CEO Message

CEO Message: A Light in the Darkness

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill  

If you pause for the briefest of moments to reflect on the past 12 months, it’s both emotionally overwhelming and deeply inspiring. 

Jan. 5 
A man in Orange County tests positive for COVID-19, the first case in California, bringing the number of U.S. cases to three.
Jan. 30
The World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a global public health emergency. Nearly 8,000 people have been infected, mostly in China, and 170 have died.
Feb. 3
Santa Clara County declares a local health emergency due to COVID-19, the first county in California to do so. 
Feb. 16
Some American passengers and crew members from the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined in Japan, are flown to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, where they will be quarantined for 14 days. 

Full 2020 Timeline

The toll is steep – from lost experiences like missed birthdays, postponed weddings, and in-person education, to the insidious seeds of stress and exhaustion planted in all of us that for many have yet to grow, to the raw loss of human life – more than 300,000 Americans and more than 22,000 Californians are no longer with us. 

But 2020 is not only a story of pain and loss. It is also one of unbreakable spirit. I know this because today, as we stand in the throes of a surge that is testing every ounce of strength we have left, stretching every resource to the absolute limit, one thing is true: We still stand. 

That must be repeated: We still stand. 

We stand because others are falling, and someone must catch them.  

We stand because we know that thousands upon thousands of Californians will NOT have an empty seat at their holiday dinner table this year because of the work we do.  

We stand because it is our duty, because when all other lights go out in people’s lives, the lights of hospitals stay on – literally and figuratively, always. 

That is the enduring story of 2020 – hospitals providing hope when it’s hard to find anywhere else. 

In all we’ve been through this year, the trials, the disappointments, the triumphs – you have never faltered in providing that hope. 

That is the gift that hospitals have given to this year, and it is a gift we, as your association, are honored to fight to preserve every day. 

~ Carmela

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Federal Advocacy

CHA News Article

Congress Set to Pass Year-End Legislation That Includes COVID-19 Relief
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations executives

The House and Senate leadership reached an agreement Monday on a year-end legislative package that extends funding for the federal government through the end of the federal fiscal year (FY), provides additional relief for small business, workers and health care providers suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and addresses the issue of surprise medical bills.

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Finance

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Medi-Cal

CHA News Article

DHCS Seeks Federal Approval for No-Cost COVID-19 Vaccines for Medi-Cal Beneficiaries
For CFOs, pharmacy managers

With the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking federal approval to help support delivery of the vaccine to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

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Price Transparency

CHA News Article

CMS to Begin Monitoring Compliance with Price Transparency Requirements in January
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it plans to conduct an audit sample of hospitals’ compliance with the hospital price transparency requirements beginning in January.

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Human Resources

CHA News Article

Toolkit Offers Help Complying with COVID-19 Workplace Notice Requirements
For chief compliance officers, in-house general counsel & legal staff, human resources professionals, and risk managers 

CHA has released a toolkit to help hospitals comply with the COVID-19 workplace notice requirements in a new California law — Assembly Bill 685 — that takes effect Jan. 1, 2021. 

CHA News Article

Changes in Quarantine Guidance Affect Labor and Employment Law
For CEOs, human resources executives

Recent changes to federal and state quarantine recommendations have labor and employment law implications, touching on both Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.   

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Post-Acute Care

CHA News Article

CMS Call Will Address Questions about Acute Hospital Care at Home Program
For COOs, strategy officers, compliance officers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host an Acute Hospital Care at Home Q&A session on Dec. 22 from 7:30 to 8 a.m. (PT). 

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Quality & Patient Safety

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Public Relations

CHA News Article

CHA Board Names Award of Merit Recipient, Other Honorees
For CEOs, public relations & communications staff

At the Dec. 15 CHA Board of Trustees meeting, the following nominees for the annual CHA awards were approved:  

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Behavioral Health

CHA News Article

Revamped Website Offers Updated Information, Resources for Addiction Treatment
For behavioral health directors, emergency department directors

Health Management Associates (HMA) has revamped the AddictionFreeCA.org website to include updated information and resources on substance use disorder, opioid use disorder, and medications for addiction treatment (MAT).  

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Publishing Schedule

CHA News Article

CHA News Takes a Winter Break

CHA News will not be published for the remainder of December. Regular publication will resume on Jan. 4, 2021. 

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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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