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.
On June 26, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means
Committee passed a measure that would increase graduate medical
education slots for academic medical centers with existing pain
and addiction training programs. H.R. 3414 — the Opioid Workforce
Act of 2019 — is
supported by CHA as it would benefit numerous academic
medical centers throughout the state. It will now move to the
full House for consideration.
CHA sent a
letter this week to the California congressional delegation
supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R.
3107), which would improve patient care by removing unreasonable
Medicare Advantage (MA) plan requirements that needlessly delay
or deny patients access to medically necessary care.
The Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health has
national and state data sheets, which measure a range of
adolescent health factors and behaviors. The analysis draws on
large, nationally representative surveys, and measures include
physical activity and nutrition, mentorship, family meals,
cigarette and e-cigarette use, driving under the influence,
depression systems, bullying, dating violence, and more.
As of June 18, the California Department of Public Health’s
Laboratory Field Services (LFS) is
using a new method to deliver licenses and certificates for
laboratory personnel, allowing them to download and print active
licenses directly from the online system. LFS will no
longer mail licenses, and licensees will no longer need
to request or pay for a duplicate license.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting
requests from inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) to
settle appeals that were filed for redetermination with their
Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) no later than Aug. 31,
2018 – if the appeal is currently pending or eligible for
further appeal at the MAC, quality improvement contractor, Office
of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, and/or Medicare Appeals Council
President Trump has issued an executive
order instructing federal agencies to take a number of steps
to promote price transparency and high-quality care, including a
requirement that hospitals post standard charge information.
CHA encourages members to respond to an online
survey about whether the California Health Interview Survey
data have helped health care providers in health policymaking and
planning. Conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
and The California Endowment, the survey is intended to help
analyze how the data are being applied to efforts aimed at
improving health conditions.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
cleared a modified Erbe USA Inc. ERBEFLO 24-hour
multi-patient endoscope connector for use. The modified port
connector now includes a backflow prevention feature designed to
help reduce the risk of cross-contamination that was
previously identified in a letter from the FDA in April 2018.
Questions should be directed to the FDA’s Division of Industry
and Consumer Education at DICE@FDA.HHS.GOV, (800) 638-2041 or
On June 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
announced it has extended the deadline for comments on its
draft guidance on ligature risk for psychiatric hospitals and
psychiatric units to June 28. Previously, the deadline had been
June 17, and CHA submitted a
comment letter. CHA encourages members to use the letter in
drafting their own comments.
In a large showing of bipartisan support, 48 members of the
California congressional delegation co-signed a
letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
opposing proposed changes to the Medicare area wage index, which
is used to adjust Medicare payments for hospital outpatient and
post-acute care services. CHA thanks Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-1)
and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-5) for leading the effort, and thanks
members for their response to the Advocacy Alert and outreach on this critical issue.
The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has released
final guidance on its Knox-Keene licensure regulation, which
applies to any contract entered into, amended, or renewed on or
after July 1. The regulation, among other things, defines various
types of risk and requires entities that assume any amount of
global risk to either obtain a license under the Knox-Keene
Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 or receive an exemption from
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a
draft assessment of California health plans’ compliance with
time/distance access standards for managed care
patients. According to the assessment, only a small number
of plans failed to meet these standards for at least 99% of
Hospital Quality Institute Conference — themed Respect,
Reliability, Resilience — features sessions on the most pressing
issues facing quality and patient safety leaders and
professionals. This year, the conference will be held Oct. 14-15
in Sacramento at the Golden One Center and The Kimpton Sawyer
CHA reminds outpatient prospective payment system providers with
multiple locations that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) will activate
billing claims edits in July to check whether the address on
a provider’s claim exactly matches the address
entered into the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System
previously reported in CHA News.
Facilities Letter 19-22, the California Department of Public
Health (CDPH) has released updated guidance on safely caring
for skilled-nursing facility residents with multidrug-resistant
organisms (MDRO). According to CDPH, this advisory guidance was
prompted by reports of facilities refusing to admit residents
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released
revisions to the State Operations Manual, Appendix V,
effective June 4, on complaint investigation timelines for
Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and deaths
associated with seclusion or restraint for hospitals and critical