Mission: The California Hospital Association (CHA) Certification and Licensing (CAL) Committee’s mission is to assure that licensing, regulatory and accreditation issues pertinent to California hospitals are addressed in a manner that is positive for patients, hospitals and the overall efficient delivery of health care.
Purpose: The purpose of the Committee is to address hospital accreditation, regulatory and licensing issues in an open and collegial forum. The Committee will recommend policy and actions related to certification, accreditation, licensing and regulatory policy to CHA staff and the CHA board.
Mission: The California Hospital Association
(CHA) Certification and Licensing (CAL) Committee’s mission is to
assure that licensing, regulatory and accreditation issues
pertinent to California hospitals are addressed in a manner that
is positive for patients, hospitals and the overall efficient
delivery of health care.
Purpose: The purpose of the Committee is to
address hospital accreditation, regulatory and licensing issues
in an open and collegial forum. The Committee will
recommend policy and actions related to certification,
accreditation, licensing and regulatory policy to CHA staff and
the CHA board.
COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH REGULATORY AGENCIES
Facilitate open lines of communication with regulatory agencies
including: California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Accreditation Organizations and
other regulatory agencies to:
Come to consensus on interpretation and application of
Identify and identify statewide issues and work with
regulatory agencies to find resolution.
Advocate on behalf of CHA members using the expertise of the
Evaluate Legislation and Regulatory initiatives.
Objective: Identify pertinent issues, influence
policy decisions by working with the appropriate regulatory
agency to find resolution.
Disseminate information from the CAL Committee to CHA member
hospitals, allowing CHA members access to the information and
work from the CAL Committee, including pertinent information from
each committee meeting.
Objective: The CAL Committee information shall
be disseminated using the following methods:
Post committee information on the CHA members’ only website.
Collaborate with regulatory agencies on educational
opportunities (e.g. webinars, etc.).
Disseminate information from CAL Committee members to their
The California Board of Pharmacy released an informational
statement this week intended to give compounding pharmacies
some direction in light of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP)
revised and new chapters, which have been delayed.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-30.1 — rescinding AFL 19-30 —
explaining requirements and processes for health care facilities
to report public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events to CDPH as
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has
recently updated the disease and condition reporting
requirements and made several significant changes to the list of
what must be reported to local health departments, and when.
The California Department of Public Health has announced
two upcoming stakeholder meetings: one on Oct. 10 to solicit
feedback on regulations related to dialysis service and organ
transplant centers, and one on Oct. 15 to discuss hospital
rehabilitation, outpatient, and supportive services regulations.
In its fourth round of requesting public comments on proposed
paramedic training and scope of practice, the Emergency Medical
Services Authority (EMSA) removed provisions permitting
paramedics to transport patients to sobering centers and mental
health crisis stabilization units. Simultaneously, the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development announced it will
extend authorization for pilot alternate destination
projects through November 2021.
The California Department of Public Health will hold a meeting
Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. (PT) to gather stakeholder suggestions for
updating hospital regulations related to radiology and
interventional radiology service. Details for attending the
meeting in person or via WebEx are available in All Facilities
Letter 19-29; a
discussion guide for the meeting is also available.
The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has proposed
changes to regulations governing the standards, policies, and
procedures for paramedic training, scope of practice, licensure,
and discipline. The
modified text, as well as the Notice of Proposed Regulations,
Initial Statement of Reasons, and other regulatory documents are
available for review on EMSA’s website.
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-28, the California Department of
Public Health has announced a nationwide shortage of the
tuberculin skin test antigen Aplisol, as well as new guidelines
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for
tuberculosis screening of health care personnel. The notice also
reminds providers that an approved program flexibility is
required if a facility deviates from tuberculosis screening
This November, CDPH’s Deputy Director, Heidi Steinecker, will meet with CHA members to share her vision and plan for change within CDPH’s Center for Health Care Quality. Members will also be able to meet directly with their CDPH District Office representatives in small group sessions. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions and to build productive relationships for future work. Don’t miss it.
On July 18, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
released a California
Health Advisory Update on Ebola — one day after the World
Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic
Republic of Congo to be a public health emergency of
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and
Certification Program has published a
State Enforcement Actions Dashboard that allows members of
the public to search for hospital administrative penalties and
medical information breach administrative penalties.
On July 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
memo to state survey agency directors including frequently
asked questions (FAQs) that address common inquiries from
psychiatric hospitals about compliance with the Emergency Medical
Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).
On June 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
announced it has extended the deadline for comments on its
draft guidance on ligature risk for psychiatric hospitals and
psychiatric units to June 28. Previously, the deadline had been
June 17, and CHA submitted a
comment letter. CHA encourages members to use the letter in
drafting their own comments.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released
revisions to the State Operations Manual, Appendix V,
effective June 4, on complaint investigation timelines for
Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and deaths
associated with seclusion or restraint for hospitals and critical
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has released newly revised
standards to assist health care practitioners in
consistently producing high-quality compounded medicines that are
the right strength and free of contaminants. The final
825, and USP
General Chapter 800 standards will take effect Dec.
Beginning July 1, the California Department of Public Health will
not accept payment for health facility license application fees
until its Licensing & Certification Centralized Applications
Branch validates that all required forms and supporting
documentation have been received. For more information, see
Facilities Letter 19-20.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this
week released All
Facilities Letter 19-19, which updates its application
process for new or remodeled pharmacy clean rooms and mobile
sterile compounding units (MSCUs). Notably, CDPH will no longer
accept incomplete applications for pharmacy clean rooms or MSCUs.
CDPH states the update is in response to Assembly Bill 2978
(Chapter 992, Statutes of 2018), which requires CDPH to review or
deny applications within 100 days of receipt.
The California Department of Public Health has released All
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-02.1, which rescinds AFL 19-02 and
further clarifies licensing requirements related to treatment for