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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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National Institute on Drug Abuse Announces Resources for Providers

New resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse are intended to help those who work in treatment centers or the criminal justice system. The resources include:

  • Drugs & the Brain Wallet Card — designed to identify triggers that could prompt a drug relapse in those who have stopped using drugs while in the criminal justice system or are receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. It also includes information about resources and helplines.
  • The Science of Drug Use: Discussion Points — offers suggestions for how to talk with teens and young people about drug use, and reinforce the concept that addiction is a brain disease requiring treatment and ongoing attention. 
  • Easy-to-Read Drug Facts — brief, printable documents with information about specific drugs, the negative impact of drug use, the nature of addiction and treatment and recovery. 
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New Analysis Shows Covered California’s Risk Mix Stable and Improving

A new analysis of Covered California’s enrollment shows that California’s risk score improved from 2016 to 2017, indicating a healthier mix of enrollees. The study, conducted by Health Affairs, combined Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development data with data from Covered California’s enrollment system to determine standardized risk scores. Overall, in the one-year period studied, six carriers’ risk scores declined, while one stayed the same and four increased. Statewide, the risk score declined from 1.11 in 2016 to 1.09 in 2017, indicative of a healthier population with respect to chronic conditions. According to the report, Covered California enrollment remains strong and stable despite uncertainty about health care coverage at the federal level.

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CMS Seeks Providers for IMPACT Act Beta Test
Informational webinars to be conducted in June

This fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a national beta test to evaluate standardized patient assessment data elements, as mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.   

CMS has contracted with the RAND Corporation to develop and implement standardized patient assessment data elements and is currently recruiting post-acute care providers including home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities to participate in the beta test. The test will be conducted in 10 metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and San Diego. 

CMS will conduct several informational webinars in June:

Monday, June 5 at 11 a.m. (PT) Click here to register 
Monday, June 12 at 11 a.m. (PT) Click here to register
Thursday, June 15 at 9 a.m. (PT) Click here to register
Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m. (PT) Click here to register

More information is available on the CMS website.

CHA News Article

SAMHSA Announces Grants to Implement Suicide Prevention Model

Public health agencies, emergency departments and primary or behavioral health care organizations are encouraged to apply for fiscal year 2017 grants to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model. Thirteen grants of up to $700,000 each are available to help organizations raise suicide awareness, establish referral processes and improve care and outcomes for adults aged 25 and older who are at risk for suicide. Application materials are available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website, and are due July 18.

CHA News Article

Issue Brief Addresses Delivery System Transformation Under PRIME Program

A new issue brief from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, in partnership with the California Health Care Safety Net Institute, outlines how the Public Hospital Redesign and Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME) Program has changed delivery of care across California’s public health care systems. Intended to make primary and specialty care more patient-centered by improving care coordination and by providing the right care in the most appropriate setting, PRIME relies on funding from California’s five-year Medi-Cal 2020 Section 1115 demonstration waiver. Under the program, public health care systems must meet rigorous performance targets and further support delivery system reform by participating in alternative payment models. In addition to detailing the program requirements, structure and metrics, the issue brief also analyzes how PRIME projects are directly impacting the health and well-being of their target patient populations.

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News Releases and Media Statements
From the California Hospital Association

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

Media Statement

California Hospitals Express Disappointment in House of Representatives’ Passage of AHCA
Legislation Will Undermine Medicaid Program, Many Californians May Lose Coverage

Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives does not advance CHA’s long-standing goal to expand health care coverage to all Californians.  

California leads the nation in expanding health care coverage, with 91 percent of all Californians now covered.  If the current version of the AHCA is enacted, some of this gain could be undone, resulting in a loss of health care coverage for many Californians.   The plan calls for $880 billion to be cut from the Medicaid program nationwide – an amount that will undermine this vital program.  More than 14 million Californians – including children, seniors and low-income families -  are currently enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid.  

