Introduction to OHCA
Established in 2022, the Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) recognizes that it is in the public interest that all Californians receive health care that is accessible, affordable, equitable, high-quality, and universal.
OHCA has three primary responsibilities:
- slow health care spending growth
- promote high value system performance, and
- assess market consolidation.
OHCA will collect, analyze, and publicly report data on total health care expenditures, and enforce spending targets set by OHCA’s Health Care Affordability Board. To ensure a balanced approach to slow spending growth, OHCA will promote high value system performance by measuring quality, equity, adoption of alternative payment models, investment in primary care and behavioral health, and workforce stability. Through cost and market impact reviews, OHCA will analyze transactions that are likely to significantly impact market competition, the state’s ability to meet targets, or affordability for consumers and purchasers. Based on results of the review, OHCA will then coordinate with other state agencies to address consolidation as appropriate.
The Office of Health Care Affordability has announced its proposed Alternative Payment Model (APM) Standards and Adoption Goal recommendation.
- Notice of Publication and Public Meeting- APM Standards and Goal Recommendations
- Read about the proposed APM recommendation: OHCA Recommendation to Board- Proposed APM Standards and Goal
The Office of Health Care Affordability has announced its recommendation for the statewide health care spending target.
- Notice of Publication- Proposed Statewide Spending Target
- Read about the spending target methodology and proposal: Proposed Statewide Spending Target Recommendation
Material Change Transaction Notices / Cost and Market Impact Review (CMIR)
Laws & Regulations
HCAI and OHCA program regulations (existing and proposed).
Background & Resources
Program overview and FAQ.
Contact OHCA at email@example.com with any questions.
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