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.
Today, Gov. Newsom
announced a new, voluntary app called CA
Notify that will launch statewide on Dec. 10. It’s
designed to quickly notify individuals when they’ve been in
sustained contact (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
guidelines) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The
app does not share personal data or provide unnecessary digital
details that could compromise privacy.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will issue
reconciliation checks, dated Dec. 10 and 16, to hospitals that
receive the Private Hospital Supplemental
Fund (PHSF) state fiscal year 2020-21 Round A
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of
Inspector General (OIG) has issued a final
rule revising safe harbors under the anti-kickback
statute, as well as civil monetary penalty rules for
beneficiary inducements. The regulations are effective
Jan. 19, 2021.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will hold a Special
Open Door Forum on Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. (PT) to
discuss its final
rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret
the Medicare physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
has posted to its COVID-19
Resources web page the clarification that an OSHPD
permit is not required for temporary changes or use of
modifications to the physical environment for COVID-19 during the
period of California Department of Public Health All
Facilities Letter 20-26.3, which is in place until March
1, 2021, unless extended.
Last week, the California Department of Fair Employment and
Housing issued frequently asked
questions to assist employers in complying with a new
law on pay data (government code 12999/Senate
Bill 973) that takes effect on Jan. 1,
2021, and requires reporting no later than March 31,
The Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability
Commission has announced the launch of five new dashboards
on its Transparency
Suite to support learning communities to drive program
improvement. The dashboards will also inform community
planning by improving public access to information on mental
health services and outcomes.
CHA recognizes that with the Jan. 15, 2021, reporting
Assembly Bill 2537 and its April 1, 2021, personal
protective equipment (PPE) stockpile deadlines right around
the corner, hospitals are struggling with how to meet
the new law’s obligations. Following is an
update on CHA’s advocacy efforts with Cal/OSHA, which began
shortly after the bill was signed.
On Nov. 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Board
(Cal/OSHA) adopted an
emergency temporary standard (ETS) focused on COVID-19 in the
workplace. This new, extremely broad regulation is in
addition to the employee notice requirements encompassed in
Assembly Bill (AB) 685, COVID supplemental paid sick leave
adopted in AB 1867, and Senate Bill 1159’s workers’ compensation
On Nov. 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued
final rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that
interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law, also known as
the Stark Law.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an
interim final rule implementing a new mandatory payment model
– the Most Favored Nation Model – that bases the price Medicare
pays for certain drugs on the lowest price paid in some other
developed nations. The model will take effect Jan. 1,
2021, and runs until Dec. 30, 2027.