CHA News
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.

CHA News Article

Infection Preventionists Invited to Participate in HAI Reduction Program
Application deadline is March 17

Infection preventionists are invited to participate in States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE), a new program designed to support health care-association infection (HAI) reduction. STRIVE is the result of a partnership among the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Hospital Quality Institute and the HAI Workgroup,  and brings additional resources to California Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (CalHIIN) hospitals for HAI reduction.

CHA News Article For Members

More Details Released on House GOP ACA Repeal/Replacement Plan

Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to dominate federal attention and activity in Washington, DC. An intensified sense of urgency is prompting renewed effort by congressional leaders to advance repeal and replacement policy during the coming weeks.

CHA News Article

New Guide Details Trauma-Informed Approach to Human Services

A new multi-agency guide covers emotional trauma and its impact on human services programs, with the goal of helping professionals learn to better administer trauma-informed care. The guide provides an overview of key concepts related to trauma; concept papers addressing toxic stress, resilience and historical trauma; Q & As on adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed services and staff capacity building; and a guide to federal resources for specific programs or populations. The guide was developed by the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Community Living, and the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services.

CHA News Article

CHA Participates in MHSOAC Forum
Emphasizes collaboration between hospitals, county mental health departments

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission held a forum on Feb. 13 to address triage grants issued under SB 82, the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013. The forum aimed to open a dialogue between county behavioral health departments and others interested in and related to managing individuals in a mental health crisis, with an emphasis on hospital emergency departments and law enforcement. CHA, Regional Association and hospital leadership staff attended, emphasizing opportunities for increased collaboration between hospitals and county mental health departments. Panel presentation topics included current challenges developing memorandums of understanding; read-only access to electronic health records and data collection; collaborative relationships with law enforcement, including triage personnel and the use of peers working with hospitals on site and with law enforcement in the field; and relationships between counties, hospitals and law enforcement departments that have proven effective in the response to local mental health crisis needs.

CHA News Article

Certain Provisions of Episode Payment Model Final Rule Delayed
July 1 performance period for cardiac care EPM unchanged

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the attached final rule delaying the effective date of its previous final rule implementing a new mandatory episode-based payment model (EPM) for cardiac care and expanding the current Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model to include surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures beyond hip replacement. The delay is a result of the Trump Administration’s regulatory freeze and delays until March 21 the effective date for all provisions of the rule originally set for Feb. 18. However, provisions that will take effect July 1 remain effective on that date, including the beginning of the first performance period for the EPMs for cardiac care and a number of the changes to the CJR model. The final rule does not make any other changes to the CJR program or the cardiac EPMs.


News Releases and Media Statements
From the California Hospital Association

For past news releases and media statements, please visit the archive.

News Release

UC Davis Medical Center CEO Elected 2017 Board Chair of California Hospital Association
Ann Madden Rice Will Guide CHA Through Year of Significant Change

          SACRAMENTO (February 6, 2017) – Ann Madden Rice, CEO of the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, has been elected 2017 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

News Release

CHA Board of Trustees Announce Retirement of Long-Time President/CEO C. Duane Dauner

SACRAMENTO (December 15, 2016) – Jim Holmes, chair of the boards of the California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems (CAHHS) and California Hospital Association (CHA), announced today that long-time President and Chief Executive Officer, C. Duane Dauner, will retire when his employment agreement ends on December 31, 2018.

Media Statement

California’s Hospitals Applaud Bipartisan Legislative Action in Support of MCO Tax Package
Health Plan Financing Package Provides Needed Funding for Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Units

The California Hospital Association (CHA) applauds today’s bipartisan passage in both the Assembly and Senate of the revamped Managed Care Organization (MCO) financing package. The reformed funding program will stabilize the state’s General Fund costs for Medi-Cal and provide much needed funding for hospital-based skilled nursing facilities as well as programs that support the developmentally disabled.

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CHA News Article

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

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.

General information

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.

General information

Allied Health: The Hidden Health Care Workforce

Allied Health: The Hidden Health Care Workforce is the result of work completed by the CHA Healthcare Workforce Coalition. The coalition was established by CHA, and is sponsored in part by The California Endowment, in response to the need for a coordinated, statewide effort to develop and implement long-term strategies that will address allied health workforce shortages in the state. Members of this broad coalition include CHA member hospitals and health systems, as well as various stakeholders, including representatives from the University of California (UC), California State University, California Community Colleges, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, UC San Francisco Center for the Health Professions, Connecting the Dots Initiative, Campaign for College Opportunity, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and California Primary Care Association, among others.