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The core of CHA member benefits: the latest information for members

CHA provides timely information to its members on a daily basis through CHA News, issued at 3 p.m. every day, Monday through FridayThis section contains a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.

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Hospital Quality Institute Annual Conference to Highlight Tools, Practices to Accelerate Excellence
Discount registration ends Sept. 30 — register today

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) Annual Conference — Accelerate Excellence — will be held Nov. 6-7 in Huntington Beach.

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Covered California Announces Insurance Plans for Small Businesses in 2015

Covered California has named the 2015 insurance carriers for its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) and announced new and expanded options for employers. The six SHOP health plans and 10 dental plans include a mix of health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations and exclusive provider organizations. The health plans are from the following health insurance companies:

  • Blue Shield of California
  • Chinese Community Health Plan
  • Health Net
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sharp Health Plan
  • Western Health Advantage

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IPF Claims With Teaching Adjustment to Be Mass Adjusted by Dec. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that due to a software issue in the second release of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) pricer, the teaching adjustment amounts on IPF claims have been duplicated. Medicare administrative contractors will complete mass adjustments to all IPF claims with a teaching adjustment, for discharge dates in FFY 2014, by Dec. 1.

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CMS to Begin End-to-End Testing for ICD-10 in January
Volunteers must apply by Oct. 3

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will begin limited end-to-end testing for ICD-10 claims in January 2015. During the testing period, a sample of 50 volunteer participants for each Medicare administrative contractor will be selected to represent a broad cross-section of provider, claims and submitter types. CMS will conduct the testing to demonstrate that entities are able to successfully submit ICD–10 claims to the shared systems; that software changes made to support ICD–10 result in appropriately adjudicated claims based on the pricing data used for testing purposes; and that remittance advices are produced.

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CMS to Host Second Call on Hospital Appeals Settlement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host an additional National Provider Call about its administrative agreement for denied inpatient status claims on Oct. 9 from 10:30 a.m. – noon (PT). The call, which is a follow-up to CMS’ Sept. 9 call, will include an update on the hospital appeals settlements and provide hospitals with an opportunity for an open question-and-answer session with CMS. CMS has posted a transcript and audio recording of the Sept. 9 call on its website. CMS urges hospitals to submit questions prior to the call via email at MedicareSettlementFAQs@cms.hhs.gov. To register for the Oct. 9 call, visit www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies.

News Release

Innovative Medical Career Program Sponsored by Bay Area Hospital at Risk if AB 503 is Enacted
New Video Profiles Medical Biotechnology Academy at John Muir Hospital in Concord

SACRAMENTO (June 9, 2014) -  The California Hospital Association (CHA) today released a new video highlighting a successful community benefit program that is designed to expose students to possible careers in the medical and health care field.  The program, operated jointly by John Muir Hospital in Concord and Mt. Diablo High School’s Medical Biotechnology Academy, is designed to place students on a career path through a rigorous, hands-on internship program.  Its future is threatened, however, by Assembly Bill (AB) 503 (Wieckowski/Bonta).

Media Statement

Qualification Effort for Medi-Cal Funding Initiative Likely Requires Full Count of Signatures
by C. Duane Dauner, President / CEO, California Hospital Association

The California Hospital Association (CHA) is disappointed by news that signatures to qualify a ballot initiative aimed at ensuring a stable source of federal health care funding for hospitals that provide care to California’s most vulnerable residents will likely not meet the random sampling threshold as required by state law.  

Media Statement

California Hospitals Disappointed that May Revise Doesn’t Reverse Retroactive Medi-Cal Payment Cuts
By C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO

The California Hospital Association (CHA) is disappointed that the May revision to the state’s proposed 2014-15 budget, released today, does not reverse looming retroactive Medi-Cal payment cuts to hospital-based skilled-nursing facilities. This omission comes at a critical time in the evolution of the Medi-Cal program.  

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CA Hospitals, SEIU-UHW Reach Agreement to Improve Health Care, Create New Model of Labor Relations

A broad range of California hospitals and hospital systems and the state’s largest union of hospital workers, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), have signed a breakthrough agreement to form a strategic relationship that will change the face of healthcare in California and serve as a new national model for how employers and unions interact. 

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Voter Signatures Submitted for Ballot Measure to Protect Health Care Funding for Children, Seniors and Low-Income Californians
Initiative Ensures Government Accountability, Provides Billions in Federal Matching Funds

PALO ALTO, Calif. – A broad coalition of health care providers and community groups announced today that they have collected and are submitting more than one million voter signatures statewide in order to qualify the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act of 2014 for the November ballot.  The measure builds upon SB 239, an important bipartisan agreement passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, with no opposition votes cast, to provide a stable source of health care funding to serve California’s most vulnerable citizens: children, seniors, and low income residents.

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CHCF Releases Report on Monitoring Medi-Cal Access

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) has released the attached report titled Monitoring Access: Measures to Ensure Medi-Cal Enrollees Get the Care They Need. Prepared by Mathematica Policy Research and the Urban Institute with support from CHCF, the report provides a framework that can be used to determine the extent to which Medi-Cal provides beneficiaries with appropriate access to health services.

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CHA Releases 2014 Follow-Up Report on Allied Health Workforce

CHA is pleased to release the attached report, Critical Roles: California’s Allied Health Workforce (March 2014), a follow-up to an original 2011 publication. The report includes statewide information on select allied health occupation vacancy rates and age distribution, as well as other important information. The report is based on a 2013 statewide hospital survey that was designed to gather up-to-date data on the demand for health professionals in the short term and to identify hospital workforce concerns in the coming years. In addition to highlighting the survey findings, the updated document also includes key messages for policy makers and other stakeholders relevant to health workforce development in California. For a printed copy of the report, please contact info@calhospital.org.

News Release

New Study by Economist and Former Finance Director Tom Campbell Shows Access to Care At Risk from Mandates
Thousands of Californians Could be Shut Out From Needed Health Care if Legislation Is Passed

(SACRAMENTO – January 16, 2014) – Former Congressman and State Finance Director Tom Campbell released results today of a new study that warns that thousands of Californians could be shut out of the health care they need, even if they have health coverage, if new regulations and mandates are approved by the state Legislature.  

Issue Paper

CHA Releases Allied Health Workforce Survey Results
Critical Roles: California's Allied Health Workforce

CHA is pleased to release Critical Roles: California’s Allied Health Workforce. This report highlights key findings from a recent CHA Allied Health Workforce Survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather up-to-date data regarding the effects of the economy on the demand for allied health professionals and to identify hospital workforce needs and concerns in the next one, three, and five years.

This report is the second comprehensive survey of the allied health professional workforce since CHA formed the Healthcare Workforce Coalition in 2007.

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AHA Report – ‘Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage’

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a report titled, “Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage.” This report is the result of a year-long effort by the 2009 Long-Range Policy Committee to examine health workforce issues in the coming decade and to provide findings and recommendations for the field.

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