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CEO Message: Inspiration from Preparation

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

If some of the epidemiological models are right, California is projected to see a major surge of coronavirus patients in about a week.

The precise volume varies, depending on which factors, like the effectiveness of social distancing, are plugged into the algorithm. And if you spend enough time with the data, things can start to feel bleak, because this challenge is unlike any we’ve faced before.

California’s hospitals have cared for the ill and injured through all manner of disasters. But this one has the potential to be different – not only because it is projected to be statewide and nationwide, but also because so many people will need the exact same treatment at the exact same time.

This is why, over the past couple of weeks, we’ve all been in overdrive – converting space to make room for more beds, allocating protective equipment based on risk factors to ensure an adequate supply for the long haul, securing state and federal waivers so you can operate with all the flexibility you need.

All of this while many hospitals are struggling with cash flow due to suspending a good portion of scheduled surgeries.

Having spent many, many hours embedded with the Governor’s team in the state’s Office of Emergency Services, everyone is working 18-plus hours a day, and the dedication to supporting what hospitals need to do their jobs is impressive.

And while we hope the surge will not be as large as feared, we continue to work diligently on a strategy to clear the decks by securing state and federal waivers; advising the state on hospital operations; and fighting for financial assistance, PPE, ventilators, and more.

All of us, as health care providers, health care advocates, Californians, Americans, are united to face this challenge, aided by intense preparation over the past couple of weeks. Indeed, it is only through our unity and readiness that we can continue to be there for people in their darkest times.

- Carmela

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Education

CHA News Article

Final ‘Care for the Caregiver’ Webinar April 21
For all health care workers

In this unique and challenging time for health care workers, the Hospital Quality Institute — in partnership with CHA and BETA Healthcare Group — has developed a webinar designed to offer “psychological first aid” to those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second of three complimentary members-only webinars was held today. The third and final webinar will be April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon (PT).

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Seismic

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Medicare

CHA News Article

Court Rules Certain Medicare Beneficiaries May Appeal Observation Status
For legal counsel, finance & reimbursement staff

A federal district court last week ruled that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) must establish an appeals process for certain Medicare patients to challenge their observation status. 

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Federal Advocacy

CHA News Article

Congress Passes Sweeping COVID-19 Economic Relief Package
For CEOs, government relations executives

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; the House approved it on Friday, and it was quickly signed by the President. It is the third federal supplemental appropriations and legislative effort to address the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic impact. In addition to sweeping economic relief, the legislation includes several measures of importance to the hospital community. The American Hospital Association has issued a summary of the major provisions.

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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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Education

Publication

CHA Education Events

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

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