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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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Report Examines Public Versus Private Health Care Expenditures in California

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has released a policy brief that examines public versus private health care expenditures in California. The report framework includes four major publicly funded payment categories: 1) payments for public health insurance programs (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid); 2) government payments for health insurance coverage for public employees; 3) tax subsidies for both employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace exchange for individuals with incomes between 139 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL); and (4) county health care expenditures. In California, personal health care expenditures are estimated to total more than $367 billion in 2016, with approximately 71 percent of these expenditures paid for with public funds.

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Medicare Advantage Premiums to Remain Stable in 2017
Enrollment expected to increase

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday that 2017 Medicare Advantage premiums will remain stable in 2017, while enrollment is projected to increase to an all-time high. CMS estimates that the average Medicare Advantage monthly premium will decrease by $1.19 (about 4 percent) in 2017, from $32.59 on average in 2016 to $31.40. That premium is also 13 percent lower than the average Medicare Advantage premium prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act. The majority of Medicare Advantage enrollees (67 percent) will experience no premium increase.

Enrollment is projected to increase to 18.5 million enrollees next year, a 60 percent increase from 2010. CMS also released data on prescription drug pricing under the Affordable Care Act. Since the law’s enactment through July 2016, more than 11 million seniors and people with disabilities have received savings and discounts in the coverage gap of over $23.5 billion on prescription drugs — an average of $2,127 per beneficiary.

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Comparison of Presidential Candidates’ Health Plans Available
Includes financial impact analysis from RAND

The Commonwealth Fund today released a report analyzing Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s proposed approaches to health care policy. In addition to outlining the key characteristics of each approach, the report includes RAND’s estimated impact of selected proposals on coverage, average out-of-pocket costs and the federal deficit for 2018. A key difference between the two approaches is whether to maintain the Affordable Care Act, as Hillary Clinton proposes, or repeal the law, as would Donald Trump. Trump would also require price transparency from providers, allowing people to shop for the best price on medical services, and would seek to eliminate fraud and waste. While Clinton also proposes greater price transparency, her proposed reforms would also expand value-based delivery system reform and broaden the scope of providers and services eligible for telehealth payment. Clinton would also repeal the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer health plans. Trump proposes to fund Medicaid through block grants to states with fixed amounts, whereas Clinton proposes to match 100 percent of costs for enrollees who qualify under the Medicaid expansion for the first three years, regardless of start date.

CHA News Article

CJR Episode Payment Model Training Is Oct. 25 in Los Angeles
Discount deadline for sleeping rooms is Monday, Sept. 26

CHA has developed a seminar to help participating hospitals and their staff understand the clinical and financial risks associated with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program. Implementing CJR —Strategies for Success will be held on Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Los Angeles.

The nationwide mandatory episode payment model, which took effect April 1, impacts 135 California hospitals in three metropolitan service areas. The Implementing CJR—Strategies for Success seminar will provide participants with the knowledge needed to manage patient care, foster physician alignment and develop effective partnerships with post-acute care providers. The program features state and national faculty, each with an area of expertise in episode care payment models. Session topics include: CJR program overview; using data to identify opportunities and risks; creating or strengthening your post-acute care strategy; legal considerations including collaborator agreements, gainsharing and program waivers; and planning for CJR implementation in your facility.

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Federal Report Examines Key National Indicators of Children’s Well-Being

A new report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics tracks 41 indicators of child well-being in seven domains: behavior, including alcohol and drug use; health, including adolescent depression; family and social environment; economic circumstances; physical environment and safety; and education. The report, which compiles data from 23 federal agencies, examines conditions and trends related to child and family well-being. Among its findings, the forum notes that the 2015 rate of binge drinking among 10th-12th graders was the lowest since the survey began tracking this statistic in 1980.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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