of progressing to decompensated cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, or death compared to those who are not treated.
This informative seminar includes information about the impact of Hepatitis C in California, the importance of early detection through screenings, potential changes to the Center for Disease Control's guidelines for HCV tests and treatments options. This is an opportunity to help raise awareness for one of the most dangerous and hidden health problems in California.
Speaker: Dr. Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF
Associate Professor of Medicine & Surgery
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Understanding the California Health Benefit Exchange (click to watch presentation)
We will soon witness the greatest transformation of the health care system in our nation's history. California is on the frontlines and the first state in the country to create a program to implement the federal Affordable Care Act. The California Health Benefit Exchange will be an online marketplace for eligible individuals to purchase coverage, a universe also comprised of small businesses that is estimated to be more than eight million by 2016, according to University of California, Berkeley.
These informative seminars included discussions about the sources of health insurance in the state, the rising costs of health care, the Exchange's vision, mission and values and issues and obstacles facing the execution of health care reform in the state. Our seminars also focused on how Exchange will work, what it means for employers of all sizes and the Exchange's potential impact on patients, health care providers and advocacy organizations, as well as the quality of care.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 101
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment hosted a webinar to allow for learning about how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is organized, functions and how the drug review and approval process works. After reviewing these materials, you’ll walk away with an important understanding of how the FDA keeps patients safe and regulates research and manufacturing.
Advocating for Change: Training Session
By reviewing this presentation and the handouts, you will learn how to advocate for your issues, both legislatively and systematically. We hope this will provide training needed to develop focused messages and strategies to impact decision makers at all levels. These are important tools that can help guide your health care and non-profit advocacy efforts.
Script Your Future: The Importance of Medication Adherence
While almost half of our population suffers from at least one chronic condition, almost three out of four Americans report that they do not always take their medications as directed. This lack of medication adherence has led to serious health consequences and avoidable costs.
The consequences of not taking medication as directed by doctors or pharmacists can cause additional health problems and even lead to hospitalization. This alarming trend needs to be reversed and healthcare stakeholders have an important role to play. During this informative luncheon, guests will learn about the importance of medication adherence, asking the right questions regarding side effects and tips for remembering to take medications as prescribed. We hope to raise awareness and encourage healthcare professionals to communicate the importance of medication adherence to their patients.
National Cost of Obesity Seminar Presentation
Healthy people build a healthy nation, but the increasing prevalence of obesity throughout America has created obstacles preventing us from achieving improved health outcomes and a stronger workforce. These factors create a diminished quality of life for too many and hinder our capability to compete in the global economy. During this informative luncheon, guests learned about the state of obesity in the United States and California, the causes of obesity, and the associated health risks. The seminar not only looked at the financial costs involved, but addressed how obesity impacts our collective health and ability to develop a healthy workforce, and what we can do to reverse this trend.
Webinar: Learn about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance and the Together Rx Access® Program!
The California Partnership for Access to Treatment hosted a webinar to demonstrate ways we can help uninsured Californians gain better access to prescription medicines. The webinar reviewed uninsured statistics for California and information about two great resources: the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) and Together Rx Access.
Advocacy Training: How to Effectively Communicate with Policymakers and the Media
This presentation reviews how to effectively communicate your issues and develop focused messages impacting policymakers and the news media. This training session will provide important tools that can help guide your health care, business and non-profit advocacy efforts while you learn effective ways to influence public policy. The following presentation will illustrate how a lobbyist can help or hurt your advocacy efforts, and the process used to navigate through the Capitol community.
Also: To Hire or Not Hire? How a Lobbyist Can Help or Hurt an Organization
Live Your Life Well: Living With Mental Health and Other Chronic Conditions
This seminar is designed to increase the number of people who take positive actions to protect their mental health. By presenting in-depth information about 10 specific tools, supported by a strong body of research, our goal is to provide health providers and advocates with the resources needed to promote individual resiliency during major life changes and/or times of stress.
Also: Public Health Approach to Mental Health Care
Making the Most of Your Medicines
Medication has become the mainstay of medical treatment for many health problems. While medicines are powerful tools that can add years to life and address some of today's most prevalent diseases, their full value can only be realized if patients are able to obtain and effectively use them. Amazingly, research suggests that the U.S. has significant room for improvement in this regard. Every year, the suboptimal use of medications is estimated to cost our country billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Because most medications are procured by consumers in the community and consumed in their homes, it is critical for patients and caregivers to understand what they must do to make the most of their medications
H1N1 Pandemic Flu Preparedness: Keeping Californians Informed
Every year in the United States, up to 20 percent of the population contracts the flu. Scientists believe that a new and different flu virus, called novel 2009 H1N1, may cause more people to get sick this year than during a regular flu season. As we enter into the flu season, it is important to be aware of the facts to keep you healthy, tips for prevention of the flu and availability of vaccinations for this virus.
