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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) program

Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) program (2010-2015)

CCRMC and Health Centers' mission is to "care for and improve the health of all people in Contra Costa County with special attention to those most vulnerable to health problems." In working toward achieving this mission, CCRMC and Health Centers has embarked on an ambitious plan to expand access to care and enhance quality through a robust effort called the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) program.

There are three primary goals to DSRIP: improve population health, enhance the patient experience, and reduce/control the cost of care. In this unique state and federal joint program, public hospitals receive government funds for achieving specific performance improvement milestones. This pay-for-performance program is one component of California's Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, which is sometimes referred to as the state's "Bridge to Health Care Reform."

While large-scale overhauls can take a decade or more to achieve, DSRIP, which began in November, 2010, requires CCRMC and California's other public hospitals and health systems to reach an average of 217 milestones in five categories within five years. The categories include: Infrastructure Development; Innovation and Redesign; Population-Focused Improvement; Urgent Improvements in Care; and HIV Transition Projects.

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