The AHCA would increase the cost of coverage for Californians with pre-existing health conditions.  A last-minute amendment to the AHCA requires states to request a waiver from the federal government in order to obtain funding for high-risk pools that would support coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.  It is unknown whether California will seek such a waiver, however it is unlikely that sufficient federal funding will be available to provide affordable coverage for all individuals suffering from high-cost pre-existing conditions. 

California’s experience with high-risk pools has been unsuccessful, in part because they were underfunded.  A program launched in the early 1990s called the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (Mr. MIP) left many people without coverage or on long waiting lists.

CHA supports an optimally healthy society which includes coverage for all Californians.  The Association will continue to support this vision as the AHCA moves to the U.S. Senate.  

Media Statement

California Hospitals Say ACA Replacement Plan Will Likely Result in Significant Reductions in Coverage

The proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) partial repeal and replacement plan released last night by House Republicans could have negative impacts on California hospitals and the patients they serve. In particular, CHA is concerned about the likelihood of a reduction in coverage that would result from this proposal.

California leads the nation in expanding health care coverage, with 91 percent of all Californians now being covered. The plan’s proposal to restructure Medicaid will likely undo the important gains in coverage that have been made over the past few years. California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. An estimated 6.3 million Californians, including 1.9 million children, live in poverty.

CHA is disheartened by the failure of this plan to restore funding for the Medicare program. Currently, under the ACA, Medicare funding to California hospitals is being cut by more than $26 billion through 2026 in exchange for the promise of expanded coverage. Unless these payments are restored, California hospitals and the patients they serve will likely face a diminution of available health care services.

As the effort to repeal and replace the ACA continues to unfold, CHA looks forward to working with members of the California congressional delegation to maintain optimal coverage for all Californians.

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.

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Employee health benefit costs growing faster in U.S. than in Europe
Modern Healthcare

The rising cost of employer-based health benefits in the U.S. is slowing down, but still rapidly outpacing costs in many other developed countries, including those across Europe. In the United States, healthcare benefit costs are projected to rise 7.5% in 2017, according to a survey of 231 global health insurers in 79 countries surveyed by consulting firm Willis Towers Watson. That’s a little bit slower than the 7.8% increase experienced in 2016, but still triple the rate of inflation.

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Drug Resistant TB Is Predicted To Steadily Spread In 4 Countries
National Public Radio

Drug resistant tuberculosis is expected to increase globally over the next two decades.

New research predicts a steady rise in TB cases that can’t be cured with conventional, first-line antibiotics in four countries.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast that these complicated — and potentially deadly — cases of TB will become far more common in Russia, India, the Philippines and South Africa by the year 2040.

“Multi-drug resistant TB is going to increase to about 30 percent of cases in Russia,” says Peter Cegielski with the CDC’s Global TB Branch and the senior author of the new report. “It [drug resistant TB] will get to about 10 percent in India and the Philippines and probably about 5 percent in South Africa.”

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Survey finds nurses love their jobs but are burning out
HealthcareDive

The national survey asked 257 RNs who work in a hospital setting about their jobs. Nurses said they have been fatigued because of excessive workloads (60%), not being able to take a lunch or dinner break (42%), not being able to take any breaks (41%), and not being able to get enough sleep between shifts (25%).

Another piece that will be of interest to hospital leaders — 24% of nurses said that 12-hour shifts (as opposed to eight-hour shifts) are a key for causing fatigue.

Overworked and burned out nurses are a problem that can lead to errors, and 44% of the nurses surveyed acknowledged that they are worried that patient care will suffer because they are tired. Also, 11% admitted that they have made a mistake because they were tired.

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3 Steps to Reducing Bias in Leadership
Hospitals & Health Networks

Despite occupying more than three quarters of all health care-related jobs, women are a minority in the field’s C-Suite positions — and their number is in slight decline, said Nancy Agee, American Hospital Association Chairman-elect and president and CEO of the Carilion Clinic, during a session at the AHA’s Annual Meeting this week.

