CHA actively assists hospital compliance officers, privacy officers and other hospital personnel regarding compliance with the myriad federal and state laws that govern hospital administration and the delivery of health care. CHA also sponsors legislation on behalf of California hospitals on issues related to compliance.
The California Hospital Compliance Manual covers high risk compliance issues including uses of information technology, the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback laws, physician self-referral, proper cost reporting practices, hospital fair pricing policies, and issues for nonprofit and tax-exempt hospitals. The manual also includes a model compliance plan that hospitals can adapt to fit their operations.
In late December CDPH issued new regulations regarding hospital penalties. The new penalties will apply to incidents which occur on or after April 1, 2014. Previously, penalties were levied against hospitals for incidents which caused immediate jeopardy (IJ) to the health or safety of a patient. Under the new regulations penalties may extend to non-IJ violations and the penalties for IJ violations will increase.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its annual report on the most significant management and performance challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The summary fulfills OIG’s requirement to identify management challenges, assess the progress in addressing each challenge and submit a statement about them to HHS. The assessment is included as an appendix to the publicly available HHS annual Agency Financial Report.
On January 23, 2013, the California Building Standards Commission adopted emergency regulations revising the 2010 California Building Standards Code. One of the key areas impacted was signage. Hospitals have a lot of signs — large hospitals may have up to 80 or more different types. Find out about the emergency regulations and what you need to do to comply.
The California Hospital Compliance Manual is the only publication written for hospital compliance officers that integrates California law and federal law on high-risk compliance areas. Written by Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, and CHA, the 2014 edition has been updated to reflect changes through Jan. 1, 2014 to Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursement requirements, including physician supervision, repeat admissions, same-day readmissions, leaves of absence and much more.