CEO Message

CEO Message: Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year

With the approaching holidays, many of us will have an opportunity to slow down, spend time with family, recharge – and reflect on the year that has passed and the one that is just around the corner.

As the leaders of your statewide and regional hospital associations, preparing to close out 2019, we find ourselves looking forward to 2020, energized by its challenges and buoyed by the promise of even greater collaboration with all of you.

We’ll carry forward the momentum of 2019, a year when we leveraged our greatest strength – our unity – like never before. We’re grateful for all you did to help us advance policies that protect patients, and we’re honored that you trust us to advocate on your behalf for solutions that help you meet your mission of care.

Thank you for your support, for the extraordinary care you deliver to patients, and for the enduring service you provide in your communities. We look forward to the new year and our work together to help improve care for all Californians.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season, and a healthy and rewarding New Year.

Carmela Coyle, President & CEO, California Hospital Association 

Bryan J. Bucklew, President & CEO, Hospital Council — Northern & Central California

George W. Greene, President/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California

Dimitrios Alexiou, President & CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

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Finance

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Coverage

CHA News Article

Federal Court Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional; CHA Denounces Decision
For CEOs

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court did not invalidate the entire law, but sent the case back to a Texas district court for a decision about whether other provisions can exist without the mandate. In response, CHA issued a media statement denouncing the ruling and reaffirming its support for the Affordable Care Act.

CHA News Article

Covered California Releases New Enrollment Data, Reports on Five Years of Progress
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations executives

Covered California this week released new data at the halfway point of its current open-enrollment period. As of Dec. 16, about 230,000 consumers had selected a plan, representing an increase of approximately 16% over the same time last year. In addition, more than 1 million people have renewed their plans for the upcoming year.

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Regulations

CHA News Article

CHA Comments on Proposed Changes to Anti-Kickback Rules
For CEOs, CFOs, chief legal counsel, government relations staff

CHA has submitted its comment letter in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) proposed rule to revise safe harbors under the anti-kickback statute (AKS) and civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules regarding beneficiary inducements. The proposed rule would create new safe harbors for value-based arrangements and patient engagement, and would expand other existing safe harbors.

CHA News Article

CDPH to Hold Meeting Jan. 10 on Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide Criminal Clearance Regulations
For COOs, human resource directors, licensing & certification staff

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will hold a stakeholder meeting Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. to discuss the development of certified nurse assistant and home health aide criminal clearance regulations. The department requests that participants be prepared to provide feedback on a set of questions specifically related to the regulations.

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Medi-Cal

CHA News Article

CHA Submits Comments on New DHCS Medi-Cal Innovation Proposal
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations executives

Yesterday, CHA submitted recommendations to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative proposal, the state’s multi-year initiative to redesign the Medi-Cal delivery system.

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Medicare

CHA News Article

CHA Comments on DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Surveys
For post-acute care staff, case managers

CHA has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to its request for comments on developing a stakeholder survey to strengthen the monitoring, outreach, and enforcement functions of the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

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Compliance

CHA News Article

Hospital Compliance Seminar Date Set, Registration Now Open
For CFOs, chief legal counsel

Registration for CHA’s annual Hospital Compliance Seminar is now open. The event will be held Feb. 13 in Sacramento and will also be live streamed, enabling attendees to join the seminar from the comfort of their office or conference room and invite colleagues to participate. The one-day seminar will review changes in state and federal law and provide insights to help protect hospitals and their staff.

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Quality & Patient Safety

CHA News Article

HQI Announces Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community
For CEOs, quality & patient safety staff, labor & delivery leaders, behavioral health leaders

California birthing hospitals are invited to participate in the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, aimed at helping hospitals strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. Download a program description and application, and register for an informational webinar on Jan. 15, 2020.

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HHS News Roundup

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Association News

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CHA News Takes a Winter Break

CHA News will not be published for the remainder of December but will resume a regular publishing schedule Jan.3. 

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Education

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