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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 Clarifies Review of Claims Impacted by Temporary Suspension
Reviews to be limited to a six-month look-back period

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a temporary suspension of reviews of claims spanning less than two midnights by quality improvement organizations (QIOs), with the intent to improve program standardization. CMS has now clarified the instructions for medical review of claims affected by this suspension, and intends to limit these reviews to a six-month look-back period from the date of admission.

CHA News Article

Vanguard Award Applications Due by Aug. 12
Hospitals encouraged to showcase their work

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) is accepting hospital applications for the inaugural cycle of its Vanguard Award through Aug. 12.  All member hospitals are invited to apply.

The award recognizes excellence in California hospitals that have produced sustainable performance improvement in one or more of the three core topical areas: patient safety, quality improvement and experience.  A distinguished panel of judges has been assembled to evaluate the merits of submitted applications. 

CHA News Article

The Joint Commission Makes Major Changes to Plans for Improvement
Hospitals should correct deficiencies as soon as possible

Starting Aug. 1, The Joint Commission (TJC) will no longer accept plans for improvement for its Life Safety requirements. All life safety deficiencies identified by TJC must be corrected within 60 days; hospitals should work to correct these deficiencies as soon as possible because many California building requirements take longer than 60 days to complete. In some cases, hospitals may be eligible for a waiver through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regional offices. To help expedite the state approval process for hospitals, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) will offer field review or rapid review. If necessary, OSHPD deputy division chiefs — Chris Tokas, Northern California or Gordon Oakley, Southern California —will work to assist hospitals. Hospitals in need of assistance should contact the OSHPD FDD administrative office at (916) 440-8381. For questions related to this change, contact TJC Department of Engineering at (630) 792-5900

CHA News Article

New Nondiscrimination Policies in Effect
Providers must ensure compliance with new federal and state regulations

General acute care hospitals are now required to send their local CDPH district office a copy of their interpreter services policies and a description of their efforts to ensure adequate and speedy communication between patients with language or communication barriers and staff.

CHA News Article

Membership Directory Profiles 400 California Hospitals and Leadership Teams

The 2016 Membership Directory, a publication of CHA and the Regional Associations, is a great tool for connecting with colleagues and expanding industry relationships. The Membership Directory provides contact information on more than 6,500 top management staff members as well as important data for each member hospital, such as licensed beds by category and ownership information.

This comprehensive directory contains information on more than 400 member hospitals and health care systems, representing 95 percent of California’s patient beds. The directory also lists the leadership teams and boards of directors for CHA and its policy centers, the Regional Associations and the Hospital Quality Institute. It also includes the Associations’ federal, state and regional priorities.

Copies of the Membership Directory may be purchased at www.calhospital.org/directory.

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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’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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Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards
The New York Times

A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law.

The court struck down a rule issued by the Obama administration that barred the sale of such insurance as a separate stand-alone product.

“Disagreeing with Congress’s expressly codified policy choices isn’t a luxury administrative agencies enjoy,” the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said on Friday in a decision that criticized “administrative overreach” by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Sanofi teams with U.S. military on Zika vaccine development
Chicago Tribune

Sanofi will partner with the U.S Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to develop a Zika vaccine candidate using an inactivated version of the virus.

Walter Reed, a military biomedical research institute within the Department of Defense, will transfer its purified inactivated virus vaccine technology to Sanofi’s vaccines division. The Paris-based drugmaker will be responsible for handling human trials, improving production yields, and creating a clinical and regulatory strategy, according to a statement Wednesday.

Sanofi is the only major pharmaceutical company that has been actively pushing to develop a vaccine for Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across the Americas and is a major threat mainly to pregnant women, as it can trigger severe birth defects. The partnership will open the door for a broader collaboration with the U.S. government, Sanofi said.

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Apple Urges Organ Donation via New iPhone Software
NBC News

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes.

CEO Tim Cook says he hopes the new software, set for limited release this month, will help ease a critical and longstanding donor shortage. He said the problem hit home when his friend and former boss, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, endured an “excruciating” wait for a liver transplant in 2009.

