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

CMS Issues Proposed Updates to the Wage Index and Payment Rates for Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the attached proposed rule that would update fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices. CMS proposes a 2 percent ($330 million) increase in its payments for FY 2017, based on an estimated 2.8 percent inpatient hospital market basket update, reduced by a 0.5 percentage point productivity adjustment and a 0.3 percentage point adjustment set by the Affordable Care Act. CMS also implements changes required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act. The hospice cap amount for the 2017 cap year will be $28,377.17.  

CHA News Article

CMS Offers Overviews of Proposed Rulemaking on Quality Payment Program
Three separate sessions set for May 3, 4 & 10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for the public to learn more about its recently released notice of proposed rulemaking, which would implement key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) through the unified framework of the Quality Payment Program. The first webinar, scheduled for 9-10 a.m. (PT) on May 3, will provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program proposed rule. The second webinar, to be held from 9-10 a.m. (PT) on May 4, will address the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System in the Quality Payment Program. On the MLN Connects® National Provider Call, scheduled for 11 a.m. – noon on May 10, CMS will provide a listening session on the streamlining of multiple quality programs into a new Quality Payment Program tied to Part B fee-for-service payments. 

CMS notes that, while participants are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed rule during these events, such feedback will not be considered formal comments on the rule. CMS will not provide a question and answer session during any of the events. More information is available on the CMS website

CHA News Article For Members

Hospital Leaders to Advocate in Washington, D.C.
Federal issue papers released

A group of CHA-member hospital CEOs and government relations executives will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to participate in CHA’s California Congressional Action Program.

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DHCS Announces Fresno Pilot for Community Care Transitions Program

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is initiating a pilot project to measure the effectiveness of newly created marketing materials, attached, for the Community Care Transitions (CCT) program. CCT, California’s Money Follow the Person demonstration, is funded through a federal grant awarded to rebalance the state’s Medicaid spending on long-term care for residents who wish to live and receive care in the community. Under CCT, eligible residents who have lived in an institution or facility for 90 consecutive days and want to transition back to the community are provided with transition coordination, support and follow-up from contracted service providers. Facilities unable to meet residents’ needs for long-term home and community-based services are required to refer identified residents to state-designated local contact agencies (LCAs).

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CMS Issues Interim Final Rule for LTCHs
Comments due June 17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the attached interim final rule to implement section 231 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which establishes a temporary exception for certain wound care discharges from the site-neutral payment rate for certain long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs). The interim final rule, which was released in conjunction with the LTCH prospective payment system proposed rule, will be open for public comment through June 17.

In the rule, CMS establishes that a rural LTCH that “participated in Medicare as an LTCH and was co-located with another hospital as of September 30, 1995, that currently meets the requirements of section 412.22(f) of the Social Security Act” qualifies for relief. The relief applies to patients who received treatment in the LTCH for “severe wound” cases and were discharged prior to Jan. 1, 2017.


News Releases and Media Statements
From the California Hospital Association

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

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.

News Release

Southern California Hospital Leader Elected 2016 Board Chair of California Hospital Association
Redlands Community Hospital CEO James Holmes Will Guide CHA in Coming Year

SACRAMENTO (January 21, 2016 ) – James R. Holmes, President/CEO of Redlands Community Hospital, has been elected 2016 chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Board of Trustees. 

Media Statement

Filing of Harmful Ballot Measure by SEIU-UHW is an Abuse of California’s Initiative Process
New Ballot Measure Attacking Executive Compensation Violates May 2014 Agreement

Today’s  decision by SEIU-UHW (UHW) to file a harmful ballot measure that will negatively impact the operations of hospitals throughout California is an abuse of the state’s initiative process and violates a May 5, 2014 agreement negotiated between the California Hospital Association (CHA) and UHW. Artificially imposing a cap on compensation will result in a loss of qualified executives and undermine the ability of hospitals to meet the challenges ahead.

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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

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.