On what is believed to be the first all-female panel in the more than 40 years of AHA annual meetings, leaders discussed various obstacles to women in the C-suite. Examples ranged from the familiar salary-negotiation issue — “Aim high and do not discount yourself, or others will discount you” said Christina Campos, administrator at Guadalupe County Hospital — to more nuanced concepts, such as executive presence — “How do you share your story so others are willing to listen?” said Phyllis Wingate, president of the Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast. The panel also included Mary Blunt, corporate vice president at Sentara Healthcare, and Bea Grause, R.N., president and CEO, Healthcare Association of New York State.

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Majority of Americans fear they’ll lose health insurance
Modern Healthcare

The idea that the government has a responsibility to make sure everyone has access to “affordable, quality healthcare” is highly popular, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. That’s similar to other recent national polls.Consumer Reports conducted a poll from April 6 to 9, with a nationally representative sample and released the results Thursday.It found that 56% of Republicans say the government should make sure everyone can access affordable healthcare, and 78% of all respondents agreed.

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Trump administration backs off penalizing exchange plans for not auditing risk-adjustment program
Modern Healthcare

The Trump administration won’t penalize insurers for failing to verify the number of severely ill patients they’ve enrolled through the insurance exchanges.The Affordable Care Act established a risk-adjustment program that’s aimed at preventing insurers from cherry-picking the healthiest members. Instead, the goal is to spread the insurance risk. Companies that cover people with complex health conditions receive money from companies that have generally healthier members.

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Republicans flub defense of health care vote
POLITICO

House Republicans celebrated passing legislation to repeal Obamacare last week — but apparently forgot to figure out how to talk about the feat back home.

The result has been a messaging mess, as lawmakers returned to their districts for a weeklong recess to face furious Obamacare defenders. In interviews and at town halls packed with pro-Obamacare protesters, Republicans have struggled to explain the plan they just approved. Lawmakers are telling audiences conflicting things about how the bill would affect consumers.

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Universal health care bill in the works for California
Turlock Journal

While the rest of the country is either worried or ecstatic about the GOP’s proposed national health care plan, the California Legislature has taken matters into its own hands by introducing a measure that would provide statewide, government-run health care courtesy of a single-payer system. The Healthy California Act, or Senate Bill 562, recently passed the first step toward becoming law when the Senate Health Committee approved the measure.

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CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care
Kaiser Health News

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go into nursing homes.

Federal standards requiring states find ways of delivering care to Medicaid enrollees in home and community-based settings will take effect in 2022 instead of 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced this week.

The standards were set by an Obama administration rule adopted in 2014 that governs where more than 3 million Medicaid enrollees get care.

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CMS extends compliance date for Medicaid home care rule
Modern Healthcare

The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule that changed what states considered home and community-based settings. The rule is meant to encourage states to use Medicaid funds to keep the elderly and beneficiaries with physical or mental disabilities out of nursing homes.States had until March 17, 2019, to implement a federally approved plan that would meet the new setting requirements. After that, Medicaid could deny payments for ineligible settings.States want to keep beneficiaries who need long-term support services out of more expensive facilities.

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Gilead’s last chronic HIV drug — and what it plans to do now
San Francisco Business Times

Gilead Sciences Inc. — whose HIV-fighting drugs have helped to nearly triple the lives of people with the HIV virus and reduce the number of pills patients pop from 25 to one — expects this fall to ask government regulators to approve its final chronic HIV treatment.

But that’s not the end of the Foster City-based company’s journey with HIV patients, the company said. Instead, it will focus on drugs that act longer and, potentially, purge the AIDS virus.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield will offer customers free Lyft rides
CNN.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield wants you to make it to your doctor’s appointments — so much that it’s willing to pay for your Lyft.

The health care provider announced Wednesday that it will offer free Lyft rides to its plan holders who lack reliable transportation. They intend to roll the program out across the U.S. in both metropolitan and rural markets starting in August or September.

