CHA News provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday 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
Monday and Thursday at 3 p.m.This section contains
a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For
information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has decided to
delay the full implementation of Medi-Cal
Rx, which was scheduled for April 1. The delay is due
to the need to review new conflict avoidance protocols
submitted by Magellan Health, the project’s contracted
On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention updated its quarantine guidance for
vaccinated individuals. The new guidance suggests that
persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or
confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if
they meet all of the following criteria:
Request for Stakeholder Feedback on Draft eCQM Measure
CQM-4413 Packages; Comments accepted Feb. 8-19
PFS Payment for Office & Outpatient E/M Visits:
Effective Jan. 1, for Physician Fee Schedule payment of office
and outpatient E/M visits, Medicare adopted the new AMA coding,
language, and interpretive guidance framework.
See the fact
sheet for more information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is further
extending the deadline to submit Q3 2020 Hospital Consumer
Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data and
electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the Inpatient
Quality Reporting (IQR) Program, PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital
Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program, and Medicare Promoting
On Feb. 4, the California Department of Public
Health updated its COVID-19 vaccine
While this guidance reaffirms that individuals in Phase
1A (health care workers and long-term care residents)
and Phase 1B, Tier One (individuals 65 and older and
those working in the sectors of education and childcare,
emergency services, or food and
agriculture) currently are or will be eligible for the
vaccines, it clarifies what individuals fall
within these categories.
To understand hospitals’ efforts in vaccinating health care
workers and the community against COVID-19, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently started
collecting optional vaccination data. As a result, seven new
vaccine-related fields were added to the CHA COVID-19 Tracking
Tool last month. HHS has received many questions from
hospitals seeking clarification on these new fields and has
compiled and answered the
most frequently asked questions.
On Feb. 2, President Biden signed an executive
order focused on immigration policy. Included in
the order are
instructions to relevant federal agencies to
review actions implementing the previous administration’s “public
charge” rule, which allows immigration officials to
consider legal immigrants’ use of federal nutrition,
housing, and health programs – including Medicaid – in their
applications for residency.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
has announced it
will publicly post updated Overall Star
Ratings to Care Compare in
April 2021. CHA encourages members to view their
hospital-specific preview reports, which are available until Feb.
26 on the QualityNet website.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing
(DFEH) recently released guidance to assist
employers in complying with Senate Bill
973. The bill, which took effect Jan. 1, requires employers
with 100 or more employees to provide detailed pay data to DFEH
by March 31.
To enhance the transparency of all oxygen-related equipment and
supplies offered throughout the state, the California Health
and Human Services Agency, in partnership with the
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, is offering a provider
hotline for health care facilities and Medical and Health
Operational Area Coordinators (MHOACs).
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the addition of
vaccination fields to the COVID-19 tracker, hospitals have
asked for additional clarifications on reporting COVID-19
data. To provide this clarification, CHA worked with the
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and
U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services to update its data
reporting guidance and other supporting documents.
President Biden has signed an executive order intended to
strengthen Medicaid and Affordable Care
Act (ACA) coverage by requiring the Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) to reconsider several policies.
In addition, HHS will open a special enrollment period for plans
on the federal exchanges from Feb. 15 to May
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) has issued new frequently asked questions (FAQs)
to address stakeholder questions about the information
Many Americans are indicating increased mental health concerns
resulting from economic hardship and social isolation
caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Jan. 19, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the
Surgeon General — in collaboration with the National Action
Alliance for Suicide Prevention — released The
Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Implement the National
Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a report that outlines
the steps for reducing suicide rates and helping
improve resilience. Its goal is to broaden perceptions of
suicide, who is affected, and the many factors that can affect