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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 to Hold Forum on Home Health Documentation Tool April 22

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a special open door forum (ODF) conference call April 22 for physicians and others to provide feedback on clinical data elements CMS suggests incorporating into an electronic template for home health.

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AHA Extends Deadline for RAC Survey to April 25
Data to support CHA and AHA efforts to improve RAC program

Because hospital input is essential this quarter in illustrating the impact recovery audit contractors (RACs) have on California hospitals, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has extended its RACTrac survey deadline from April 18 to April 25.

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Adults With Major Depressive Episodes Often Don’t Consult a Professional

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 38.3 percent of the 15.2 million American adults who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year did not talk to a health provider or an alternative service provider.

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Covered California, DHCS Announce Data for First Open Enrollment Period
More than 3 million Californians enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans or Medi-Cal by April 15

Covered California announced that more than 3 million Californians enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans or in Medi-Cal by April 15, with 1,395,929 enrolling into Covered California health plans.

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OSHPD to Offer Workshop on Hospital Construction Projects

California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) has announced it will conduct another workshop on successful hospital construction projects May 30 in Sacramento.

News Release

CHA Opposes AB 503; Legislation Would Cripple Critical Health Care Services, Conflicts with ACA
Nearly Identical bill, AB 975, Was Soundly Defeated 28-38 by Assembly in 2013

(SACRAMENTO – March 17, 2014) –  The California Hospital Association (CHA) today announced its opposition to AB 503 (Wieckowski/Bonta).  The bill is nearly identical to 2013’s AB 975, which was debated and soundly defeated in the Assembly last year.  It is an unreasonable and costly attempt to redefine charity care for all hospitals, and community benefit standards of nonprofit hospitals in California.  The bill would negatively impact the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would result in cuts to a wide variety of community health care services.

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Cottage Health System CEO Commended for Commitment to Medi-Cal Program
Award of Merit Recognizes Extraordinary Contributions to Health Care Community

SACRAMENTO (January 29, 2014) – The California Hospital Association (CHA) has awarded the 2013 Award of Merit to Ronald C. Werft, President/CEO of Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara. The Award of Merit is CHA’s highest honor and is given to a CHA member for outstanding contribution to the California health care community.

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Former Newspaper Editor Commended for Efforts to Eradicate Hepatitis B
Certificate of Distinction Presented in Acknowledgement of Exemplary Service

SACRAMENTO (January 29, 2014) – The California Hospital Association (CHA) has awarded a Certificate of Distinction to Ted Fang, co-founder of all California Hep-B Free Campaigns, which began in San Francisco and grew to include Alameda, Santa Clara, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The Award of Distinction is given in recognition of exemplary performance on behalf of the health care community in California through a devotion of the highest order to voluntary duties.

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Skilled-Nursing Administrator Recognized for Dedication to Patient Care
Certificate of Distinction Presented in Acknowledgement of Exemplary Service

SACRAMENTO (January 29, 2014) – The California Hospital Association (CHA) has awarded a Certificate of Distinction to Steven Gold, MHA, administrator at Hale Nane Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Honolulu and former chief officer for post-acute services at Palomar Health in San Diego County. The Certificate of Distinction is given in recognition of exemplary performance on behalf of the health care community in California through a devotion of the highest order to voluntary duties.

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Public Hospital Champion Applauded for Efforts
Leadership in Governance Award Recognizes Driving Force Behind Measure M Opposition

SACRAMENTO (January 29, 2014) – The California Hospital Association (CHA) has awarded the 2013 Leadership in Governance Award to David Reeder, an elected member of the El Camino Healthcare District (ECHD) board of directors in Mountain View. This award recognizes elected or appointed officials who have met the increasing challenges of health care organizations; have shown an outstanding commitment to their communities; and have exhibited leadership, strategic planning and support to the hospital or system.

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2014 Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare
Modern Healthcare

Read how we selected these talented leaders for our fifth biennial list. And learn more about diversity in healthcare leadership in our profile of Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean, a podcast interview with Dean and an analysis of how far hospitals have to go to achieve diversity on their boards. Learn more about our recognition program.

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Report: California Lacks Psychiatric Beds for Severely Mentally Ill
California Health Report

Jails and prisons are the largest “mental institutions” in California, holding far more people with severe psychiatric illnesses than state hospitals, according to a report released last Tuesday by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

“For a state with 38 million people — 1 in every 8 Americans lives in California —there are almost no public psychiatric beds available for individuals with serious mental illness,” the report states.

There are a total of 4,652 beds at Metropolitan, Patton, Napa, and Atascadero state hospitals, but 88 percent of them are reserved for mentally ill individuals who have been charged with crimes, according to the report. Another state hospital at Coalinga, the report says, is used almost exclusively for sexually violent predators.

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Providers Lag as Healthcare Consumers Set Agenda
Health Leaders Media

Healthcare consumers appear willing to dump the doctor’s office for cheaper and more convenient retail and remote alternatives that could amount to tens of billions of dollars in lost revenues for traditional providers if they fail to adapt, according to a report from PwC’s Health Research Institute.

Despite controlling nearly 20% of the economy, traditional healthcare is years if not decades behind other industries when it comes to adopting a business model and technologies that assess and meet consumer needs.

