CHA News Article

Policy Leaders Travel to Washington, DC; Federal Issue and Background Papers Released

A contingent of California hospital CEOs and government relations executives traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to participate in CHA’s federal advocacy program, the California Congressional Action Program (CCAP), held in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Annual Membership Meeting. CCAP participants will collectively advocate on behalf of California hospitals by meeting face-to-face with lawmakers and regulatory officials. In preparation for the personal meetings, CHA has released issue and background papers on the top federal priorities for California hospitals.

Top priorities include protecting funding for hospital services in the federal budget; addressing the drug shortages and their impact on patient care; coordinating care for vulnerable populations, particularly the “dual eligibles”; developing an appropriate site-neutral payment system; advancing meaningful health care reform; and developing a long-term strategy that addresses the workforce shortage, including appropriate funding for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, CHA DataSuite reports specific to each Congress member’s district will be provided.

The issue and background papers are available for members at www.calhospital.org/ccap-2012-issue-and-background-papers.

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