Effective Jan. 1, 2008, hospitals are required to submit charity care and discount payment policies bi-annually to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) using OSHPD’s online system. Hospitals have had to comply with new fair pricing policies since Jan. 1, 2007, as required by AB 774.
CHA’s handbook, HospitalCharity Care & Discount Payment Policies, can assist hospitals with creating a process for redeveloping business practices consistent with current, common interpretations of the hospital fair pricing policies, including the new OSHPD reporting regulations.
Community Benefits In exchange for their tax-exempt status, private not-for-profit hospitals in California are required to conduct a community needs assessment every three years; develop a community benefit plan in consultation with the community; and annually submit a copy of its plan to OSHPD.
An innovative mobile medical clinic program in Los Angeles County provides essential health care services to underserved communities throughout the San Fernando Valley. The 34-foot “clinic-on-wheels” is funded by Providence Health & Services – Southern California. It brings affordable health care directly to communities and provides preventive treatment to reduce costly visits to hospital emergency rooms.
In opposition to AB 975 (Wieckowski/Bonta), CHA has embarked on a comprehensive public advocacy campaign to increase awareness of the importance of not-for-profit hospitals and the diverse array of community benefit programs they provide throughout California. A new video (below) describes the vital role nonprofit hospitals play in the communities they serve.
AB 975 would establish a “guilty until proven innocent” presumption for hospitals that report an operating margin of more than 10 percent.Under current law, nonprofit hospitals are required to invest their funds int
CHA has developed new tools to help member hospitals comply with California’s fair pricing law for low-income, uninsured individuals. At the bottom of this page are samples of signage in various languages to illustrate how some hospitals are complying with the notice requirements. To view, click on any of the images.
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.