CHA News provides timely information to members every Tuesday and Friday at 3 p.m.This section contains a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.
CHA News provides timely information to members every
Tuesday and Friday at 3 p.m.This section contains
a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For
information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.
On June 20 at 11 a.m. (PT), the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI)
will host an
informational webinar about upcoming opportunities for
hospitals to participate in TeamSTEPPS, an evidence-based team
training program that helps hospitals improve their cultures of
safety, prevent medical errors, and enhance inter-professional
Facilities Letter 19-22, the California Department of Public
Health (CDPH) has released updated guidance on safely caring
for skilled-nursing facility residents with multidrug-resistant
organisms (MDRO). According to CDPH, this advisory guidance was
prompted by reports of facilities refusing to admit residents
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
Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, founding CEO of Martin Luther King Jr.
Community Hospital in Los Angeles, has been honored with the
Partners in Care Foundation’s Vision & Excellence in Healthcare
Leadership Award. Dr. Batchlor received the award for her
forward-thinking leadership in building a responsive model of
community-wide care at the hospital.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued its
final rule implementing the criteria for determining when
covered veterans may elect to receive necessary hospital,
medical, and extended care services from non-VA entities or
providers under the Veterans Community Care Program. The final
rule became effective June 6, when the Veterans Community
Care Program replaced the Veterans Choice Program, as required by
the MISSION Act of 2018.
The California Department of Public Health’s Licensing and
Certification Program has issued a reminder to health care
facilities that, as the hot summer weather begins, they should
have contingency plans in place to deal with the potential loss
of air conditioning; ensure patients and residents are free of
adverse conditions that may cause heat-related complications; and
report extreme heat conditions that compromise patient health or
require evacuation, transfer, or discharge of patients. More
information and guidance are available in All
Facilities Letter 19-21.
CHA has prepared a
draft comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services’ (CMS) revised draft
guidance on ligature risk policies for psychiatric hospitals
and psychiatric units. CHA encourages members to use the letter
in drafting their own comments, which are due June 17.
Over the weekend, the Legislature’s budget conference committee
completed its work of negotiating the differences between the
Governor’s, Assembly’s, and Senate’s budgets. The Senate and
Assembly now need to approve the final budget bill and the
accompanying trailer bills and send them to the Governor no later
than June 15, for his approval by July 1.
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.
Every day, hospitals stand united to prevent and reduce violence.
To support today’s Hospitals
Against Violence national awareness day, Scripps Health CEO
Chris Van Gorder speaks
out on behalf of workplace and community safety in a new
CHA-produced video clip.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will activate
billing claims edits for outpatient providers with multiple
service locations in July. Once CMS implements the July 2019
quarterly release, Medicare administrative contractors will be
directed to permanently turn on edits and return claims
thatdo not exactly match.
CHA has extended the deadline for its Advocacy
Alert asking members to urge their assemblymembers to
oppose Senate Bill (SB) 227, which would create an unreasonable,
mandatory penalty system for hospitals that do not meet nurse
staffing ratios. The deadline for letters is now 5 p.m.
on June 11.
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.
This week’s special elections yielded important results for
hospitals, including the defeat of a Los Angeles ballot measure
that would have taxed hospitals. Measure EE, proposed by the Los
Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), would have enacted a
parcel tax (a type of property tax ) to generate money that would
support smaller class sizes and staffing increases for the next
12 years. Hospitals in the LAUSD would have been subject to
the new tax.
With the Legislature required to send the Governor a final budget
no later than June 15, budget negotiations are in full swing at
the Capitol. The budget conference committee will address the
many discrepancies between proposals from the Senate, the
Assembly, and the Governor, with plans to complete its work by
the end of this weekend.
On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
draft guidance on co-location policies for hospitals that
share space, staff, or services with another hospital or health
care entity. The draft guidance was issued to clarify how CMS and
state surveyors will evaluate these arrangements for compliance
with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.
Senate Bill 1254 (Chapter 697, Statutes of 2018), hospitals
must establish criteria for high-risk patients and complete a
medication profile for those patients. To better understand
how this new requirement will impact patient safety, CHA and
California Health System Pharmacists members will undertake a
quality improvement project.
This Friday, hospitals nationwide will support #HAVhope
Friday, a digital media campaign to focus national attention
on preventing and ending violence. Sponsored by the American
Hospital Association (AHA), the initiative shines a light on how
hospitals, health systems, and their caregivers work every day to
end violence in their communities and protect their
employees from workplace violence.