“The model couples BCBS technology with Lyft’s convenient ride-share services to reduce the number of missed appointments for non-emergency medical care in areas without optimal transportation alternatives servicing health care facilities,” BCBS said in a statement.

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Aetna bails on ACA exchanges
Modern Healthcare

National health insurer Aetna said Wednesday that it has exited all the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges for 2018.Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna announced it will stop selling individual insurance plans on and off the exchanges in Nebraska and Delaware in 2018, just weeks after pulling out of the exchanges in Iowa and Virginia.Aetna said it expects to lose $200 million on its individual plans this year. It insures just 255,000 members in the individual market. In 2016, the insurer said it lost $450 million and insured 964,000 members.

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Kaiser raises record $4.4 billion in white-hot hospital bond market
Modern Healthcare

Kaiser Permanente raised $4.4 billion through a series of three bond offerings this month.That’s a record for the Oakland, Calif.-based health plan and hospital giant, which plans to use the proceeds to fuel expansion, said Chief Financial Officer Kathy Lancaster.The aggregate interest rate on the A+-rated bonds was a stellar 3.8%.Kaiser Permanente investors ordered four to five times as many of the A+-rated bonds as were available, Kaiser Treasurer Tom Meier said. Overall, the bond market is white-hot for hospital debt offerings.

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Kaweah Delta to focus on mental health
Visialia Times-Delta

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in every five adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year.

Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital is bringing awareness to the severity of the illness with a Mental Health Building Bridges event.

“Mental illness is just as important as any other illness,” said April Ortiz, a registered nurse. “We want people to know it’s OK to seek help and [mental illness] can happen to anybody.”

According to NAMI, mental illness effects people in a variety of ways.

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Cedars-Sinai plans to partner with Calif. hospital
Modern Healthcare

Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles announced plans Wednesday to enter into an affiliation agreement with Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital. Under terms of the agreement, Cedars-Sinai and Torrance will collaborate on coordination of care and access to services. The affiliation will focus on increasing access to clinical trials and medical research as well as sharing resources. The proposed affiliation needs to be approved by state regulatory agencies and the review process is expected to take about six months.

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Cedars-Sinai and Torrance Memorial Form Partnership
Los Angeles Business Journal

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Torrance Memorial Medical Center are forming an affiliation to share facilities and resources, the two institutions announced Wednesday.

Under the proposed affiliation, each institution would retain its own board of directors and operate separately under their current respective chief executives, but they would both be placed under a new parent organization called Cedars-Sinai Health System.

The partnership is expected to allow for future collaborations in primary and specialty care, expanded access to clinical trials, and sharing of other medical re

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Simi hospital rebranding
The Acorn

After 51 years, Simi Valley Hospital is adopting a new identity: Adventist Health Simi Valley. The hospital unveiled its new name and logo during a recent employee launch event as part of a rebranding effort by the faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare network Adventist Health, which has 20 locations in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Jennifer Swenson, president/ CEO of the hospital at 2975 N. Sycamore Drive, said rebranding efforts for the network have been in the works “for a very long time.”

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Health bill concerns Shasta County leaders
Redding Record Searchlight

The American Health Care Act bill is on its way to the U.S. Senate, and although the final outcome is still in the air, Shasta County health, hospital and government leaders are voicing concerns on how the act would affect the local population. Two days before the bill made its way through the House of Representatives, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Rep.

 

Publication

CHA Health Care Coverage Report

Developed by CHA and intended to assist members in their advocacy, this brochure illustrates the vital role hospitals play in the nation’s complex health care system and includes helpful data such as the number of Californians now insured, poverty rates and hospitals’ economic impact on their communities.

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Roadmap to Creating a Health Care Work-Based Learning Program

In 2014-15, with support from the James Irvine Foundation, CHA partnered with hospitals, educators, funders and other experts to identify strategies for increasing the number of high-quality, health care work-based learning opportunities for California high school students. Health care as a whole is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 of the 30 fastest growing occupations are in the health sector.

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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.

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