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.
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.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced
changes to its health care facility application review
process. For applications received Jan. 1 or later, the CDPH
Center for Health Care Quality’s (CHCQ) Centralized Applications
Branch will issue a single correction letter for application
packets deemed incomplete or incorrect, and will not review those
packets unless corrections have been submitted within the
time frame identified in the correction letter.
Following a U.S.-led airstrike last week that killed a leading
Iranian general, the federal government believes cybersecurity to
be among the highest risks of Iranian retaliation. The American
Hospital Association (AHA) yesterday alerted hospitals and health
systems to remain vigilant about their data, systems, and
CHA has submitted
comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revised draft
guidance on clinical decision support (CDS) software, as
part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to implement Section 3060(a)
of the 21st Century Cures Act.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality, Safety &
Oversight Group reminds providers that online training is
available to help surveyors and providers prepare for upcoming
surveys. Online courses, web-based training, and video webcasts
can be viewed on the
Integrated Surveyor Training Website.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced a
statewide effort, the Debt Free 2021 Campaign, to investigate and
close backlogged complaints and facility-reported incidents by
the end of 2021. In All
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-42, CDPH details the strategies it
will use throughout the campaign and the impact it may have on
health care facilities.
As a result of CHA’s sponsored legislation, Assembly Bill 2798
(Maienschein, 2018), the California Department of Public Health
(CDPH) has launched an online portal for licensure applications
for general acute care and acute psychiatric hospitals. All
Facilities Letter 19-41 provides instructions and resource
materials for registering and using the new online portal.
CHA has submitted its comment
letter in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG)
proposed rule to revise safe harbors under the anti-kickback
statute (AKS) and civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules regarding
beneficiary inducements. The proposed rule would create new safe
harbors for value-based arrangements and patient engagement, and
would expand other existing safe harbors.
CHA has submitted its comment
letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS)
proposed rule to modernize regulations under the physician
self-referral law – also known as the
Stark Law. While CHA generally supports many of the
provisions outlined in the proposed rule, additional changes are
needed to advance the shared goals of care coordination and
reduced administrative burden.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will hold a
stakeholder meeting Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. to discuss the development
of certified nurse assistant and home health aide criminal
clearance regulations. The department requests that participants
be prepared to provide feedback on a
set of questions specifically related to the regulations.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled the Affordable
Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court did
not invalidate the entire law, but sent the case back to a Texas
district court for a decision about whether other provisions can
exist without the mandate. In response, CHA issued a
media statement denouncing the ruling and reaffirming its
support for the Affordable Care Act.
Registration for CHA’s annual Hospital Compliance Seminar is now
open. The event will be held Feb. 13 in Sacramento and will also
be live streamed, enabling attendees to join the seminar from the
comfort of their office or conference room and invite colleagues
to participate. The one-day seminar will review changes in state
and federal law and provide insights to help protect hospitals
and their staff.
California birthing hospitals are invited to participate in the
Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH)
Learning Community, aimed at helping hospitals strengthen
approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. Download a
description and application, and
register for an informational webinar on Jan. 15, 2020.