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.
Covered California this week
released new data at the halfway point of its current
open-enrollment period. As of Dec. 16, about 230,000 consumers
had selected a plan, representing an increase of approximately
16% over the same time last year. In addition, more than 1
million people have renewed their plans for the upcoming year.
Yesterday, CHA submitted
recommendations to the Department of Health Care Services
(DHCS) on its California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal
(CalAIM) initiative proposal,
the state’s multi-year initiative to redesign the Medi-Cal
CHA has submitted
comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) in response to its request for comments on developing a
stakeholder survey to strengthen the monitoring, outreach, and
enforcement functions of the Durable Medical Equipment,
Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding
Over the past several months, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage
and Hour Division (WHD) has finalized two significant regulatory
packages — one pertaining to the salary basis test used in
determining exempt status, and one pertaining to calculating the
“regular rate” or overtime rate for non-exempt employees.
Yesterday, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
released a web page focused
on Assembly Bill 5, the bill that creates a new test for
determining independent contractor status. The site includes
information for employees and employers, including frequently
asked questions. Although many questions remain, this new
resource may be helpful to hospital leaders as they review their
independent contractor relationships.
Join your colleagues March 2-3 in Pasadena for CHA’s Creating Care Partnerships:
Beyond the Continuum conference, hosted by the Center
for Post-Acute Care. The day-and-a-half long program features an
innovative look at providing effective care transitions and
value-based care and offers continuing education.
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).