CEO Message

CEO Message: All the ‘Other’ Important Things

Coronavirus continues to spread quickly throughout the nation, and the death toll from the virus is rising. Those who work in health care and at our hospitals are truly heroes, stepping up in a way that deserves our gratitude and admiration. 

Life in hospitals right now is volatile and hectic, as other segments of life seemed to have slowed down: auto manufacturers have closed plants; conference calls rather than meetings are the order of the day; the state Legislature is on hiatus until at least April 13.  

Like all of you, we too are focused on coronavirus — supporting hospitals with advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Statewide, the emphasis now is on the push for capacity in space, human resources, equipment, and more to handle the expected influx of patients.

On the federal side, our push is for financial relief and resources, so you and your teams have the staff, equipment, and physical space to get the job done.  

Despite the pause in the state legislative calendar, we’re still working through bill language and sharing feedback and comments on legislation that will impact all of your organizations once we all get through the current crisis. Work on reforming seismic regulations and the surprise billing issue, and providing input on the Governor’s Office of Health Care Affordability, cannot stop in spite of the ongoing challenges. 

For those who are strained by the pressure from this pandemic (and I think that applies to many of us), I’d like to offer this thought: in some ways, the steady work that we do that’s separate and apart from coronavirus — paying vendors, facility maintenance, advocating on other issues — is comforting, because it signals a shared understanding that there will be a point when things start to return to normal. 

We are preparing and working for a life that exists after coronavirus subsides, and that’s something we can all look forward to. For now, we will focus on just one thing — caring for the patient in front of us who needs us now more than ever. We’re here for you and your teams during times of crisis and afterward, when life begins its slow return to normal. 

- Carmela

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Finance

CHA News Article

DHCS Issues Invoices for 2019-21 Hospital Fee Program
For CFOs

The Department of Health Care Services has sent hospitals invoices covering the first four fee-for-service cycles of the 2019-21 Hospital Fee Program. The first invoice has a due date of April 29 and covers July 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2019. Hospitals will receive the first fee-for service payment on May 18. CHA will distribute the estimated implementation schedules for the 2019-21 Hospital Fee Program this week.

CHA News Article

DHCS Releases Hospital-Directed Payment Encounter Data File
For CFOs

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released three new hospital-directed payment data sets, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site (the site is only intended for file transfers, and uploaded files will be deleted within 45 days).

CHA News Article

Applications Due March 30 for Children’s Hospital Program
For CFOs

The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) reminds eligible hospitals (public or private nonprofit) that provide pediatric services to children eligible for the California Children’s Services program, of the deadline to apply for the first funding round of the Children’s Hospital Program of 2018. Applications must be received by CHFFA by 5 p.m. (PT) on March 30.

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Federal Advocacy

CHA News Article

CHA Requests Federal Assistance from Congress; OHC Activated to Help Advocate for Critical Funds for State
For CEOs, government relations executives

Last week, CHA sent a letter to the California congressional delegation asking for immediate federal assistance to counter the threats hospitals are facing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Emergency Preparedness

CHA News Article

CHA Provides Ongoing COVID-19 Updates
For CEOs, CMOs, CNOs, COOs, infection preventionists, disaster preparedness staff

To support hospitals and health systems as they continue to care for patients potentially diagnosed with COVID-19 and significantly surge their capacity in the coming weeks, CHA has created the Coronavirus Response web page as a repository of information. It features updates and guidance in an FAQ format, as well as a comprehensive list of state and federal waivers, flexes, and enforcement discretions; information on resource requests; details about Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement; and more. 

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CMS News Roundup

CHA News Article

Updates for the Week of March 23
For finance & reimbursement, quality & patient safety, and post-acute care staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the following information:

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Education

Publication

CHA Education Events

For more information about CHA education programs, visit www.calhospital.org/education.

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