CEO Message

CEO Message: Caring for All Californians in All Ways

Earlier this week, CHA testified before the Legislature in two separate hearings about the proposed state Office of Health Care Affordability, part of Gov. Newsom’s plan to rein in health care costs.

This is a valuable opportunity to bring hospitals’ voice to a conversation that could remake the way health care is delivered and paid for in California for decades to come. With such massive change in the balance, it’s vital that we ensure policy makers and other stakeholders know three things:

  • Affordability is a key component of hospitals’ unwavering commitment to care for all Californians in all ways. Health care is among our most basic needs, yet for millions in our state the rising cost of care has made it difficult to access the services they need.
  • This work is highly complex and to successfully make care more affordable demands equal responsibility and engagement from all segments of the health care field, including providers, insurers, drug makers, medical device suppliers, labor, and others.
  • Any efforts to reduce costs cannot jeopardize people’s ability to get high-quality care when and where they need it.

That’s why we support the concept of an Office of Health Care Affordability. This new mechanism is a far better approach than the alternatives – hospital rate setting or a single-payer system in California.

As the Legislature and Governor’s administration continue to structure and strategize for the new Office of Health Care Affordability, we’re in the mix, urging them to establish — from the outset — processes and systems that will help successfully achieve this monumental undertaking and steer clear of unintended consequences. If we don’t get this right, it will be our patients, our employees, and our communities that suffer.

Hospitals are committed to doing our part. We look forward to working with policy leaders to develop the appropriate structure for this office so the needs of all Californians can be met.

– Carmela

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Emergency Preparedness

CHA News Article

President Trump Declares National Emergency
For CEOs, government relations executives

President Trump today declared a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration is retroactive to March 1 and allows the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, state Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy rule throughout the duration of the emergency. Details of the waiver under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act are not yet available, although during the President’s press conference, he mentioned expanding telehealth; waiving the critical access hospital bed limit and length-of-stay requirement; and waiving the requirement for a three-day hospital stay prior to reimbursing skilled-nursing facility services.

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Federal Advocacy

CHA News Article

CHA Sends Letter to Congressional Delegation on Coronavirus Response
For CEOs, government relations executives

Yesterday, CHA sent a letter to the California congressional delegation asking for immediate action in support of the response to COVID-19 by member hospitals and health systems.

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Education

CHA News Article

CDPH to Hold Stakeholder Meeting on Cardiac Catheterization Lab Services
For COOs, licensing & certification staff

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Health Care Quality has issued an All Facilities Letter (AFL) for a stakeholder meeting April 3. The meeting will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1500 Capitol Ave., Training Room A, Sacramento to discuss general acute care hospital (GACH) cardiac catheterization laboratory service regulations.

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Legislation

CHA News Article For Members

CHA Posts Legislative Update

As CHA continues to work on its legislative agenda, an update on bills currently being tracked on behalf of hospitals is available in our Legislative Update.

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CMS News Roundup

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Education

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CHA Education Events

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

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