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.
The Supreme Court ruled
this week that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
violated the Medicare Act when, in 2014, it changed the
calculation for payments to disproportionate share hospitals
(DSH). The 7-1 court ruling could affect billions of dollars in
Medicare payments to safety net hospitals.
Congress continues to focus on the issue of surprise billing with
several bipartisan bills and proposals put forth by key members
of Congress. Last week, House Energy & Commerce leaders Frank
Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR) released draft legislation,
on which CHA
submitted comments earlier this week.
In an effort to reinforce to lawmakers the need to address California’s severe health care workforce shortages, CHA just completed a month-long social media campaign to position hospitals’ leadership role in developing the current and future health workforce. Developed as a catalyst for more funding and enactment of key policy recommendations ahead of the state budget deadline in June, the campaign included an opinion editorial issued jointly with the California Primary Care Association, a video produced in collaboration with Sharp HealthCare, and an issue brief developed specifically for state legislators.
Earlier this week, CHA
submitted comments on the Emergency Medical Services Agency’s
proposed regulations that would allow emergency medical
services providers to transport patients to the hospital or other
care setting that best meets patients’ needs.
The American Hospital Association is now accepting applications
for its annual
Quest for Quality Prize, which recognizes health care
leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing
health in communities. Applications are due Sept. 30; successful
applicants will demonstrate commitments to access, health,
innovation, affordability, and partnership.
for the 2019 Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) Annual Conference
is set. To be held in Sacramento Oct. 14 and 15, the conference
is the premiere event for advancing patient safety and quality
A federal judge has denied a motion to delay implementation of
the Acuity Circle Model, the new liver transplantation allocation
approved by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network
(OPTN) in December 2018. OPTN launched the new liver
distribution system on May 14. CHA has long supported this
A total of 302 members of Congress signed on to a
bipartisan House letter urging Congress to delay cuts to
Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals for at least two
years. An overwhelming majority — 48 of 53 — of members
of the California delegation cosigned the letter. CHA
strongly supports this bipartisan effort and thanks members for
their engagement on this critical issue.
Last week, a federal district court
ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
exceeded its statutory authority when it implemented a 30%
reduction to 2019 Medicare reimbursement rates — included in the
federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019 outpatient prospective payment
system (OPPS) final rule — for certain pharmaceutical drugs
covered by the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
examines how current policy proposals to expand coverage would
impact residents across the state, finding that as many as 3.6
million Californians would benefit.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week
announced a number of improvements to the Medicare Recovery
Audit Contractor (RAC) Program, seeking to reduce providers’
burden by better targeting program integrity efforts.
Yesterday, CHA issued a
news release on Gov. Newsom’s revised 2019-20 state budget.
CHA applauds the Governor for making investments that improve
Californians’ health and well-being, including: ongoing support
for expanding Medi-Cal coverage to young adults, regardless of
immigration status; imposing a state-level individual coverage
mandate; broader premium subsidies for low and middle-income
families; and significant investments in behavioral health.
In a May 3
letter to CHA, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced it will
temporarily suspend implementation of its new sepsis review
policy in California until Nov. 1. The delay — a result of
CHA’s advocacy on the issue — is intended to allow additional
time to work through administrative and other issues that are
unique to the California market, in particular due to California
hospitals’ prevalent use of full-risk, capitated, delegated
On April 23, CHA
reported that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s
(EEOC) revised data reporting requirements could result in a
directive for employers to submit EEO-1 pay data for 2017 and
2018 as soon as May 31. However, on April 25 the U.S. District
Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the EEOC may have
until Sept. 30 to collect that data.
Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit performance reporting
initiative, will launch an opioid safety designation program for
hospitals later this month, intended to accelerate improvement
and recognize California hospitals’ efforts to combat the opioid
epidemic. A series of
five no-cost webinars– the first to be held May
9 at 11 a.m. (PT) – will explain a
self-assessment tool integral to the new designation, and
will feature peer-to-peer learning on a variety of safe opioid
New research suggests that risk sharing appears to offer better
value than fee-for-service arrangements. The California Regional Health
Care Cost and Quality Atlas shows wide variance in quality
and cost across California based on 2017 performance data for
provider risk sharing arrangements; accountable care
organizations; large, small, and self-insured employers;
individually insured members; and commercial health maintenance
organizations and preferred provider organizations.
New regulations from the Emergency Medical Services Agency
(EMSA) establish standardized best practices for emergency
medical services for children programs. CHA and member hospitals
worked closely with EMSA’s Emergency Medical Services for
Children Committee to produce regulations to provide quality care
for children needing emergency services, and is pleased to see
the regulation finalized. It will take effect July 1.