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.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-30, providing details and
resources for hospitals on California energy companies’ plans to
potentially turn off their power during a wildfire, high
winds, or other extreme weather events.
The Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), an
affiliate of the American Hospital Association, seeks presenters
for its 2020 conference to share innovative strategies for
addressing health-related community challenges. The conference
will be held June 15-17, 2020, in Cleveland, and
proposals are due Oct. 1.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
revised guidance for laboratories that are required to report
private payer data for laboratory tests under the clinical
laboratory fee schedule (CLFS). In response to advocacy from CHA,
CMS revised its guidance for hospital outreach laboratories on
reporting applicable information attributed to non-patients.
The California Health and Human Services Agency has released a
two-page guide to the federal government’s
new public charge rule, which changes the policy under which
the federal government can deny immigrants U.S. entry or
adjustment to their legal permanent resident status (e.g., green
card) if they are determined likely to become dependent on public
programs as their main source of support. The guide includes
information on the programs subject to the new rule, who is
affected, its impact on permanent legal residents, links to legal
resources, and more.
Livanta – the Medicare beneficiary and family-centered care
quality improvement organization (BFCC-QIO) for California – will
be conducting a compliance audit on whether hospitals have
completed their required Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Hospital leaders from around the country — including more than
two dozen from California — convened in Washington, DC, this
week for the American Hospital Association’s national meeting of
its regional policy boards.
Recognizing the importance of learning from recent disasters and
from one another, more than 700 hospital and disaster response
officials from across California gathered in Pasadena this week
at CHA’s annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
In response to continued pressure from CHA and other
stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
postponed activating billing edits requiring exact
matching for the address on claims data for outpatient
prospective payment system providers with multiple service
locations. The edits are now scheduled to be fully implemented in
April 2020, allowing for additional agency testing and provider
The Trump administration’s “public charge” final rule could
significantly impact hospitals’ relationships with patients and
the communities they serve. To help hospital staff better
understand the rule, CHA will hold a members-only forum, “Public Charge Final Rule: How to
Communicate with Patients,” Sept. 12 from 1-3 p.m. (PT).
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced it
will make long-term care and transplant coverage the
responsibility of all Medi-Cal managed care plan model types
— including Two Plan, Geographic Managed Care, Imperial,
Regional, and San Benito — effective Jan. 1, 2021. These
benefits are currently carved in to County Organized Health
Systems, and no changes will be made for them.
Yesterday, CHA issued two Advocacy Alerts:
one on Senate Bill (SB) 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), which creates
unnecessary and duplicative penalties for hospitals that don’t
meet nurse staffing rations, and
one on Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego),
which threatens hospitals’ ability to contract with independent
businesses — such as nurse registries, staffing agencies or other
employers — for critical patient services.
The deadline to respond to the American Hospital Association
survey requesting information on private plan utilization
management practices and network adequacy has been
extended to Sept. 15. California hospitals’
response rate has been low to date, and participation in
this survey is important to our collaborative advocacy efforts.
CHA will receive the California data.
The CHA website now prominently features Our Health California — CHA’s digital community of more than 1 million supporters — with links to stories that positively position hospitals, as well as health-related articles, data, and more.
Applications for $38 million in grants to expand graduate medical
education (GME) in California primary care and emergency medicine
residency programs will be available beginning Sept. 23.
The funding – which will give priority to programs in
medically underserved areas and that serve medically underserved
populations – is being awarded through Physicians for a Healthy
California’s GME program, CalMedForce.
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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency has
released results of its annual
National Survey on Drug Use Health, summarizing many factors
related to substance use nationally, including initiation of
substance use, perceived risk, substance use disorders,
associated mental illness, and substance use treatment. An
overview of the study and
detailed tables are also available.
CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle this week filed
a declaration supporting a federal court lawsuit brought by
the state of California and others challenging the federal
government’s recent expansion of the
public charge rule — regulatory changes that will
dramatically increase the number of immigrants denied admission
to the U.S. The declaration explains that the changes will impair
access to care, affect health outcomes for entire families, and
lead to a significant loss of health insurance coverage
throughout the state.