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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently
instructed Medicare Administrative Contractors to accept
modifier codes for appropriate use criteria (AUC) on Medicare
claims for advanced diagnostic imaging services beginning Jan. 1,
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-28, the California Department of
Public Health has announced a nationwide shortage of the
tuberculin skin test antigen Aplisol, as well as new guidelines
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for
tuberculosis screening of health care personnel. The notice also
reminds providers that an approved program flexibility is
required if a facility deviates from tuberculosis screening
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for
Health Care Quality will host a meeting Aug. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.
to gather stakeholder feedback on acute care hospital clinical
laboratory, pharmaceutical, and dietetic services regulations.
CHA joined a broad coalition of organizations in a Lobby Day at the State Capitol Aug. 20, advocating on behalf of health care professionals who would be affected by Assembly Bill (AB) 5 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego).
The Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) has released a series of fact sheets for the families of
first responders, intended to help them understand and cope with
the potential mental health issues that emergency personnel may
face, and to help children understand their parents’ role at
CHA stood with Gov. Newsom, Attorney General Becerra, and leaders of other statewide organizations as the state announced its lawsuit challenging the federal government’s new rule for denying immigrants entry to the U.S. or adjustment to their legal permanent resident status.
In 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
removed Social Security number-based Health Insurance Claim
Numbers (HICNs) from Medicare cards and is now using
Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for certain Medicare
transactions, such as billing, eligibility status, and claim
status. CMS is currently in a transition period through Dec. 31,
during which either HICNs and MBIs can be submitted with claims.
The deadline for submitting a poster
for presentation at the 2019 Hospital Quality Institute
Annual Conference is this Friday, Aug. 16. Selected posters will
provide one presenter with a 20% discount on conference tuition.
The deadline to receive discount registration and hotel rates at
this year’s Disaster Planning for
California Hospitals Conference – to be held Sept. 10-11 in
Pasadena – is Aug. 19. After that, registration will increase by
$100, and the conference rate for hotel rooms expires.
The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN)
reports that, since June, seven cases of severe acute
pulmonary disease requiring hospitalization and respiratory
support among adults who have been vaping cannabis or cannabidiol
oils have been reported to the Kings County Health Officer.
Clinicians who encounter similar cases should report them to
their local health department.
On Aug. 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
finalized a rule to change the policy under which the federal
government can deny immigrants U.S. entry or adjustment to their
legal permanent resident status (e.g., green card) if they are
determined likely to become public charges (see
CHA’s response). The final rule expands the list of programs
that may be considered for determining public charge status, to
include not only cash assistance and long-term care but also
certain health care, nutrition, and housing programs.
CHA has submitted
comments responding to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) request for information on reducing regulatory
burden on hospitals and other health care providers. As part of
its Patients over Paperwork initiative, CMS seeks input on ways
to alleviate unnecessary administrative burden and improve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded TriWest
Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) a contract to administer the VA’s
Community Care Network (CCN) in California. TriWest will
establish and maintain a network of community care providers in
the state, as outlined in the Veterans Community Care Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its
final rule for the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 inpatient
psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS).
CMS finalized a 2.9% market basket update, offset by reductions
including a productivity adjustment of 0.4% and an Affordable
Care Act-mandated 0.75% reduction, resulting in a payment
increase of approximately 1.75%. After accounting for a $10
million decrease as a result of an update to the outlier
threshold, CMS estimates overall payments will increase by $65
million compared to FFY 2019. CMS also finalized its proposals to
revise and rebase the market basket to reflect a 2016 base year
rather than a 2012 base year, and remove the one-year lag in wage
index data used under the IPF PPS. As a result, CMS will apply
the FFY 2020 pre-floor, pre-reclassified inpatient prospective
payment system wage index data.
For the IPF Quality Reporting Program, CMS finalized the adoption
of one new measure — Medication Continuation Following Inpatient
Psychiatric Discharge (National Quality Forum #3205) — beginning
with the FFY 2021 payment determination and subsequent years.
The proposed rule is effective Oct. 1. Additional information is
available in a CMS