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Hospital Leaders Attend More Than 100 Meetings at State Capitol
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Yesterday, hospital executives from around the state attended CHA’s Health Policy Legislative Day to learn about CHA’s key legislative priorities for the year and discuss those issues directly with their legislators. With much at stake for hospitals and the communities they serve, nearly 200 CHA members participated in this year’s event, addressing health care-related policies that matter most to them. To view photos of the meetings and the morning educational program, see the Health Policy Legislative Day slideshow.

“Reflect on the triple aim of improving patient care, including quality and satisfaction, improving population health and reducing the cost of health care,” CHA Board of Trustees Chair James Holmes, president/CEO of Redlands Community Hospital, urged attendees before they left for the Capitol. “It is up to you to share with your legislators how their bills will impact the work we do every day.”

CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner also addressed the group, emphasizing successes with the recently passed MCO tax and elimination of the “clawback” recoupment of payments from distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities. Dauner also highlighted the need for a strong unified effort going forward, particularly with the CHA-sponsored hospital fee ballot initiative and the proposed initiative to extend Proposition 30 income tax increases through 2030.

“Together, hospitals can secure the policies we need to achieve our vision of an optimally health society,” Dauner said. “Your presence here today is important, it is appreciated, and it will make a difference.”

In their meetings, hospital leaders told their communities’ stories about health care issues of vital importance, such as the need for a streamlined process for patients in need of mental health services. CHA-sponsored AB 1300 (Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles) would address those patients’ needs, as well as the need to reduce emergency department overcrowding. Other issues hospital executives addressed with their legislators included opposing expanded reporting obligations on hospital staff compensation; protecting access to care by allowing hospitals to continue charging a facility fee for services provided in hospital outpatient settings; and opposing a requirement that hospitals notify patients of certain physician information because hospitals do not have access to the information.

In addition to a keynote speech by three-time Emmy award winner and broadcast journalist Hugh Hewitt, 23 lawmakers and their staff joined CHA members for a breakfast reception to start the day. After the morning’s educational program, participants gathered in small groups to meet with lawmakers in their offices at the Capitol, attending more than 100 different meetings with legislators and staff throughout the afternoon.