CEO Message

CEO Message: Taking Care of People, No Matter What

For nearly 70 years, hospitals across the country have come together for one week each year to celebrate the special role they play in their communities. This year, however, like so many parts of our lives, National Hospital Week feels different. 

The purpose of National Hospital Week is to pause and reflect on hospitals, health systems, and health care workers, and on the lives they save and change. For many, hospitals are so interwoven into the fabric of their communities that their presence can be easily taken for granted. So National Hospital Week has served as a reminder to all of us why hospitals are important to those in need.

But if the COVID-19 pandemic has shown anything, it’s that nothing can be taken for granted — especially our hospitals, which are at the forefront of the crisis response. California’s hospitals stood shoulder to shoulder with the state to prepare for and care for the thousands of people with COVID-19 to date and those to come, even though that work places them in financial jeopardy. And efforts are underway to seek immediate financial relief for hospitals so they can continue to meet the needs of their communities and their mission of care.  

We celebrate this week the meaningful work of hospitals — because no matter what the challenge, hospitals find a way to care for people. And that’s what all of this — COVID-19, life-saving emergency room care, miraculous surgeries, beautiful new babies — is really about: people taking care of people.

Thank you, California hospitals, for all you do.

- Carmela

CHA News Article

CHA Issues Alert on State, Federal Hospital Funding
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations executives

Last week, CHA issued an alert asking hospital leaders to urge state and federal lawmakers to allocate billions more in funding to support hospitals and health systems in their efforts to fight COVID-19 and help California safely reopen. A House bill has been introduced and is expected to be voted on Friday, so letters to representatives are needed before then. 

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CHA News Article

CMS Issues FFY 2021 Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Proposed Rule
For CEOS, CFOs, government relations executives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. Comments on the proposed rule are due July 10.  

CHA News Article

CMS Issues FFY 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule. In addition to annual payment and quality program updates, the proposed rule would require certain payer-negotiated rates to be reported on the cost report, make changes to Medicare disproportionate share (DSH) payments, and establish a new Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) payment for Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapy.

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CHA News Article

CHA’s Media Campaign Highlights Pandemic’s Economic Impact on Hospitals 

CHA launched a campaign that highlights the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals. The campaign includes social media, digital advertising, targeted asks of the Governor and the Legislature, daily press briefings that highlight the pandemic’s impact on specific regions as well as on rural hospitals and health care systems, and a microsite —

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Quality & Patient Safety

CHA News Article

HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health Resources for Hospitals Now Available
For CEOs, leaders in quality & patient safety, labor & delivery, and behavioral health

As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has unveiled a package of online resources to help hospitals strengthen approaches to maternal mental health. 

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CMS News Roundup

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