CHA News Article

DHCS Extends Deadline for Laboratory Data Reporting to Aug. 30

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced that hospital outreach labs now have until Aug. 30 to submit data related to clinical laboratory services. DHCS originally requested the data by May 31, but many labs were not able to meet the deadline due to the complexities associated with complying. Last month, CHA met with DHCS to explain hospitals’ concerns and request an extension of the reporting requirement, and DHCS agreed to extend the deadline until it can better understand the complexities of hospital billing and reimbursement. In addition, DHCS confirmed that it is only requesting data from hospital outreach labs that receive global payments (hospital and physician payments combined). Any hospital that believes it should be exempt from the requirement or is unable to submit the requested data in the specified format by the deadline should contact DHCS by email at and include hospital name, NPI and explanation. Attached is the initial request from DHCS.