CHA News provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday 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
Monday and Thursday 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 Jan. 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) updated its Provider Relief Fund (PRF)
reporting requirements to
reflect changes required by the recently
Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA). In addition to
calculating lost revenue attributable
to COVID-19 based on the difference between 2019 and
2020 actual patient care revenue, PRF recipients may now
choose from two other methodologies.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
California has released its 2020 State of Community Reports
for both families and diverse
communities. NAMI California engaged families from across the
state, compiling both qualitative and quantitative data
highlighting the most important issues facing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
has finalized the
Medicare Advantage Part C and Part D payment
methodologies for calendar year 2022. Because of the COVID-19
pandemic, CMS is providing earlier notification of the finalized
payment changes to give plans more time to prepare bids for 2022,
which are due June 7. The finalized changes are expected to
increase plan revenue by 4.08%.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services has eliminated the X-waiver for
physicians, meaning that physicians can prescribe buprenorphine
without taking an eight-hour course and without obtaining a
waiver from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) along with the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO) and the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS) are partnering to present the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Innovation Virtual Summit. This first-of-its-kind summit kicks off Feb. 16 with a series of four “pre-summit” webinars.
On Jan. 20, President Biden
issued two executive orders intended to
address the COVID-19
pandemic. The first executive order creates the role of a
COVID-19 response coordinator to oversee the
federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services (HHS) recently announced updates to COVID-19
hospital reporting. HHS added seven new optional fields related
to health care personnel and patient vaccinations that hospitals
can report on each Wednesday. While currently optional, the
fields are likely to become mandatory in the future.
final rule added collecting and reporting COVID-19 data
to the Medicare and Medicaid conditions of
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – in
coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology – has issued a final
rule intended to streamline and reduce the burden
associated with health plan prior authorization
processes through Application Programming Interfaces
As reported previously, California’s general acute care hospital
personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile law – Assembly Bill
(AB) 2537 – requires hospitals to be prepared to report specified
PPE data as of Jan. 15. CHA developed and has
asked questions to assist hospitals with implementation.
On Jan. 12, the Department of Managed Health Care
proposed adopting emergency
regulations on the transfers of enrollees per state or local
public health orders. Once approved by the Office of
Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State, the
regulations will be effective and remain in effect for 180 days.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has
issued All Facilities
Letter (AFL) 21-03, which exempts from CDPH
licensure home health agencies (HHAs), primary care
clinics (PCCs), and adult day health centers (ADHCs) that
exclusively serve participants of a program of all-inclusive care
for the elderly (PACE).