Worksite Wellness: Engaging Businesses and Non-Profits to Produce Positive Results
Unhealthy lifestyles drive 50 percent of medical costs, with the impact being felt at home and at the workplace. The loss of productivity due to employee absence (absenteeism) and the less-than-maximum levels of performance at work (presenteeism) are growing concerns among all types of organizations. The good news is that many effective strategies exist that can be implemented in the workplace to help employees of non-profits and businesses adopt healthier lifestyles, bringing about positive changes in behavior and health outcomes.
Reforming America's Healthcare System: A Comprehensive Overview of the Ongoing Debate and Implications
Our discussion will provide an overview of the current healthcare reform debate. We will explore the problems healthcare reform seeks to address such as the uninsured, costs, and quality. What the process has been thus far and overview of three major pieces of legislation. What role the White House plays and other key actors off the Hill in creating a healthcare reform package. How the creation of a national health exchange can facilitate easier and cheaper enrollment of the uninsured. What are the levers that make the bills more or less expensive. Discuss a timeline of the critical moments in creating a reform package and speculation on outcome scenarios. Also: Replay the webinar.
San Fernando Valley Roundtable Forum on Diabetes - The Diabetes Crisis Affecting the San Fernando Valley Communities
Removing barriers to affordable prevention and treatment for diabetes is a priority health need of communities in the San Fernando Valley. There is a great need for educational resources and access to treatment. Effective dialogue among health and community partners has the power to initiate and promote innovative strategies that ensure an increase in education, resources, and the treatment and management of diabetes.
Depression in African Americans
Featured Speaker: Michelle O. Clark, M.D., President, Golden State Medical Association of California, Inc.
Stress Management in Difficult Economic Times: A Mind-Body Approach
In these challenging economic times, promoting and maintaining our wellness is more important than ever, but it can be difficult to do. How do we learn to stop worrying about events completely out of our control? This lack of control can often lead to depression and anxiety about what the future holds. Worse yet, it can cause a remission of psychiatric symptoms that had previously been well managed with psychotherapy and/or medications. Luckily, many different techniques exist to help reduce the impact of financial stress on your overall well-being.
Reducing Health Disparities through Primary Prevention
Primary prevention -- taking action before a health condition arises -- can make a vital contribution to current efforts to reduce disparities in health. By addressing the underlying factors that negatively influence health, prevention has the power to reduce the incidence of poor health, injury, and premature death.
Advocacy - Effectively Communicating with Policymakers and the Media
Learn how to effectively communicate your issues and develop focused messages impacting policymakers and the news media. These important tools that can help guide your health care, business and non-profit advocacy efforts while learning effective ways to influence public policy.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D):
Understanding Open Enrollment for 2009 (PDF)
With the open enrollment period for Medicare Part D quickly approaching, it is important for organizations working with Medicare eligible patients to gain an understanding of the Medicare program, the choices available and benefits of participation. This program will give you the tools you need to help the people you serve make confident and informed decisions about their coverage.
The Business Value of a Healthy Workforce (PDF)
The principal stumbling block to effectively managing health is that the health care issue has always been placed solely in the context of health care costs and their containment. This presentation steps outside this framework to demonstrate how and why employee health management investments are good business investments. Employers, both public and private, can change the zero-sum game into a win-win for employees and their businesses.
Also: Triple Solution for a Healthier America (PDF)
D-Atlas Presentation (PDF)
In 2007, a unique online tool, the Diabetes Atlas* (D-Atlas) was launched, providing health advocates with the capability to determine the scope of diabetes disparities in certain areas. D-Atlas has the ability to chart the prevalence and cost of type 2 diabetes by race/ethnicity, age, or gender in the United States, in individual states, and in congressional and state legislative districts for the years 2000 thru 2007. By utilizing D-Atlas, advocates can create customized maps identifying areas where diabetes disparities may exist. It is available free of charge to advocate groups throughout California. This presentation discusses the use of the D-Altas to aid and gives a better understand of incidence of diabetes on a local level.
*D-Atlas was developed by the National Minority Quality Forum, with support from both Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.
Cancer and Cancer Control Among Asian Americans (PDF)
California sees incredible disparities in cancer prevalence and prevention among the Asian American population. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Asian American community, yet there is still relatively little research and data being produced. Asian Americans are among those who underutilize cancer screening. This presentation will provides information on the disparities faced by the Asian American community and discusses efforts being made to address the possible causes and trends.
