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.

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CDC Announces First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that a patient receiving treatment in a Dallas, Texas, hospital is the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S. The patient arrived in the U.S. Sept. 20 from Liberia.

For the most recent information on this case and the Ebola virus, visit the CDC’s Ebola website, which includes a special section for health care workers.

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HHS Releases Rate Review Annual Report

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its Rate Review Annual Report for calendar year (CY) 2013, the third such report issued under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report is based on CY 2013 data submitted by states receiving rate review grants — supplemented by data that are available on these states’ websites — and state website data for several non-grantee states. The report uses an analysis of data from 40 states in the individual market and 37 states in the small group market to estimate the impact of the Rate Review Program and the Rate Review Grant Program on premiums in the individual and small group markets. It focuses on the impact of these two provisions under the ACA to assess trends in rate increases in the individual and small group markets. In addition, the report uses data from the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Program to estimate consumer savings resulting from these provisions of the ACA. 

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Governor Vetoes CHA’s Top Three Bills to Oppose

In a major legislative victory for California hospitals, Gov. Brown vetoed SB 1094 (Lara, D-Bell Gardens), AB 2616 (Skinner, D-Berkeley) and SB 455 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) Sept. 29 — one day prior to the Sept. 30 deadline for final action on state legislation.

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Multiple Counties Issue Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers
Sacramento County issues most recent order Sept. 24

The counties of Sacramento, Fresno, Marin, San Joaquin and Yolo have issued memorandums instituting mandatory influenza vaccination or masking of all health care workers in their respective counties during the influenza season, defined as Nov. 1 to March 31 of the following year. The most recent order released on Sept. 24 by Sacramento County is attached. Other county orders can be found on the CDPH website.

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CDPH Clarifies Fluoroscopy Permit Requirements

The California Department of Public Health has issued the attached notice clarifying fluoroscopy permit requirements for users and operators of fluoroscopic equipment. The notice provides details on spatial relationships, movement of equipment when it is not energized, movement during fluoroscopy, and movement of the patient during automatic exposure. Providers that use fluoroscopy should review the notice with their radiology technologists. 

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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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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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.