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What is CalAIM?

CalAIM is a five-year initiative by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of the Medi-Cal population by meeting people where they are in life, addressing social drivers of health and breaking down barriers in accessing care. CalAIM offers Medi-Cal members coordinated and equitable access to services that address their physical, behavioral, developmental, dental and long-term care needs. CalAIM is a population health approach that prioritizes prevention and whole-person care. It extends services and supports beyond hospitals and health care settings directly into California communities

The initiative leverages Medi-Cal as a tool to help address many of the complex challenges facing California’s most vulnerable residents, including individuals experiencing homelessness, children with complex medical conditions, justice-involved populations with significant clinical needs and the aging population.

CalAIM has three primary goals:


Identify and manage member risk and needs through whole-person care approaches and address social determinants of health


Move Medi-Cal to a more consistent and seamless system by reducing complexity and increasing flexibility


Improve quality outcomes, reduce health disparities and drive delivery system transformation and innovation through value-based initiatives, modernization of systems and payment reform

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