California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP)
The CHIP Hospital and Physician Programs use SB 1773 Alarcon, SB 12 Maddy Fund traffic fine collections, and local general fund to reimburse San Francisco private hospitals and physicians for uncompensated health care provided to indigents.
The Department of Public Health employs a fiscal intermediary that receives and adjudicates claims for services and issues payments for approved claims. AmeriChoice has been the fiscal intermediary for the CHIP Program since 1991. In addition to claims processing, the fiscal intermediary has responsibilities for provider relations, program management, and data reporting.
Since its inception, the CHIP Program has conducted semi-annual provider meetings with hospital and physician participants to solicit advice on program policy and claims processing. A schedule of future provider meetings is provided on this website. Meetings are open to the public, and a broad spectrum of provider and consumer opinions is desired. Minutes and agenda of future provider meetings will also be available here.
Staffing for the CHIP Program consists of a program coordinator and a part-time administrative assistant. The CHIP Program is a part of the AB 75 Project, Community Programs Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health, and reports to Marcellina Ogbu, Deputy Director of Health. Its administrative office is located at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 260, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Although the hospital program and the physician program share many of the same policies and resources, there are significant differences between the two. To learn more about one or the other of these programs, click on the desired program.