CHA News Article

CHA Leadership Meets with CMS Deputy Administrator Sean Cavanaugh

From left to right: Michael Covert, president/CEO, Palomar Health; Ron Werft, president/CEO, Cottage Health System; Anne McLeod, CHA senior vice president, health policy;
Sharon Sprugeon, CEO, Coalinga Regional Medical Center.

Yesterday, as part of the California Congressional Action Program, CHA board leaders and staff met with CMS Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicare Sean Cavanaugh; Liz Richter, deputy director, Center for Medicare; and Niall Brennan, director, Center for Enterprise Management. Over the past year, CHA has been working with CMS and the Office of Inspector General to identify the regulatory pathways for hospitals to move forward in adopting Modern Pricing, an initiative that supports hospitals in voluntarily adjusting their charges to make them more meaningful to patients and communities. CHA will host a members-only webinar on Modern Pricing May 30; members are encouraged to participate to learn more about the initiative.

Yesterday’s meeting was one of the first meetings with the new deputy administrator, who was appointed earlier this month after Jonathan Blum announced he was leaving. CHA board leaders expressed appreciation to CMS staff for their assistance in addressing regulatory questions identified throughout the Modern Pricing development process and discussed the action steps each of their hospitals is taking in adopting Modern Pricing. Further, hospitals expressed their commitment and discussed their current efforts to make meaningful information about hospital prices more transparent.