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CEO Message: COVID-19 Support Tops 2021 Advocacy Agenda

Tomorrow is the last day for California lawmakers to introduce bills during the 2021 legislative session and — despite the persistent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic — legislation has been piling up. Already, CHA is tracking some 300 bills and is actively engaged on many of them.   

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means new and different approaches to federal health policy as well. 

Every year, your association focuses on two things: Defending hospitals and the patients you serve from threats that impede how you best care for your communities and advancing ideas that enhance the care you provide. And our advocacy agenda includes more than legislation — it’s also our efforts to advocate on behalf of hospitals with regulators, the courts, the media, the public, and more. 

This year, we have six areas of focus

  • COVID-19: Continue to respond and support through regulatory flexibility, resource needs, and financial relief — along with rebuilding a stronger, resilient health care system — based on COVID-19’s lessons 

  • Seismic: Advance a remedy to adjust the timing and scope of the $100 billion 2030 mandate 

  • Insurance reform: Speed funds to hospitals by reducing the time to pay clean claims and stop abuse that delays medical record requests 

  • Behavioral health: Call for needed investment in this “second tsunami” — the mental health and substance use challenges made even worse by COVID-19 — and secure a leadership position within the administration to develop and fund a statewide improvement plan 

  • Affordability: Create an independent entity to analyze health care affordability and make recommendations for change to policy makers while opposing efforts to set aggregate spending targets and automatic payment penalties 

  • Integration: Educate stakeholders on the value of coordinated care and oppose increased regulation of health care mergers, partnerships, and affiliations  

Other issues — workers’ compensation presumptions, paid supplemental sick leave, and health information exchange, to name a few — have already popped up and demand attention. And the political landscape is highly fluid in both Washington, D.C., and  Sacramento. 

Amid all of this, there is a silver lining to COVID-19. Consistently during the pandemic, public polling has shown how much the public and your communities support and appreciate the work you do, with record-high favorability for hospitals, across political affiliations. This is an important foundation upon which to build our advocacy work, based on the invaluable, life-saving work you have demonstrated during the crisis and continue to perform. 

~ Carmela

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Finance

CHA News Article

DHCS Delays Implementation of Medi-Cal RX
For CFOs, pharmacy managers

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has decided to delay the full implementation of  Medi-Cal Rx, which was scheduled for April 1. The delay is due to the need to review new conflict avoidance protocols submitted by Magellan Health, the project’s contracted vendor.  

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Human Resources

CHA News Article

Cal/OSHA to Hold Hospital PPE Stockpile Advisory Meeting Tomorrow, Feb. 19
For CEOs, government relations executives, supply chain & materials management executives

On Feb. 19, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will convene a remote pre-rulemaking advisory meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PT) to seek stakeholder input on defining the term “normal consumption” as part of implementing Assembly Bill 2537. The new law requires hospitals to have a 90-day stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) by April 1, based on normal consumption. 

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Federal Advocacy

CHA News Article

AHA to Host Virtual Advocacy Event
For CEOs, government relations executives

The American Hospital Association (AHA) will host a virtual advocacy event for its members on Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. (PT) to share updates on COVID-19 relief legislation and vaccination developments. CHA encourages California hospitals that are AHA members to register for this important event.  

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Post-Acute Care

CHA News Article

CHA Comments on IRF Review Choice Demonstration
For IRF leaders, directors of reimbursement, compliance officers, health information managers

CHA has submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a new demonstration project for payment review for inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) services.  

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COVID-19

CHA News Article

CDPH Releases Updated Vaccine Allocation Guidelines
For CEOs, CNOs, COOs, CIOs, CMOs, and staff in government relations, human resources, licensing & certification, infection prevention, quality & patient safety, disaster readiness, employee safety

On Feb. 12, the California Department of Public Health again updated its COVID-19 vaccine allocation guidelines. This latest guidance announces that, beginning March 15, health care providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the “severe health conditions” specified in the department’s provider bulletin.  

CHA News Article

Updated California Hospital Survey Manual Now Available
For CFOs, compliance officers, in-house general counsel, licensing & certification staff, risk managers

CHA has released the 2021 edition of the California Hospital Survey Manual, which helps hospitals prepare for the survey process. Revamped to reflect current state and federal law, the manual details the survey process from start to finish, outlines tasks that must be done after the survey, and includes tips for achieving a successful survey.  

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Education

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CMS News Roundup

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