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.
In response to
requests from CHA and other stakeholders, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the comment
period for its two proposed rules on interoperability and
information blocking to June 3.
Last week, hospitals throughout California held events to honor
their volunteers during National Healthcare Volunteer Week. See
gallery for a sampling of celebrations and
In preparation for another busy regulatory season, CHA reminds
members that information on proposed and final federal rules, as
well as executive orders, can be found on a dedicated page of the
CHA website. Developed to help members stay on top of numerous
regulations, CHA’s Regulatory
Tracker highlights open, forthcoming and final rules
along with summaries of the regulations.
The Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) has issued
proposed regulations that, when finalized, will allow
emergency medical services providers to transport patients to the
hospital or other care setting that best meets the patient’s
needs. The proposed regulations address paramedic training and
establish other requirements for alternative destination
Earlier this week, the Senate Labor, Public Employment and
Retirement Committee passed Senate
Bill (SB) 778 (Committee on Labor, Public Employment and
Retirement), which would clarify deadlines for providing sexual
harassment prevention training.
A CHA-supported bill that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs)
to practice to the full extent of their education and training –
AB 890 (Wood,
D-Santa Rosa) – passed the Assembly Committee on Business and
submitted comments to the California Department of Public
Health (CDPH), responding to its requests for input on changes to
Title 22 regulations. In the letter, CHA thanks CDPH for
undertaking the process of revising the regulations, noting
that the majority are outdated and no longer relevant to current
hospital care delivery.
Today, CHA submitted
comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) on its
proposed rule that would update proficiency testing (PT)
and referral requirements under the Clinical Laboratory
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
finalized its policy and payment updates for Medicare
Advantage (MA) and Part D plans for calendar year (CY) 2020. CMS
estimates revenue for MA and Part D plans will increase by 2.53
percent for 2020, excluding an average 3.3 percent increase in
CHA member hospitals today gathered in Sacramento for a Lobby
Action Day (photo
gallery) to urge legislators to support Senate Bill
758 (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge), a bill that will be
amended to give hospitals the flexibility they need to tailor
post-disaster care to meet the unique needs of their communities.
Today’s event followed a
radio interview that CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle
participated in yesterday about a new
report that says current seismic requirements may be outdated
and prohibitively expensive.
A new website allows
340B Drug Pricing Program participants to determine the maximum
drug companies can charge them for medications sold under the
program. The website comes as a result of a recent lawsuit
filed against the Health Resources and Services Administration by
the American Hospital Association, which sought to force
implementation of a final rule impacting drug ceiling prices and
civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.
The California Department of Public Health has released All
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-02.1, which rescinds AFL 19-02 and
further clarifies licensing requirements related to treatment for
The California Building Standards Commission is now accepting
comments on proposed rules that would align current building
codes with a law enacted last year,
Assembly Bill (AB) 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018).
Today, CHA member hospitals participated in a lobby action day in Sacramento to encourage legislators to ask the administration to reset the calculation of Proposition 55 funds. During the event, 20 hospital leaders met with key legislators and their staff, urging them to support the voters’ intent and direct crucial health care funding to Medi-Cal.
Yesterday, CHA launched a new month-long social media campaign — directed at lawmakers in California — related to the ongoing issue of health care affordability. The launch included a special video message from Carmela Coyle, CHA President & CEO, which highlights the many factors that contribute to rising health care costs.
This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) shared
four approval letters, dated March 18, from the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Hospitals should share
the relevant letters, linked here, with their accounting firms: