Whole Person Care
Center for Integrated Health Solutions, SAMHSA-HRSA
Whole Person Care Pilot: from the California Department of Health Care Services Website: The overarching goal of the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilots is the coordination of health, behavioral health, and social services, as applicable, in a patient-centered manner with the goals of improved beneficiary health and well-being through more efficient and effective use of resources. WPC Pilots will provide an option to a county, a city and county, a health or hospital authority, or a consortium of any of the above entities serving a county or region consisting of more than one county, or a health authority, to receive support to integrate care for a particularly vulnerable group of Medi-Cal beneficiaries who have been identified as high users of multiple systems and continue to have poor health outcomes. Through collaborative leadership and systematic coordination among public and private entities, WPC Pilot entities will identify target populations, share data between systems, coordinate care real time, and evaluate individual and population progress – all with the goal of providing comprehensive coordinated care for the beneficiary resulting in better health outcomes.
In 2016, DHCS completed a first round WPC application process and approved 18 lead entities to operate WPC pilots.
In early 2017, DHCS will conduct a second application process to expand current pilots and/or approve additional entities to operate WPC pilots.
Whole Person Care: A Mid-Point Check-In: Whole Person Care (WPC) was designed to target Medi-Cal patients with complex medical issues and frequent users of multiple health systems. These county-led pilot projects coordinate physical health care, behavioral health care, and social services to improve the health and well-being of beneficiaries through an effective use of resources. The California Department of Health Care Services, the California Health Care Foundation, and Harbage Consulting released a report detailing the Whole Person Care (WPC) pilot implementation progress. The report, Whole Person Care: A Mid-Point Check-In includes background on the WPC program as well as challenges and opportunities related to: partnerships, data sharing, care coordination, housing, and sustaining successful practices post-2020.
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