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Health IT: The Coming Regulation
The Health Care Blog

The Food and Drug Administration has spent decades refining its processes for approving drugs and devices (and is still refining them), so what would happen if they extended their scope to the exploding health software industry? The FDA, and its parent organization, the Department of Health and Human Services, are facing an unpleasant and politically difficult choice.

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Obamacare costs less than expected, but there’s a catch
Sacramento Business Journal

Obamacare’s insurance coverage provisions will cost the federal government about $36 billion this year, $5 billion less than the Congressional Budget Office projected back in February.

That’s mainly because health insurance premiums in the exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act came in less than expected, according to Monday’s update from the CBO. That’s good for the individuals who purchased plans from these exchanges, but it’s really good for taxpayers, because they’re the ones who are footing much of the bill for this coverage.

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What a Physician-Led ACO Can Teach Us about Getting It Right
The Health Care Blog

Several of the provisions included within the Affordable Care Act in 2011 designate Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as formal, contractual entities.

However, in the real world ACOs come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

When compared to larger, hospital-sponsored ACOs, rural and small physician-led ACOs face a tough challenge, because despite limited resources they need to come up with substantial upfront capital and infrastructure investment to establish a strong ACO foundation.

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Obamacare: Tuesday midnight deadline looms for last-minute health care applicants
Vallejo Times-Herald

That ticking sound you’re hearing isn’t just the clock counting down to today’s deadline to file your taxes.

Californians who started but were unable to finish their applications for a health care plan by the original March 31 open enrollment deadline have until midnight today to complete the process.

“People have had since October to enroll. These are the final hours,” said Larry Hicks, a spokesman for Covered California, the state’s health care exchange.

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Clinics Wait For More Patients in Obamacare Wake

St. James Health Center is ready for the onslaught.

The community health clinic, one of the busiest in San Jose, sits on the corner of 2nd and Julian streets near downtown. Doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other health-care providers here treat some of the poorest patients in Santa Clara County — patients whom many expect to have newly-minted health insurance this year as the federal Affordable Care Act kicks in.

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Deadline Tuesday: Final Days to Enroll for 2014 Health Insurance
KQED Radio

Time’s up.

After various extensions, the deadline to finish signing up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act is here. People have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to complete their applications. Dana Howard from the state marketplace Covered California says the deadline is real. There will be no more grace periods for people who encounter long lines or technical difficulties on the website. There will be no special dispensation this time for people who wait until the last minute.

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Final Covered California Deadline is Midnight on April 15

The deadline to complete the application process for Covered California is tomorrow.

If you started the process by March 31, you now need to complete it by tomorrow or face a penalty.

Covered California spokesman Dana Howard says the time to act is now.

“At 11:59 p.m. on April 15, that will be the last absolute minute that you can complete an application that you started before March 31 for enrolling in a Covered California health plan,” Howard said.

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California measles cases rise to 56; only 4 at same time last year
Southern California Public Radio

California has reported 56 cases of measles this year, after officials from the California Department of Public Health confirmed five more cases of measles this week. Among the new cases, two were intentionally unvaccinated and one had appropriate vaccination.

There were only four cases in the state at the same time last year. Only one of the newly reported cases is in Southern California. Orange County officials increased the tally there to 22. The man contracted the disease locally, according to a county spokeswoman.

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Nursing home care in Sacramento costs well above median
Sacramento Business Journal

The cost of long-term care in California in 2014 is higher than the national median. Some of the costs in the Sacramento region are higher yet. The annual cost of a private room in a Sacramento-area nursing home now tops $116,000, well above the state median of $104,000 and national median of $87,600. A semi-private room tops $92,500 in Sacramento, $88,800 in California and $77,300 nationwide.

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L.A. health care consultancy expands to Texas
Los Angeles Business Journal

Precision Health Economics, a health care economics and policy consultancy, is expanding to Austin where it plans to open its fifth location.

The Austin office will house research and executive administrative functions, though employees at the company can work in any of its offices, the company said in a statement. A company spokeswoman told Austin Business Journal that it expects to hire 10-15 employees within a year, with room on site to grow.

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Foes of Palm Drive closure pledge public action to keep hospital open
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Supporters of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol said Monday they’ll do everything possible to keep the cash-strapped facility open — even if requires civil disobedience in the form of a physician takeover of the hospital’s emergency room.

That was the promise made by Dr. Jim Gude, director of Palm Drive’s intensive care unit, at an evening public forum at Community Church in Sebastopol.

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Merced project seeks health coverage for all uninsured
Merced Sun-Star

Almost 21 years ago, Adriana Flores left her hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico, to relocate to Livingston with her husband and 10-month-old son. Since then, Flores has not visited a doctor or sought any type of preventive health care service simply because she can’t afford it.

Flores, 41, now lives in Merced and is one of the 8,750 undocumented immigrants in the city who do not qualify for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA excluded undocumented immigrants from insurance coverage provided through Medi-Cal and the health care exchange.

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Health care consulting company Hubbert Systems sells
Sacramento Business Journal

A Sacramento consulting firm specializing in health care technology integration for large public programs, Hubbert Systems Consulting, has been acquired. Boston-based Public Consulting Group announced the acquisition of Hubbert on Monday. Terms of the deal were not released. Public Consulting Group president Bill Moskakowski said Hubbert’s reputation was “built upon over 20 years of delivering quality results to its clients in the public sector and together with PCG, we will continue that mission.”


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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

News Release

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.  

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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.