Emerging California Health Care Market Trends

New Los Angeles and San Diego Regional Market Reports Available

Media Advisory
Jan. 23, 2013

Alwyn Cassil (202) 264-3484 or acassil@hschange.org

WASHINGTON, DC—New market studies of the Los Angeles and San Diego areas conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) offer a look at emerging trends, including preparations for health reform.

Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) and based on interviews with local health care leaders in 2011-12, the regional market studies assess how the organization, financing and delivery of health care are changing across the state. In recent months, CHCF has published regional market studies of Sacramento, Riverside/San Bernardino, San Francisco and Fresno.

Los Angeles: Fragmented Health Care Market Shows Signs of Coalescing

Illustrating the fragmented nature of the Los Angeles (LA) health care market, scores of hospitals and numerous physician practices are scattered across a vast and congested area that is home to 10 million people. With the exception of Kaiser Permanente, hospital systems and physician organizations tend to operate in isolated silos without an extensive footprint across the county. Key developments include:

The Los Angeles report is available at http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/01/regional-market-los-angeles.

San Diego: Health Care Providers Expand Capacity as Competition Increases for Well-Insured Patients

San Diego health care providers generally fared well during the economic downturn, which was not as severe in San Diego as in some other areas of California. Key developments include:

The San Diego report is available at http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/01/regional-market-san-diego.

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The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nation’s changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research.