Maximizing Technology for Non-Profits (PDF)
Modern non-profit organizations are moving beyond the tried and true techniques of snail-mail newsletters, in-person seminars and office visits. The widespread use of technology means there are now more avenues available for non-profits to reach their constituents. This webinar presentation discusses how non-profit organizations can use text messaging, e-mail and Web sites to reach almost every member of the community. Many of these methods are inexpensive for both the organization and the receiver. Also: Listen to the audio portion of the webinar.
Trends in Senior Health Care (PDF)
In the 21st century, tens of millions of Baby Boomers are leaving middle age behind and entering the ranks of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare. This presentation focuses on the changes that need to be made to our health care system to adjust to accommodate the needs, demands, and hopes of America's "Modern Golden Age."
Counterfeit Medicines and California’s E-pedigree Legislation (PDF)
This presentation discusses the dangers posed by counterfeit medicines globally and the relative safety of the US drug supply chain. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have medicines for sale that can be more than 30 percent counterfeit. Medicines sold over the Internet that conceal their physical address are counterfeit in more than 50 percent of the cases, according to the WHO. In California, efforts requiring medicines to be tracked electronically were recently delayed in acknowledgement of the complex regulatory and technological challenges involved in establishing an electronic tracking system for medicines. The presentation also covers California’s recent decision to delay implementation of electronic tracking was in the best interest of patients, and allows millions of Californians continued access to prescription medicines while the electronic tracking system is developed.
Health Care in Southern California: Perceptions vs. Facts (PDF)
How accurate are Southern Californian's perceptions of health care?
A presentation by Danielle Cameron of the National Health Foundation exploring the importance of understanding public perception of the health care system’s strengths and areas needing improvement when planning reform. The National Health Foundation reported on an extensive survey to explore the perceptions of a selected group of Southern Californians on our health care coverage, hospital-based care and the cost of health care. Both the consistencies and contradictions between perceptions and reality present interesting points for discussion and can help create the foundation for tomorrow’s health care reforms.
The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease
- An Unhealthy America - Executive Summary - Produced by the Milken Institute
- The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease on California
- The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease on the US
Health Disparities in California
Presentation by Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq., President & CEO of the California Primary Care Association: "Health Disparities in California" - Exploring the causes and social conditions that contribute to California's developing health disparities and some of the strategies being implemented to reverse these trends.
Counterfeit Medicines: What You Need to Know
Presentation by Chris Ward of Ward Health Strategies: "Counterfeit Drugs and the Safety of America's Drug Supply Chain" - The growing issue of counterfeit drugs from a global and national perspective, how counterfeit drugs are harmful and how we can avoid them.
More news about counterfeit drugs: www.protectmymeds.com.
Reducing Health Disparities Through Primary Prevention
- Presentation by Carol Chao and Janani Srikantharajah of The Prevention Institute
- Reducing Health Care Costs Through Prevention - The difficulty of controlling costs and improving outcomes in the US suggests the need for an innovative approach to health reform, one that emphasizes upstream efforts
- Community Makeover Funds: Controlling Health Care Costs Through Healthy Community Environments
The Value of Medicine: The Triple Solution to Improving
Health and Lowering Healthcare Costs
by Mike Pucci, Vice President, External Advocacy, GlaxoSmithKline
- The Ashville Project
- A special supplement on how pharmaceutical care produced successful
outcomes in diabetes patients in one North Carolina city
Cities Diabetes Challenge
- Innovations in Medicine:
Research and Development Resource Page
Counterfeit Drugs: Issues, Explanations, and Avoidance
- Presentation - Los Angeles and
San Diego, by Dr. Bryan Liang, California Western School of
- Counterfeit Drugs
Health Disparities Presentations:
- Presentation - Sacramento
by Jeremy Cantor, MPH, Program Manager (Microsoft Powerpoint)
- Los Angeles by Antronette (Toni) Yancey, MD, MPH, Professor
(7/1/07), Health Services and Co-Director, Center to Eliminate
Health Disparities (Microsoft Powerpoint)
- Health Disparities
The Deficit Reduction Act: Implications for California
by Donna Boswell, Partner at Hogan & Hartson (PDF)
Health Literacy Resources:
- Health Literacy
Resources Guide (PDF)
Literacy Help for Patients (PDF)
Worksite Wellness Program Presentations:
- Wellness for the
Workplace vs. Fitness for a Few (PDF)
Task Force on Youth and Worksite Wellness (PDF)
California Health Resources:
- Guide to Existing California
Health Resources and Programs (PDF)
Increasing Access To Prescription Medicines:
- Op-Ed by Teresa Heinz Kerry and
Jeffrey Lewis, President, Heinz Family Philanthropies (PDF)
- "Effectively Communicating
with Policy Leaders and the News Media" (Microsoft PowerPoint)
Health Economics Presentation:
- "Health Economics:
An International Comparison of Health Systems" (PDF)