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.
Federal law requires hospitals and other Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-covered entities to
report all 2019 HIPAA privacy breaches affecting fewer than 500
patients to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) by Feb. 29.
Resources Conference: Bringing Order to Chaos, March
23-24 in Pasadena, will feature a session on addressing
unconscious bias in the workplace, including how it affects
patient care and professional relationships. Beginning this year,
a single 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.
The Department of Health Care Services has released its monthly
Stakeholder Communication Update. Among other topics, the
February edition includes information on the department’s
leadership transitions; the Governor’s proposed budget; the
Behavioral Health Integration Incentive Program; the Drug
Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System; the medication-assisted
treatment expansion project; the transition of pharmacy services
from Medi-Cal managed care to fee-for-service; nonmedical
transportation providers in Medi-Cal fee-for-service; Medicaid
optional benefits restoration; trauma screenings; and upcoming
meetings and webinars.
On Jan. 27, the Alameda County Superior Court issued an order
about who can consent to treatment on behalf of so-called
“unrepresented patients” in nursing homes — residents who lack
the capacity to make health care decisions and have no family
members or friends willing to act on their behalf.
Register now to join hospital leaders from throughout California
for the CHA/American Hospital
Association (AHA) Annual Advocacy Program. Participants will
head to Washington, D.C. April 19-22 to meet personally with
members of Congress about the health care issues of greatest
importance to hospitals — and to the people and communities they
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is hosting a live
webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 26 with California’s
Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH. The webinar
marks the first in a series and will provide an overview of
the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware initiative.
CHA has issued a
summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the
Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 issued by
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The notice
proposes policy changes including regulatory and financial
standards for payers participating on federal and state
exchanges such as Covered California.
The California Department of Public Health is seeking nominations
for its Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health,
honoring the contributions of public health and health care
service professionals who improve the health status of
Californians. Nominations are due March 2 at 5 p.m. (PT) and
can be sent to Michael.Marks@cdph.ca.gov.
The California Department of Public Health has issued a
notice explaining new requirements for retaining employees and
providing written notice to residents for skilled-nursing
facilities (SNFs) undergoing a change of ownership, transfer of
facility operation, or change of management company.
To support hospitals and health systems in their efforts to
prepare and care for patients exposed to and diagnosed with novel
coronavirus, CHA has established multiple channels for the latest
developments, guidance, and other important information about
The Department of Health Care Services will hold a public forum
Feb. 18 from 2 – 3 p.m. to update stakeholders about its
transition of Medi-Cal pharmacy services from managed care to
fee-for-service. All interested organizations — including
hospitals, clinics, health plans, counties, pharmacies, tribal
health programs, and consumer advocates — are invited to
participate either in person or via webinar.
President Trump has released his fiscal year (FY) 2021
budget proposal. The annual budget, which is a political
blueprint rather than a legislative proposal, serves as a
messaging document for the President and his party.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
Part II of the calendar year (CY) 2021 Advance Notice of
Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation
Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies. This includes
proposals related to MA payment methodologies for 2021 —
including changes to payment and possible star ratings for
end-stage renal disease patients — as well as requests for
feedback on changes to prior authorization and initial opioid
Last week, a U.S. District Court judge issued a
preliminary injunction in the case challenging the validity
of Assembly Bill (AB) 51 (2019), which prohibits employers from
requiring employees to sign a pre-dispute arbitration agreement
as a condition of employment or continued employment. The new law
applies to any agreement entered into, modified, or extended on
or after Jan. 1.
Following a decision
last week by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services has announced it will implement the “public
charge” final rule beginning Feb. 24. The rule allows the federal
government to exclude from entry any immigrant — after
considering their age, health, family status, education and
skills, and financial resources — who has used, or is likely to
use, certain health care, nutrition, or housing programs for more
than 12 months in a 36-month period.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
issued its proposed annual
Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule for 2021, also
known as the Proposed 2021 Payment Notice. This proposed
rule would update regulatory and financial standards applied
to issuers and exchanges, as well as set parameters for the
Last week, CHA
submitted comments to the Department of Health Care Services
(DHCS) on its proposal to discontinue Cal MediConnect and the
Coordinated Care Initiative and transition to a statewide managed
long-term services and supports (MLTSS) and dual eligible special
needs plan (D-SNP) structure.
CHA has submitted
comments on the proposed
rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS), along with the departments of Labor and Treasury,
that would establish a number of new price transparency
requirements for health plans — including a proposal to require
the disclosure of negotiated rates. CHA thanks members for their
input, which helped inform our comments.
The Assembly and Senate Health Committees held a joint
informational hearing Jan. 28 about hospital seismic safety and
the 2030 requirement to be fully operational after an earthquake
event. The hearing provided an opportunity to raise awareness
among lawmakers about the 2030 mandate for hospitals, as well as
for CHA and representatives from hospitals in different parts of
the state to testify about hospital preparedness and the impact
of the 2030 requirement.