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.
As a result of CHA’s sponsored legislation, Assembly Bill 2798
(Maienschein, 2018), the California Department of Public Health
(CDPH) has created an online portal for hospital submission of
Multiple Congressional and Senate committees announced proposals
this week to address the issue of patients receiving unexpected
medical bills. While details have yet to be disclosed, two of the
proposals would impose a benchmark rate that insurers would pay
hospitals. Yesterday, CHA and the California Medical Association
joint media statement urging Congress to oppose benchmark
rate setting, emphasizing that it will threaten access to care
rather than protect patients.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a
memorandum announcing that electronic Form CMS-10455,
Report of a Hospital Death Associated with the Use of
Restraint or Seclusion, has replaced the paper version of
the form. As of Dec. 2, hospitals can submit the reports
Behavioral health care professionals gathered Dec. 9-10 in
Riverside for the 14th annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium,
which featured sessions on managing change, breaking stigma,
breaking down transfer barriers, and CEOs answering the
question, ”What keeps you up at night?” (See
This year’s California
Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference — to be held Feb.
17-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach — will feature a
timely, practical session on implementing department processes
that will help ensure compliance The Joint Commission’s
On Dec. 16, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will
issue the fourth supplemental fee-for-service (FFS) payment
related to the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program, representing the
approximate 30% shortfall that occurred with the FFS Cycle 4
payment in April 2018.
California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. Karen
Mark, medical director for the Department of Health Care Services
(DHCS), have unveiled a new
initiative to help health care providers screen patients for
adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that increase the likelihood
of health conditions caused by toxic stress.
CHA DataSuite has issued hospital-specific analyses showing the
estimated impact of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 Medicare
inpatient hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, based on
publicly available data and program rules established by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Department of Health Care Services has released its monthly
Stakeholder Communication Update. Among other topics, the
December edition includes information on the Behavioral Health
Integration Incentive Program, nonmedical transportation, new
trauma screening benefits, the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery
System, Whole Person Care pilot programs, and upcoming meetings
This week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
issued its draft recommendations for each of the
Medicare fee-for-service payment systems, as required by law.
These recommendations, directed at Congress and the Department of
Health and Human Services Secretary, are for calendar year (CY)
and federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. MedPAC will meet in January
to vote on its recommendations.
Mental health care services and addiction treatment are
increasingly harder to access and afford, a
new study finds. By analyzing claims data across 50 states
for hundreds of health insurances plans, researchers discovered
that the disparity between mental health and physical health care
worsened from 2016 to 2017. According to the report,
out-of-network usage for behavioral health care is higher than
that for medical and surgical providers, and the gap is growing.
More highlights are available in a
Nearly 300 people will gather next week to learn more about the
positive changes happening in behavioral health care. CHA’s
annual Behavioral Health
Symposium, to be held Dec. 9-10 in Riverside, will deliver
valuable and timely information and provide an opportunity for
attendees to network with their peers.
On Dec. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. (PT), the California Health
Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) will host a webinar to
provide technical assistance to hospitals applying for funding
under the Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018. Registration is
Last week, CHA responded to a
request for information from the House Ways & Means Committee
soliciting input for its Rural and Underserved Communities Health
Task Force, which is working to develop bipartisan legislation to
improve health care outcomes in underserved communities.