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.
Hospitals that have not yet signed up for the Hospital Quality
Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal
Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community are encouraged to join
their colleagues from throughout the state.
125 hospitals have already joined the community, a free
two-year program aimed at strengthening hospital approaches
to mental health during the perinatal period.
CHA has issued a
detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, on
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS)
proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) as well as
the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid
Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of
All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is now
accepting applications for its Behavioral Health
Pilot Project (BHPP). General acute care hospitals are
eligible to receive $50,000 for one year to integrate trained
behavioral health counselors into emergency departments.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a
proposed rule that would make changes to the Comprehensive
Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model and extend the
demonstration for an additional three years through 2023 for
mandatory model participants. Comments on the proposed rule will
be due in late April.
The American Hospital Association will host a March 12 webinar
from 10 a.m. to noon (PT) on using Z codes to document social
determinants of health. Webinar participants will learn how
social determinants impact health, how to code them and how
coding benefits patients and communities.
Federal law requires hospitals and other Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-covered entities to
report all 2019 HIPAA privacy breaches affecting fewer than 500
patients to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) by Feb. 29.
Resources Conference: Bringing Order to Chaos, March
23-24 in Pasadena, will feature a session on addressing
unconscious bias in the workplace, including how it affects
patient care and professional relationships. Beginning this year,
a single 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.
The Department of Health Care Services has released its monthly
Stakeholder Communication Update. Among other topics, the
February edition includes information on the department’s
leadership transitions; the Governor’s proposed budget; the
Behavioral Health Integration Incentive Program; the Drug
Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System; the medication-assisted
treatment expansion project; the transition of pharmacy services
from Medi-Cal managed care to fee-for-service; nonmedical
transportation providers in Medi-Cal fee-for-service; Medicaid
optional benefits restoration; trauma screenings; and upcoming
meetings and webinars.
On Jan. 27, the Alameda County Superior Court issued an order
about who can consent to treatment on behalf of so-called
“unrepresented patients” in nursing homes — residents who lack
the capacity to make health care decisions and have no family
members or friends willing to act on their behalf.
Register now to join hospital leaders from throughout California
for the CHA/American Hospital
Association (AHA) Annual Advocacy Program. Participants will
head to Washington, D.C. April 19-22 to meet personally with
members of Congress about the health care issues of greatest
importance to hospitals — and to the people and communities they
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is hosting a live
webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 26 with California’s
Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH. The webinar
marks the first in a series and will provide an overview of
the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware initiative.
CHA has issued a
summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the
Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 issued by
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The notice
proposes policy changes including regulatory and financial
standards for payers participating on federal and state
exchanges such as Covered California.
The California Department of Public Health is seeking nominations
for its Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health,
honoring the contributions of public health and health care
service professionals who improve the health status of
Californians. Nominations are due March 2 at 5 p.m. (PT) and
can be sent to Michael.Marks@cdph.ca.gov.
The California Department of Public Health has issued a
notice explaining new requirements for retaining employees and
providing written notice to residents for skilled-nursing
facilities (SNFs) undergoing a change of ownership, transfer of
facility operation, or change of management company.
To support hospitals and health systems in their efforts to
prepare and care for patients exposed to and diagnosed with novel
coronavirus, CHA has established multiple channels for the latest
developments, guidance, and other important information about
The Department of Health Care Services will hold a public forum
Feb. 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. to update stakeholders about its
transition of Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care to
fee-for-service. All interested organizations — including
hospitals, clinics, health plans, counties, pharmacies, tribal
health programs, and consumer advocates — are invited to
participate either in person or via webinar.
President Trump has released his fiscal year (FY) 2021
budget proposal. The annual budget, which is a political
blueprint rather than a legislative proposal, serves as a
messaging document for the President and his party.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
Part II of the calendar year (CY) 2021 Advance Notice of
Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation
Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies. This includes
proposals related to MA payment methodologies for 2021 —
including changes to payment and possible star ratings for
end-stage renal disease patients — as well as requests for
feedback on changes to prior authorization and initial opioid