Interim Evaluation of California’s Whole Person Care (WPC) Program

Authors: Nadereh Pourat, PhD, Emmeline Chuang, PhD, Xiao Chen, PhD, Brenna O’Masta, MPH, Leigh Ann Haley, MPP, Connie Lu, MPH, Michael P. Huynh, MPH, Elaine Albertson, MPH, Denisse M. Huerta
Year: 2020
State: CA
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Publicly Available: Yes
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The interim evaluation of the Whole Person Care (WPC) Program, led by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Associate Director Nadereh Pourat, used qualitative data sources to examine the infrastructure developed, implementation processes, and services delivered by Pilots in WPC, as well as challenges encountered and promising strategies used to overcome them. UCLA used Pilot-reported metrics and Medi-Cal data to determine whether WPC led to better care and better health within the first three years of WPC.

Overall, the results indicated significant progress in the establishment of needed infrastructure and processes to support effective care coordination, including the development health information technology and the establishment of partnerships for managing care. Examples of better care outcomes included improved rates of follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness, initiation and engagement in alcohol and other drug dependence treatment, and timely provision of comprehensive care plans. Examples of better health outcomes included improved beneficiary self-reported overall and emotional health, controlled blood pressure, and diabetes control.

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