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.
Gov. Newsom announced yesterday that he has appointed Brad
Gilbert of Irvine as director of the Department of Health Care
Services (DHCS). Gilbert replaces Richard Figueroa, who has been
serving as acting director pending the Governor’s permanent
Today, CHA submitted
comments on the Medicaid fiscal accountability proposed
rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS). CHA thanks members for their input, which helped inform
our comments, and for taking time to submit individual comment
letters. There is still time to submit letters, which must be
received by 2 p.m. (PT) tomorrow.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
issued guidance to state Medicaid directors announcing a new
demonstration called the Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative. It
would allow states to operate their program within a defined
budget target – set on either total expenses or per-enrollee
basis – commonly known as “block grants.”
Register by Feb. 10 for CHA’s upcoming Creating Care Partnerships
Conference, March 2-3 in Pasadena, to save $100 on
registration and take advantage of group room rates at the host
hotel, The Westin Pasadena.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued
guidance, in three different All Facilities Letters (AFLs),
about new laws that apply to hospitals and health facilities: one
regarding medical exams of sexual assault victims, one on
employees’ rights during a CDPH investigation or inspection, and
one on written notice to patients about their right to be free of
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court
set aside the preliminary injunction from New York that
prevented the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge
rule from taking effect nationwide. This was the last of the
three district court nationwide injunctions standing, which means
the DHS rule can go into effect nationwide — except in Illinois —
while the litigation challenging it continues. CHA President
& CEO Carmela Coyle issued
a statement denouncing the rule.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported the
two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in California, in
Orange County and Los Angeles County, last weekend. In total, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
has now reported five U.S. patients — in Washington,
Illinois, California, and Arizona — who recently traveled from
China have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, noting that the
risk of transmission to the general public remains low.
CHA attended the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC) annual
meeting this week in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, ONC
said that final rules on interoperability and information
blocking — to be issued by ONC and the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) — are expected to be released in the
Today, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a joint hearing
with its Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Environment
and Climate Change about the impacts of wildfires on the
energy infrastructure and environment.
Volunteer leaders looking to learn and grow, add to their skills, and understand the latest tools and techniques for their work won’t want to miss the 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, Feb. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The conference speakers, educational sessions, and networking opportunities offer fresh ideas and a new focus on what it is to be a volunteer leader.
Beginning this year, a single Human Resources Conference
replaces CHA’s former employee safety/workers’ compensation
seminar and its labor and employment seminar, combining both into
a one-and-a-half-day event. Register now for CHA’s only human
resources-focused educational program of 2020, to be held March
23-24 in Pasadena.
CHA DataSuite has issued hospital-specific analyses detailing the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year (CY)
2020 Medicare home health (HH) prospective payment system
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has responded
to the recent spread of novel coronavirus in China — and news of
the first U.S. cases this week — by establishing
web site updates for consumers and health care providers,
holding a call with health care providers on Jan. 23, and
Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-09, which details recommendations
for health care facilities along with the latest clinical
information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has notified
providers that it will hold a stakeholder meeting Jan. 29
from 2- 4 p.m. to solicit feedback on revising Title 22 general
acute care hospital regulations for administration, licensing,
medical services, records, and reporting. CHA will participate in
the meeting and encourages members to participate as well.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has issued a personal video thanks to CHA
and Our Health
California (OHC) — CHA’s online community
of Californians with an interest in public health — for
mobilizing to support a bill that helps ensure school children
have adequate access to nutritious meals.
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) invites all California
birthing hospitals to join its new
Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, a free
two-year program comprised of webinars, virtual group forums, and
one-on-one coaching to strengthen hospital approaches to mental
health during the perinatal period. As the program is set to
launch in February, hospitals are encouraged to enroll by
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced
a streamlined survey and certification process — to begin in
March — for psychiatric hospitals, with the goal of ensuring
efficient hospital inspections that protect patients while
reducing burden for providers.
Beginning this year, Californians who don’t have health insurance
will be required to pay a penalty. To help consumers understand
the penalty they may owe if they forgo qualifying health
coverage, the Franchise Tax Board has launched an
individual mandate penalty estimator, as well as a
penalty fact sheet that can be shared with consumers.