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’s Licensing and
Certification Program has issued a reminder to health care
facilities that, as the hot summer weather begins, they should
have contingency plans in place to deal with the potential loss
of air conditioning; ensure patients and residents are free of
adverse conditions that may cause heat-related complications; and
report extreme heat conditions that compromise patient health or
require evacuation, transfer, or discharge of patients. More
information and guidance are available in All
Facilities Letter 19-21.
Over the weekend, the Legislature’s budget conference committee
completed its work of negotiating the differences between the
Governor’s, Assembly’s, and Senate’s budgets. The Senate and
Assembly now need to approve the final budget bill and the
accompanying trailer bills and send them to the Governor no later
than June 15, for his approval by July 1.
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has released newly revised
standards to assist health care practitioners in
consistently producing high-quality compounded medicines that are
the right strength and free of contaminants. The final
825, and USP
General Chapter 800 standards will take effect Dec.
Every day, hospitals stand united to prevent and reduce violence.
To support today’s Hospitals
Against Violence national awareness day, Scripps Health CEO
Chris Van Gorder speaks
out on behalf of workplace and community safety in a new
CHA-produced video clip.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will activate
billing claims edits for outpatient providers with multiple
service locations in July. Once CMS implements the July 2019
quarterly release, Medicare administrative contractors will be
directed to permanently turn on edits and return claims
thatdo not exactly match.
CHA has extended the deadline for its Advocacy
Alert asking members to urge their assemblymembers to
oppose Senate Bill (SB) 227, which would create an unreasonable,
mandatory penalty system for hospitals that do not meet nurse
staffing ratios. The deadline for letters is now 5 p.m.
on June 11.
Beginning July 1, the California Department of Public Health will
not accept payment for health facility license application fees
until its Licensing & Certification Centralized Applications
Branch validates that all required forms and supporting
documentation have been received. For more information, see
Facilities Letter 19-20.
This week’s special elections yielded important results for
hospitals, including the defeat of a Los Angeles ballot measure
that would have taxed hospitals. Measure EE, proposed by the Los
Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), would have enacted a
parcel tax (a type of property tax ) to generate money that would
support smaller class sizes and staffing increases for the next
12 years. Hospitals in the LAUSD would have been subject to
the new tax.
With the Legislature required to send the Governor a final budget
no later than June 15, budget negotiations are in full swing at
the Capitol. The budget conference committee will address the
many discrepancies between proposals from the Senate, the
Assembly, and the Governor, with plans to complete its work by
the end of this weekend.
On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
draft guidance on co-location policies for hospitals that
share space, staff, or services with another hospital or health
care entity. The draft guidance was issued to clarify how CMS and
state surveyors will evaluate these arrangements for compliance
with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.
Senate Bill 1254 (Chapter 697, Statutes of 2018), hospitals
must establish criteria for high-risk patients and complete a
medication profile for those patients. To better understand
how this new requirement will impact patient safety, CHA and
California Health System Pharmacists members will undertake a
quality improvement project.
This Friday, hospitals nationwide will support #HAVhope
Friday, a digital media campaign to focus national attention
on preventing and ending violence. Sponsored by the American
Hospital Association (AHA), the initiative shines a light on how
hospitals, health systems, and their caregivers work every day to
end violence in their communities and protect their
employees from workplace violence.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a
survey on price transparency that is intended to foster
understanding of how hospitals develop and implement
patient-facing price transparency tools. CHA encourages
all AHA-member hospitals to respond to the survey by the June 14
deadline, and to include their hospital name so that the data can
be appropriately analyzed.
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.
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