CEO Message

CEO Message: Vigilance and Readiness

“… even areas that [stemmed their outbreaks] so well originally as people thought now are realizing that unless you can completely suppress this virus, it’s gonna come back, and it’s gonna keep coming back as long as you have susceptible people.” – Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, April 3, 2020 

This is the week that the first major surge of COVID-19 patients in California was projected to need intensive hospital care. For some communities, the change in health care needs is imperceptible; in others, it is marked, as hospitals race to save lives. 

While this surge in some places seems to be not as severe as initially projected, a sign that the early guidance on physical distancing may be effective in flattening the curve on COVID-19, now is not the time to exhale. Epidemiologists suggest that this virus could strike in waves, and if we take any early success for granted, subsequent surges will be even worse. 

Even with a reduced spread over time, there is still the potential for millions of Californians to contract COVID-19, and that means hundreds of thousands still may need the acute care services that only hospitals can provide. 

With that, the herculean efforts of hospitals over the past month to convert physical space, partner with the state to obtain personal protective equipment, and ensure that front-line health care workers are ready to meet the needs before us, provides some measure of assurance.  

Not because there are any guarantees in the work we do, but rather because it’s clear that when lives are on the line, every hospital in California has the ability to dig deep, to find more where there is none, to scrap and scrape whatever’s needed — to deliver care to those in need. 

This is hard. This will be harder in the weeks to come. Thank you for all you do, and all you’re going to do for Californians. 

- Carmela

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Regulations

CHA News Article

CMS Issues FFY 2021 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS Proposed Rule
CEOs, CFOs, behavioral health executives, government relations executives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed rule for the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS). The provisions in the proposed rule, if finalized, would be effective Oct. 1, 2021. 

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule for FFY 2021 Hospice Payment Rate
CEOs, CFOs, post-acute care executives, government relations executives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 proposed rule for hospice payment rates. The provisions in the proposed rule, if finalized, would be effective Oct. 1, 2021. 

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CMS Issues FFY 2021 Skilled-Nursing Facility PPS Proposed Rule
CEOs, CFOs, post-acute care executives, government relations executives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 proposed rule for the skilled-nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system, which would update the Medicare payment rate and quality reporting programs. The provisions in the proposed rule, if finalized, would be effective Oct. 1, 2021. 

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Health Care Heroes

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Show Your Appreciation for Health Care Workers

California health care heroes are working on the front lines as the state faces COVID-19. Our Health California (OHC), supported by hospitals and CHA, has launched an appreciation campaign to recognize the hospital employees and their families who are working day and night to keep our community safe and healthy through this outbreak. 

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Education

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HQI to Host Webinar on Impact of COVID-19 on Perinatal Mental Health
For CEOs and 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) will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on April 16 to discuss the potentially exacerbating effects of COVID-19 on maternal mental health, and what hospitals can do to mitigate them. More information and registration are here.  

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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Dates Set for Consent and Related Health Care Law Webinar Series 
For CMOs, CNOs, risk managers, privacy officers, in-house counsel

Join CHA’s Consent and Related Health Care Law webinars to delve into high-risk consent and privacy issues that often challenge hospitals and could lead to litigation. The three-part series will be held from 10 a.m. to noon (PT) on May 13, 19, and 27 and replaces the annual Consent Law seminar series. All three webinars are free to CHA members. 

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Volunteers

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Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 19-25
For CEOs, volunteer staff, public relations staff

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their hospital and community. This year’s annual week of recognition is April 19-25.

Volunteers’ stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change. During this time, many California hospital volunteer programs have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the work of hospital volunteers continues. Although volunteers may not physically be in the hospital , here are some of the ways they are supporting their hospitals and communities during this crisis:

  • Handwriting thank you notes to hospital physicians and nurses
  • Identifying local restaurants that are willing to donate food to hospital staff
  • Donating blood
  • Creating greeting cards for patients
  • Keeping staff fueled by creating and delivering “snack packs” with candy, chips, nuts, etc. to each department within the hospital
  • Providing employee food pantries with perishable items, allowing employees who are unable to get to the store to have what they need
  • Connecting and staying in touch via social media outlets
  • Virtually recording stories for patients
  • Making face masks and shields for hospital staff
  • Checking in and assisting neighbors as needed

It is uncertain times like these when the value of volunteers is truly immeasurable.

National Volunteer Week has traditionally been a time of celebration, to honor and pay recognition to the thousands of volunteers supporting California hospitals, but this year many activities have been canceled and/or postponed until further notice.

CAHHS Volunteer Services thanks all California hospital volunteers for your heroism, dedication, and the impact you continue to make day in and day out to support your hospital and your community. We look forward to your return. Until then, email your Volunteer Week photos or videos for our gallery and Facebook to volunteers@calhospital.org.  

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

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Marketing & Public Relations

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Donate Life Month Shines a Light on Organ Donation
For volunteer staff, public relations staff

April is National Donate Life Month, a time designed to draw attention to organ donation and motivate individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

Anyone — regardless of age, ethnicity, or medical history — can register as a donor and help save the life of one of the over 21,000 people on California’s organ transplant waiting list. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and heal countless others with tissue donation.

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Emergency Preparedness

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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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CMS News Roundup

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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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