The shared mission of California’s hospitals is to be on the front-lines of serving the health care needs of their local communities – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospitals and their medical staff are relied upon to care and cure patients; this task requires a relationship with their communities built on trust, reliability, and compassion. CHA works with hospitals and payers to strengthen these relationships, and reassure patients, regardless of their ability to pay, of hospitals’ commitment to caring.
In anticipation of the availability of a vaccine for the H1N1 virus in the fall of 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created two new HCPCS Codes for the vaccine itself (G9142), which is not payable by Medicare as it will be supplied at no cost, and for the administration (G9141), which is payable.
In September 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 774, the Charity Care and Discount Payment Law. This legislation requires every general acute-care hospital, psychiatric acute-care hospital and specialty hospital to make the public aware of charity care, payment discounts and government-sponsored health coverage programs. The statute also calls for standardization of hospital billing and collections procedures.