CEO Message

CEO Message: Hospitals Do Not Look Away

Every day, a small army of women and men rise to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of Californians — many of them children, seniors, veterans, or those experiencing mental health and substance use disorders — who live on the streets of our cities and towns.

This army does not bear weapons or ride in tanks. Instead, they are people who work at hospitals: social workers, case managers, nurses, doctors, and more. And they are on the front lines of the fight to care for those with the greatest needs — those who don’t know where they will sleep or when their next meal will be.

As your association, being successful in our work relies on being able to show the importance of yours.

That’s why I’m proud to share the launch of a new project about homelessness, where we are sharing four stories from hospitals throughout the state that invite readers to learn about the quiet, compassionate, and perpetual care that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

This compilation of stories, photos, statistics, and videos, called our “Homeless Guardians” series, is a powerful, compelling glimpse into the lives of hospital workers whose mission is to help those with the most complex challenges, those whom others might cast aside.

The people who choose to work at hospitals also choose, purposefully, to not look the other way. Instead, they turn their time and their lives toward the people who are often cast aside, to those who need their care the most.

For this, they deserve our gratitude and admiration.

I hope you’ll show them that their work matters to you by taking a few minutes to read their stories.

They get at the heart of why California’s hospitals will forever be special places in their communities.

– Carmela

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Emergency Preparedness

CHA News Article

CHA and Member Hospitals Testify at Legislative Hearing on Hospital Seismic Safety

The Assembly and Senate Health Committees held a joint informational hearing Jan. 28 about hospital seismic safety and the 2030 requirement to be fully operational after an earthquake event. The hearing provided an opportunity to raise awareness among lawmakers about the 2030 mandate for hospitals, as well as for CHA and representatives from hospitals in different parts of the state to testify about hospital preparedness and the impact of the 2030 requirement.

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CHA News Article

CHA Comments on Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Proposed Rule, Hospitals Encouraged to Comment
For CEOs, CFOs, chief legal counsel, government relations executives, finance staff

Today, CHA submitted comments on the Medicaid fiscal accountability proposed rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CHA thanks members for their input, which helped inform our comments, and for taking time to submit individual comment letters. There is still time to submit letters, which must be received by 2 p.m. (PT) tomorrow.

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Non-CEO Message

Gary K. Wilde to Lead CHA as 2020 Board Chair

Gary K. Wilde, President & CEO of Community Memorial Health System in Ventura County, has been elected 2020 Chair of CHA’s Board of Trustees. In his role as CHA board Chair, Wilde will help guide the association in advancing policies that ensure California hospitals can continue to provide vital health care services to their communities. See CHA’s news release and a video message from Wilde about his appointment.

CHA News Article

CMS Announces Medicaid Block Grant Demonstration
For CEOs, CFOs, chief legal counsel, government relations executives, finance staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance to state Medicaid directors announcing a new demonstration called the Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative. It would allow states to operate their program within a defined budget target – set on either total expenses or per-enrollee basis – commonly known as “block grants.”

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Quality & Patient Safety

CHA News Article

CMS Updates Overall Hospital Star Ratings
For COOs, quality & patient safety staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updates to its Hospital Compare website on Jan. 29, including overall hospital quality star ratings.

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CHA News Article

Governor Appoints New Department of Health Care Services Director
For CEOs, government relations executives

Gov. Newsom announced yesterday that he has appointed Brad Gilbert of Irvine as director of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Gilbert replaces Richard Figueroa, who has been serving as acting director pending the Governor’s permanent appointment.

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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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HHS News Roundup

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CHA Education Events

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