CEO Message

CEO Message: In Your Service

Our hospital association — and I’d like to emphasize “our” here because it’s you, our members, who drive all we do — exists for one reason: to support your mission of care in California.

At the forefront of this goal is federal and state advocacy — the daily, perpetual work to provide the best possible legislative and regulatory environment ­that enables you to provide high-quality care to all in need. But there are many other ways we support hospitals, from sharing critical, timely information on operational and regulatory matters to offering a raft of educational events and legal publications to aid your teams.

That’s why I’m pleased to share that, as of Jan. 1, the vast majority of CHA’s education and publication resources are now free to members. That includes anyone and everyone who is an employee of a member hospital — hundreds of thousands of hospital workers statewide. In addition to making these resources free, we are also providing new opportunities for remote connections through live-streaming of events and digital downloads of publications that were previously print-only.

We’ve made this change for two reasons. First, over the past two years, CHA — along with the Regional Associations — has been working to ensure value for your dues dollar. By generating greater efficiency, we’ve been able to hold dues increases to the lowest level in CHA history without missing a beat on the services we provide, and expand the resources we offer to all.

Second, and perhaps more important, is that we know your success depends on increasing access to information you need. Paying for resources that simply help your teams do their jobs better represents an unnecessary hurdle that makes it harder for your teams to take advantage of our support for your work.

I hope you’ll share this news broadly, as we welcome any member of your hospital team to learn and grow from all the educational opportunities we’re offering in 2020.

– Carmela

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Regulations

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Emergency Preparedness

CHA News Article

CDPH Provides Resources, Guidance on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has responded to the recent spread of novel coronavirus in China — and news of the first U.S. cases this week — by establishing web site updates for consumers and health care providers, holding a call with health care providers on Jan. 23, and issuing All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-09, which details recommendations for health care facilities along with the latest clinical information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Finance

CHA News Article

CHA DataSuite Releases Analysis of Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System CY 2020 Final Rule
For CFOs, reimbursement directors

CHA DataSuite has issued hospital-specific analyses detailing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare home health (HH) prospective payment system final rule.

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Human Resources

CHA News Article

Register Now for CHA’s Members-Only Human Resources Conference
For legal counsel, human resources executives, risk & compliance leaders

Beginning this year, a single Human Resources Conference replaces CHA’s former employee safety/workers’ compensation seminar and its labor and employment seminar, combining both into a one-and-a-half-day event. Register now for CHA’s only human resources-focused educational program of 2020, to be held March 23-24 in Pasadena.

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Quality & Patient Safety

CHA News Article

Hospitals Encouraged to Join Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community by Jan. 31
For CEOs and leaders in quality & patient safety, labor & delivery, and behavioral health

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) invites all California birthing hospitals to join its new Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, a free two-year program comprised of webinars, virtual group forums, and one-on-one coaching to strengthen hospital approaches to mental health during the perinatal period. As the program is set to launch in February, hospitals are encouraged to enroll by Jan. 31.

CHA News Article

Senator Thanks CHA and Our Health California for Supporting Bill to Address Children’s Food Insecurity
For CEOs, government relations staff

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has issued a personal video thanks to CHA and Our Health California (OHC) — CHA’s online community of Californians with an interest in public health — for mobilizing to support a bill that helps ensure school children have adequate access to nutritious meals.

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Volunteers

CHA News Article

Upcoming Volunteer Conference Emphasizes Leadership, Navigating Change

Volunteer leaders looking to learn and grow, add to their skills, and understand the latest tools and techniques for their work won’t want to miss the 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, Feb. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The conference speakers, educational sessions, and networking opportunities offer fresh ideas and a new focus on what it is to be a volunteer leader.

CHA News Article

CDPH to Hold Stakeholder Meeting on Acute Care Hospital Regulations
For COOs, legal counsel, licensing & certification staff

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has notified providers that it will hold a stakeholder meeting Jan. 29 from 2- 4 p.m. to solicit feedback on revising Title 22 general acute care hospital regulations for administration, licensing, medical services, records, and reporting. CHA will participate in the meeting and encourages members to participate as well.

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Legislation

CHA News Article For Members

CHA Posts Legislative Update

The deadline for legislators to introduce legislation is Feb. 21. For an update on bills CHA is tracking on behalf of hospitals, see our Legislative Update.

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HHS News Roundup

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Education

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