“Watching and seeing him every day, waiting and not knowing — it stuck with me and left an impression that I’ll never forget,” Cook told The Associated Press. Cook was so concerned that he offered to donate part of his own liver, although Jobs refused.

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Why Providence St. Joseph will spend $100 million on mental health care
Los Angeles Daily News

The newly formed Providence St. Joseph Health, which on Friday became the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, announced a $100 million mental health initiative on Tuesday.

The Institute for Mental Health and Wellness will serve residents in the seven states where Irvine-based St. Joseph Health and Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services own a combined 50 hospitals.

When the state Attorney General’s Office signed off on the merger last month, it included a condition that the new entity invest $30 million in mental health services for Californians.

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Insurers raking in multimillion-dollar health care law reimbursements
Business Insurance

Some insurers are receiving a massive payday from a government reinsurance program meant to help stabilize premiums and protect insurers from losses under the health care law. The government will pay out $7.8 billion in reimbursements to 497 health insurers under the transitional reinsurance program, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Objection to Health Care Reform ‘Fix’ Nixed
Courthouse News Service

The D.C. Circuit upheld the president’s decision to allow a transitional period in which insurers can continue polices not in compliance with the federal health care law. Except for certain “grandfathered policies,” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act initially included a requirement for individual health insurance plans to comply with eight market criteria if they began or faced renewal after Jan. 1, 2014. The D.C.

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Building a Culture of Health Includes Payment Change
The Health Care Blog

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is striving to build a Culture of Health in this country where everyone has an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, no matter where they live, learn, work, and play. To get there, we need to make sure that everyone is getting the high quality, affordable care they want and need whether this care is provided inside or outside the health care system. Right now in the U.S., we spend a lot of money on health care, especially as compared to other countries, but we don’t have the outcomes to show for it.

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CMS + MIPS/APM = Death of the Private Practice Physician
The Health Care Blog

Small, independent private practices are closing, increasing numbers of physicians are retiring early, and fewer medical school graduates are choosing primary care. The old-fashioned practice my father and I have built is a dying entity. Parents say coming to see us for an appointment feels more like a visit with a friend than a medical encounter. I am fighting for the subsistence of rural primary care practices. Most will not survive MACRA proposed changes to the reimbursement structure.

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Medicaid plans can now pay mental health institutions. Most won’t until 2017
Modern Healthcare

A policy that lifts a 50-year ban on Medicaid pay for mental health institutions kicked in Tuesday, but it may be months before many enrollees can take advantage of the new coverage.

Since the creation of Medicaid in 1965, the program has excluded payment for institutions of mental disease (IMDs) for beneficiaries 21 and over. Most residential treatment facilities for mental health and substance-use disorders with more than 16 beds did not qualify for Medicaid reimbursement.

At the time Medicaid was created, states were responsible for the care of people with severe mental illness and the federal government did not want to supplant the state funding with federal Medicaid dollars.

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If You Want To Spend A Bundle On Your Bundle Of Joy, Go To Northern California
Kaiser Health News

Everyone knows that real estate is no bargain in Northern California. It turns out that giving birth ain’t cheap either. New research on the cost of childbirth in the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas ranks Sacramento and San Francisco as the two most expensive for both vaginal delivery and Cesarean sections. Sacramento is No. 1, San Francisco No. 2. The study, based on private health insurance claims from this year and other data, shows the totals actually paid for childbirth by employees and employers.

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Pfizer agrees to truth in opioid marketing
Washington Post

Pfizer, the world’s second- ­largest drug company, has agreed to a written code of conduct for the marketing of opioids that some officials hope will set a standard for manufacturers of narcotics and help curb the use of the addictive painkillers.

Though Pfizer does not sell many opioids compared with other industry leaders, its action sets it apart from companies that have been accused of fueling an epidemic of opioid misuse through aggressive marketing of their products.

 

CHA News Article

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.

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.

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