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CEO Message: Working Now to Preserve Hospitals’ Long-Term Health

Right now, as California leans in to the COVID-19 storm, hospital leaders have their heads down, laser focused precisely where they should be: on how to best care for patients and communities in the middle of this global health crisis. And their commitment extends well beyond the life and surge of the current coronavirus pandemic. 

While you’re focused on the care, we’ve got your backs on the vitally important financial support you need today — to keep paying the bills and make payroll — and the support you’ll need after this crisis to right the ship of the health care delivery system. CHA is working on this problem in three ways. 

Short-term: Because the financial health of so many hospitals depends on elective, non-urgent procedures reimbursed by commercial payers, and those procedures have been suspended or rescheduled, hospitals are facing an immediate threat to their financial viability. CHA is working on policies to remedy this, including regular, scheduled insurance company payments to hospitals to serve as bridge funding during this period. 

Mid-term: The federal government will provide some financial resources to hospitals, but the amount for California hospitals and the ways those funds will be allocated are not yet known. We’ll work to maximize the resources provided to California’s hospitals, in response to the financial hit you’re now enduring. 

Long-term: After the crisis subsides, we’ll need a state and national conversation about how to stabilize a threatened health care delivery system; how we ensure its success moving ahead as one of the largest employers in the state and nation and significant contributor to the economy; and how we, as a country, want to invest in health care capacity to better address crises like this in the future. 

The ultimate impact of this pandemic on our nation’s economy, its health care system, and our society as a whole remains to be seen. The long-term effects will be felt for years, if not decades, and the early and ongoing planning for those changes that takes place in the coming months will be critical to ensure that our state’s hospitals can continue to be there for all Californians in all ways. 

- Carmela

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Finance

CHA News Article

CHA DataSuite Releases 2020 CARES Act Analysis
CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, reimbursement directors, quality directors, compliance officers, health information managers

CHA DataSuite has released hospital-specific 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act analyses. On March 27, Congress responded to the COVID-19 emergency by adopting the CARES Act, which provides financial relief and resources to hospitals impacted by the public health emergency.  

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Education

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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).

CHA News Article

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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Medicare

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CMS Announces 2021 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate
For CFOs, government relations staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the calendar year (CY) 2021 rate announcement, finalizing Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D payment methodologies for CY 2021. CMS estimates a 1.66% payment increase for MA plans in 2021, compared to the 0.93% increase that had been proposed.

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Behavioral Health

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New Portal Available for Social Work Job Openings 
For human resource managers 

CHA has worked with the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to establish an online job portal. To submit current social work job openings, complete this form. Questions can be emailed to lpierce.naswca@socialworkers.org

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Clinical

CHA News Article

FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products From Market
For CMOs, CNOs, pharmacy

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers immediately withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine products from the market, due to a possible contaminant. Ranitidine products, commonly known by the brand name Zantac, will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or over-the-counter use in the United States. 

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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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