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.
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.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued
Facilities Letter 20-04, detailing the new administrative
penalties it will enforce for general acute care hospitals that
fail to comply with nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, and
clarifying certain provisions of the requirements.
Cardinal Health has recently
announced a hold on Level 3 surgical gowns, and
Presource procedure packs containing the gowns, because it is
unable to ensure their sterility. The company, which also said it
intends to issue a recall, is working with the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) to resolve the issue, and directs customers
to their sales representatives to obtain lot numbers of affected
CHA members can now learn about the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services’ (CMS) discharge planning final rule in a
webinar. The 30-minute webinar offers a high-level overview
of the rule and solicits requests for more information and
clarification to inform CHA’s ongoing advocacy with CMS.
A federal court has
ruled that the Department of Health & Human Services can
enforce the new liver allocation policy — the Acuity Circle Model
— while a pending lawsuit is in federal court. CHA has long
supported this important policy and applauds the court decision.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has
updated its FAQs to reflect a new law — Senate Bill 778
(2019) — that extends the deadline for complying with new
anti-harassment training requirements from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released
updated vaccine information statements on Jan. 8 for
adenovirus, anthrax, and rabies vaccines. Federal law requires
that health care providers give the relevant vaccine information
statement to each patient (or parent/legal representative) who is
A new law banning pre-dispute employment arbitration agreements,
set to take effect Jan. 1, was
temporarily blocked last month by a lawsuit challenging its
validity. At a Jan. 10 hearing, the temporary restraining order
was extended to Jan. 31.
A federal court in California has granted a preliminary
injunction to prevent Assembly Bill (AB) 290 (2019) from taking
effect. The law is targeted at dialysis providers that
donate money to nonprofit organizations that, in turn, pay for
private health insurance coverage for low-income patients — even
though the patients qualify for coverage under Medicare or
Senior leadership from California’s hospitals is encouraged
to join their colleagues at the American Hospital Association’s
(AHA) federal advocacy
program, April 19-21 in Washington, D.C. As with last year’s
event, participants’ time and investment will be maximized by
merging CHA activities with AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has renamed its
multi-year initiative to improve health outcomes and quality of
life for California’s Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Effective
immediately, the program previously known as “California
Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal” will be called “Medi-Cal
Healthier California for All.”
Senators Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) and Mike McGuire
unveiled legislation on Wednesday to help hospitals and all
Californians deal with some of the worst effects of power
outages. CHA supports the legislation (see video from press
Gov. Newsom today announced his administration’s 2020-21 state
budget plan, including several proposals related to health
care policy. One key component would establish an Office of
Health Care Affordability, responsible for developing specific
strategies and cost targets for the health care field, including
enhancing transparency and ultimately creating savings for
consumers; this will likely include a focus on hospital costs in
the different regions of the state. CHA will provide more details
as they become available.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
Part I 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, proposing
changes to the Part C CMS-Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC)
risk adjustment model as required by the 21st Century
Cures Act, which mandates a 60-day comment period.
Comments are due March 6.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a
of proposed rulemaking for expanded prenatal screening
regulations. Comments on the proposed regulations are due Feb. 3;
a public hearing will be held Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at 1415 L Street,
Suite 500, in Sacramento.