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

Department of Labor Summarizes 2016 Federal Parity Law Enforcement

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has released a fact sheet summarizing its actions during fiscal year 2016 to enforce the federal parity law. According to its report, EBSA closed 330 health investigations over the course of the year, including 191 involving plans that were reviewed for compliance with the law. Of that number, EBSA cited 44 violations for noncompliance; just over half of those violations related to the imposition of lower annual dollar limits.

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DHCS Releases Revised WPC Round 2 Applications

To assist those interested in participating in the second round of Whole Person Care (WPC) applications, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a revised general  application template and revised budget instructions. DHCS will host a webinar at 9:30 a.m. (PT) on Jan. 27 to discuss the revised second round WPC application, due March 1. The webinar will cover the application, budget and program requirements. During the webinar, DHCS will review and provide guidance on completing the application. 

DHCS has indicated that WPC lead entities that were approved in the first round of applications and are interested in expanding their WPC programs through participation in the second round will use a separate application process developed specifically for expansion instead of the new template. The WPC Second Round Application Process – Legacy Lead Entity Pilot Expansion Instructions provide more information.

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New Federal Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment Released
Now under consideration by California Access Program

This month, the federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board issued the attached final rule updating standards for medical diagnostic equipment. The new standards — which would impact examination tables and chairs, weight scales, mammography and other imaging equipment — would allow independent entry to, use of and exit from the equipment by individuals with disabilities, to the maximum extent possible. The federal standards do not impose requirements on health care providers or medical device manufacturers. However, access enforcement authorities, such as the California Division of the State Architect Access Compliance Program, may issue regulations or adopt policies that would require health care providers to acquire accessible medical diagnostic equipment that complies with these standards.

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Annual Hospital Compliance Seminar Begins in February
Participants receive free 2017 California Hospital Compliance Manual

CHA’s annual Hospital Compliance seminars will be held Feb. 15 in Sacramento and March 1 in Costa Mesa. This annual program is tailored for hospital compliance officers, in-house legal counsel, chief financial officers and anyone responsible for hospital-wide compliance with state and federal law. Attendees at this year’s program will receive the most recent updates on key compliance issues, including new state and federal observation notification requirements, updates on privacy and security of health information related to business associates, new Conditions of Participation for emergency preparedness, Office of Inspector General’s work plan, patient safety organizations, hot spots in compliance  and more. A special panel session of hospital compliance officers will examine persistent compliance issues and offer practical solutions.

Complimentary Manual
All attendees will receive a free copy of CHA’s 2017 California Hospital Compliance Manual. To view the full agenda or to register, visit

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Final Rule Updates Regulations for Federally Assisted Substance Use Disorder Programs

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published in the Federal Register a final rule updating and clarifying the confidentiality of patient information regulations. SAMHSA intended the regulatory update to reflect changes in the health care delivery system since 1987, when the current regulations were issued — particularly electronic health information exchange and whole-person care. The final rule is effective Feb. 17.

The provisions of the rule apply to federally assisted substance use disorder programs. A general medical facility must comply with the rule only if it has an identified unit that holds itself out as providing substance use disorder diagnosis, treatment or referral for treatment, or has staff whose primary function is the provision of substance use disorder diagnosis, treatment or referral for treatment, and are identified as such.


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. 

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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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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.

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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.