California’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver which will run through December 2020, Medi-Cal 2020, includes a $3 billion pilot program to improve care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries by supporting local efforts that embrace the Whole Person Care (WPC) philosophy. The WPC system is a holistic approach to healthcare that looks at vulnerable individuals through a “whole person”lens to address complex needs within their full spectrum. This approach extends far beyond traditional healthcare services as it considers social determinants to health for low-income communities, including poor nutrition, lack of safe and stable housing, incarceration, and unemployment. These factors and current services should not be isolated in individual siloes, like they are currently, but rather should all work together to create an overarching network of care.
Our team at Streamline Healthcare Solutions is sharing this free white paper to further the conversation that the new whole person care philosophy is beginning to lead the way to a holistic and patient-centered approach on a more universal scale.