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.
CHA DataSuite has released hospital-specific analyses
showing the trends in Medicare margins over the most recent
10-year period (federal fiscal years 2009-18). The margins are
shown graphically for hospitals and various comparison groups.
On Monday, CHA issued a
media statement about the new statewide Office of Health Care
Affordability. The office is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s
plan to limit health care spending across public and private
sectors in a broad effort to contain rising costs.
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Hospital
Quality Institute Patient Safety Conference. This year’s
conference will be held in both Northern and Southern
California — with a Long Beach conference set for
Sept. 29-30 and a Napa event to be held Nov. 15-16.
CHA DataSuite has released hospital-specific quality program
measure trends analysis for the fourth quarter of 2019. This
analysis is designed to provide hospitals with a comparative
review over time of the quality data collected by the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and published on the Hospital
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has
announced it will reduce disproportionate share hospital
(DSH) funding, which has been delayed since the implementation of
the Affordable Care Act. DSH cuts are currently scheduled to take
effect for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 after May 23.
CHA has issued a
detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
proposed rule that would make changes to the Comprehensive
Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model to include outpatient hip
and knee replacements.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a
two-day, in-depth training June 9-10 in Baltimore, MD on the
implementation of the standardized patient assessment data
elements to be introduced later this year.
CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle has been appointed to a
new statewide Behavioral Health Task Force, which was
announced last week by the California Health and Human Services
Agency. The task force will advise Gov. Newsom’s administration
on its efforts to advance statewide behavioral health services,
prevention, and early intervention.
Entries are now being accepted for the Hospital Quality
Institute’s (HQI) 2020 C.
Duane Dauner Quality Award. The annual award recognizes
excellence in the quest for zero-harm patient care and encourages
the adoption of successful strategies on a larger scale.
Much progress has been made in patient safety — between 2009 and
2019, the annual number of errors serious enough to warrant
monetary penalties from the California Department of Public
Health declined 27% — but more can be done. In recognition
of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 8-14, the Hospital Quality Institute
(HQI) and CHPSO will
offer five free webinars focused on improving the safety of the
health care system and recognizing the work that’s being done.
CHA will hold a complimentary member
webinar on March 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. (PT), emphasizing how
hospitals and health systems can best care for their communities
during the evolving coronavirus outbreak.
Ignacio has been living in the same industrial alley near the Los
Angeles River for the past 20 years. Tyresha calls San Francisco
home, but has been without stable housing for more than a decade.
And while they may be hundreds of miles apart, their lives have
both been touched by health care professionals in their
As hospitals prepare for the likely spread of novel coronavirus —
also known as COVID-19 — CHA and the Regional Associations
continue to work closely with local, state, and federal officials
to address questions and concerns from hospitals. See our
key messages about hospital preparedness and a web page with ongoing
updates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released
Annual Fee Report for Fiscal Year 2020-21. It proposes an
increase for hospitals from $661 to $846 per bed statewide and an
increase from $861 to $1,002 per bed in Los Angeles County.
Hospitals that have not yet signed up for the Hospital Quality
Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal
Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community are encouraged to join
their colleagues from throughout the state.
125 hospitals have already joined the community, a free
two-year program aimed at strengthening hospital approaches
to mental health during the perinatal period.
CHA has issued a
detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, on
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS)
proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) as well as
the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicaid
Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program, and Programs of
All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.