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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CMS Seeks Comments on Potential Patient Engagement Initiatives
Plans to test new models that encourage beneficiary engagement, work toward Triple Aim

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a request for information (RFI) to solicit ideas regarding potential patient engagement initiatives. The RFI seeks responses from clinicians, clinician practices, health care institutions, Medicaid/CHIP agencies, external quality review organizations, quality improvement organizations, advocacy organizations, health plans, employers, purchasers, consumers, research and policy groups, external quality review organizations, community-based providers and other members of the public about how to improve engagement of CMS beneficiaries in health care in order to generate better care and better health at lower costs.

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CBRN Releases 2013 Survey of Nurses’ Educational Experiences

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has released its 2013 Survey of Nurses’ Educational Experiences. The survey attempts to determine California nurses’ obstacles to and propensity for seeking further education after licensure. Concluding that California’s RN population is “well-educated,” the survey found that more than 36 percent of California nurses have completed at least one post-licensure degree. Approximately 7.4 percent of employed RNs are currently enrolled in post-licensure programs. The survey was sent to 2,500 active Californian RNs and received 1,291 responses for a 52.9 percent response rate. For more details on the survey results, see the full BRN survey, attached.

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Webinar to Cover Privacy Laws for Patients With Mental Health, Substance Use Issues
Program is two weeks away; register online now

CHA will host a webinar Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon (PT) to help providers understand the numerous and complicated laws governing privacy for patients with mental health and substance use disorders.

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CMS Instructs MACs to Resume Claims Payments to RHCs for Certain Preventive Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to stop denying claims for certain preventive services that had previously been paid when they were the only services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers. CMS has instructed the MACs to resume payment of the claims, which MACs have been denying since Jan. 1. For more information about RHC payments for preventive services, visit the CMS Rural Health Clinics Center.

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Annual Recertification Process for Hospital 340B Eligibility Deadline Sept. 10

Hospitals have until Sept. 10 to complete the annual recertification process for 340B program eligibility. All hospitals with an active 340B ID as of July 1 and without a future termination date are required to recertify and will be removed from the 340B program if they do not complete the process. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has notified hospitals’ authorizing officials of their user names and passwords, allowing for login to the 340B database to complete the recertification process. Hospitals will also need to decertify sites that have closed or that are not eligible to participate in the program. HRSA’s June webinar on recertification is available for replay, and questions about registration and recertification can be directed to (888) 340-2787 or

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.  

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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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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

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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.