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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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CMS Announces Changes to SNF Five-Star Rating Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to the five-star quality rating system for skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) on the Nursing Home Compare website. The changes are aimed at providing more precise and meaningful quality information.

Effective Feb. 20, the SNF star rating will:

  • Include use of antipsychotics in its calculation;
  • Have improved calculations for staffing levels; and
  • Reflect higher standards for nursing homes to achieve high ratings on the quality measure dimension.

CMS estimates that, because the standards for performance on quality measures are increasing, approximately two-thirds of SNFs will see a decline in their quality measures rating and about one-third will experience a decline in their overall five-star rating. Additional information is available on the CMS website.

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TRICARE Mental Health Rates Announced

A Federal Register notice earlier this month announced per diem rates for both full-day and half-day TRICARE partial hospitalization programs for fiscal year 2015. Rates are effective for services provided on or after Oct. 1, 2014. The notice includes updated regional per diem rates for low-volume mental health providers, the update factor for hospital-specific per diems, the updated cap per diem for high-volume providers, and the beneficiary per diem cost-share amount for low-volume providers.

CHA News Article

Hospitals in 340B Program Urged to Contact Representatives Before Hearing Next Week

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday, March 5 to examine the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices. Witnesses from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General are scheduled to testify. The hearing will review the functionality of the program to ensure it is meeting its goal of improving access to prescription drugs for needy patients at facilities serving these populations. California hospitals that benefit from the program are urged to contact the Californians on the subcommittee and express their support of the program. California Reps. Doris Matsui (Sacramento area), Lois Capps (Santa Barbara area) and Tony Cardenas (Los Angeles area) are members of the subcommittee.

CHA News Article

Registration Open for 2015-16 California Physician Leadership Program

Due to the success of the inaugural California Physician Leadership Program, the hospital associations are pleased to announce that a second cohort will begin in September and registration is now open for the 2015–16 sessions (Sept. 18, 2015, through April 23, 2016). The California Physician Leadership Program is an interactive training course designed to advance California physicians’ ability to navigate the increasingly complex, often ambiguous, health care landscape.

“The future of health care in California relies on our ability to combine innovative thinking with sound business principles and the confidence to lead others,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner. “I encourage individuals who want to have a major role in shaping their organization and the health care delivery system to enroll in this unique program.”

CHA News Article

Karen Smith Appointed Director of CDPH

Gov. Brown has appointed Karen Smith, MD, MPH, as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Dr. Smith has been medical staff for infectious disease at Queen of the Valley Medical Center since 2012, has served as public health officer and deputy director at the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency since 2004 and has been a faculty consultant at the Francis J. Curry International Tuberculosis Center since 1997. In addition, Dr. Smith is a liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Board of Scientific Counselors, and is president-elect of the California Conference of Local Health Officers. She served as assistant section chief at the California Department of Health Services Tuberculosis Control Branch from 2000 to 2001.

“CHA congratulates Dr. Smith on her appointment to this important position and looks forward to working with her,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner.

News Release

Northern California Kaiser Executive Elected 2015 Board Chair of California Hospital Association
Gregory A. Adams Will Guide CHA in Coming Year

Gregory A. Adams, executive vice president and Northern California region president for Kaiser Permanente, has been elected 2015 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

Media Statement

Hospitals and Nurse Leaders Urge CNA/NNU to Abandon Strike, Not Patients
The following statement was issued today by C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO of the California Hospital Association and Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO of the Association of California Nurse Leaders

“The so-called National Day of Action by the California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses United (NNU) is a politically motivated effort to exploit public concern about Ebola to promote their own agenda. Their recommendations are not supported by clinical evidence or consistent with medical experts and recognized authorities on infectious diseases, including the federal Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention and the nation’s four high-level biocontainment unit hospitals.

Media Statement

California Hospitals Applaud Brown Administration’s Leadership in Ebola Preparedness Efforts
by C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO, California Hospital Association

The California Hospital Association applauds the leadership of Governor Jerry Brown and his Administration to ensure that patients and the health care workforce are protected and that hospitals are prepared to respond if an Ebola case occurs in California. The designation of UC Hospitals to receive and treat patients is the latest step in what has been a comprehensive response by health care leaders, hospitals, physicians, nurses, public safety and other stakeholders. Communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration are critically important and hospital leaders are working with the Administration to expand the network.  A statement will be released next week identifying additional hospitals that will accept and treat patients with a confirmed Ebola diagnosis. 

Media Statement

CA Hospitals, Nurse Leaders Issue Statement in Response to Ebola Outbreak
by C. Duane Dauner, President/CEO of the California Hospital Association, Tricia Hunter, Executive Director of the American Nurses Association-California, and Pat McFarland, CEO of the Association of California Nurse Leaders

“The California Hospital Association, the Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Nurses Association-California, and other professional health care organizations, are working to ensure that patients and the health care workforce are protected and that hospitals are prepared to respond if an Ebola case occurs in California. This is a serious issue that requires a comprehensive response by health care leaders, hospitals, physicians, nurses, public safety and other stakeholders. Communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration are critically important.

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.  

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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.

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.

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