CHA News provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday 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
Monday and Thursday 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 Dec. 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services general counsel issued an advisory
opinion requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers
to sell covered entities 340B drugs at or below the
ceiling price when those drugs are distributed
through a contract pharmacy.
Appropriations Act, signed into law on
Dec. 27, extends the suspension of the 2% Medicare
sequester until March 31. The suspension, which was included
in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security Act, took effect on May 1, 2020, and
was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
On Dec. 28, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary
injunction preventing the Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing the Most Favored
Nation (MFN) interim final rule.
California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) officially expired on Dec. 31. The labor commissioner’s website notes “that workers taking SPSL as of December 31, 2020, may continue to take the leave they are currently on even if the entitlement extends past December 31, 2020. For example, an employee who exhibited symptoms and was recommended to isolate on December 28, 2020, may continue to utilize the SPSL they would be entitled to even if that isolation is required to extend into 2021, and be paid for the time according to the requirements of the SPSL law.”
On Dec. 29, the Department of Health Care Services
(DHCS) received approval from
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for
a one-year extension of the Medi-Cal 2020 Section 1115
demonstration, through Dec. 31, 2021.
On Dec. 29, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled against a challenge brought by the
American Hospital Association (AHA) to the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) hospital price
final rule. As a result, the requirements became
effective on Jan. 1.
The House and Senate leadership reached an agreement Monday on a
package that extends funding for the federal government
through the end of the federal fiscal year (FY), provides
additional relief for small business, workers and health care
providers suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and addresses the
issue of surprise medical bills.
Health Management Associates (HMA) has revamped
the AddictionFreeCA.org website to
include updated information and resources on substance use
disorder, opioid use disorder, and medications for addiction
With the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of COVID-19
vaccines, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is
seeking federal approval to help support delivery of the vaccine
to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries.