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 California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
urges California hospitals to remain on the lookout for
highly drug-resistant infections in patients who have been
hospitalized or had any invasive procedure in Tijuana.
In a large showing of bipartisan support, 47 of the 53 members of
the California congressional delegation sent a
letter urging Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy to
eliminate the scheduled cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share
hospitals (DSH) for two years.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
proposed rule titled “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule.”
CHA is still analyzing the provisions outlined in the proposed
rule and the potential impact of new guidelines and reporting for
Medicaid supplemental payments and their financing arrangements.
Applications are due on or before Jan. 21 for those
interested in participating in the Department of Health Care
Behavioral Health Integration Program. Eligible entities
include primary care, specialty care, perinatal care,
hospital-based and behavioral health providers, federally
qualified health centers, rural health clinics, Indian health
services and public providers who provide services to Medi-Cal
beneficiaries are eligible to submit applications. County-based
providers are eligible to apply.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) — along with
the Departments of Labor and Treasury — has issued a
proposed rule that would establish a number of new price
transparency requirements for health plans. The proposed rule is
intended to build on
newly finalized price transparency requirements for
hospitals, and reflects President Trump’s June 24
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued
the second part of its calendar year 2020 outpatient prospective
payment system final
rule, which finalizes problematic provisions related to price
transparency requirements for hospitals. The final rule is
effective for all hospitals beginning January 2021.
Registration discounts for CHA’s 14th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium,
themed “Be the Voice,” end this Friday, Nov. 15. The conference
will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Riverside Convention Center,
with accommodations at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the
Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center.
CHA has issued a
summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the final
rule for the home health agency prospective payment system for
calendar year (CY) 2020. The final rule’s provisions are
effective Jan. 1, 2020.
The newly released
third installment of a one-on-one conversation between Tom
Insel, MD, behavioral health adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, and
CHA’s President & CEO Carmela Coyle, focuses on providing
patients the right care in the right setting.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched an
advertising campaign called Outbreak,
targeting young adults and parents, in response to the growing
teen vaping epidemic and the increase in vaping-related lung
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced resolution
of the protest to the contract awarded to TriWest Healthcare
Alliance Corp. for Region
4 — including California — of VA’s Community Care Network
(CCN). As a result, VA will move forward with implementing
CCN Region 4 in partnership with TriWest and will provide an
update on the timing in mid-2020.
The California Board of Pharmacy released an informational
statement this week intended to give compounding pharmacies
some direction in light of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP)
revised and new chapters, which have been delayed.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its
final rule updating the end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
prospective payment system (PPS) and policies related to durable
medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS)
for calendar year (CY) 2020. The provisions of the final rule are
effective on Jan. 1.
A U.S. District Court judge has voided the
Trump administration’s controversial “conscience rule”
regulation, which would have protected health care workers who
refused to take part in certain health care services — such as
abortion, sterilization, and assisted suicide — on religious or
Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill (SB)
265, a measure intended to prevent situations where school meal
programs pressure students who have fallen behind in paying for
their meals — a practice often referred to as “lunch shaming.”
California (OHC), CHA’s online community of Californians with
an interest in public health, showed strong support for the law,
sending nearly 3,500 emails and more than 480 tweets urging the
governor to sign the bill.
Tom Insel, MD, behavioral health advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom,
recently sat down for a
one-on-one conversation with CHA’s President & CEO Carmela
Coyle to discuss behavioral health care challenges across
California’s 58 counties. The two discussed fundamental
impediments to access to care, including lack of capacity,
behavioral health care workforce shortages, getting patients the
right care in the right setting, and hospitals’ role in caring
for patients’ physical and behavioral health care needs.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued
Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-30.1 — rescinding AFL 19-30 —
explaining requirements and processes for health care facilities
to report public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events to CDPH as