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.
Last week, CHA responded to a
request for information from the House Ways & Means Committee
soliciting input for its Rural and Underserved Communities Health
Task Force, which is working to develop bipartisan legislation to
improve health care outcomes in underserved communities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the
application period for two voluntary
Direct Contracting Model options: professional and global.
Applicants interested in participating in the implementation
period must submit applications by Feb. 25; the application
tool will be available later this month. In spring 2020, CMS
will announce a separate application period for organizations
that wish to participate in the first performance year.
Organizations that are considering applying must submit a
letter of intent
by Dec. 10, if they have not already done so.
Adventist Health White Memorial in Los Angeles is one of six
honorees nationwide to receive the Malcolm Baldridge National
Quality Award, the nation’s only presidential award for
organizational/business performance excellence.
State public health employees must either have received the
2019-20 influenza vaccine or wear a mask when inside designated
patient care areas during the influenza season, according to an
Facilities Letter (AFL) from the California Department of
Public Health (CDPH).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
several updates about its initiative to ensure safety and
quality in nursing homes. Notably, CMS reports that updated
interpretive guidance for Phase 3 of the Requirements for
participation for long-term care facilities — effective
Nov. 29 — will be released in the second quarter of
CHA is pleased to announce its 2019 Model Medical Staff
Bylaws and Rules are now available. The manual sets a
framework for the working relationship of hospital medical staff,
hospital administration and governing body, and assures legal
protections are in place.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for
Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has issued an informal
request for information to gather feedback on a potential new
distinct payment model — the Oncology Care First Model —
that builds on the current CMMI
Oncology Care Model.
Many California health care providers have not completed the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) required to be submitted by Dec. 31
for Medicare compliance, according to an October audit conducted
by Livanta, the Medicare Beneficiary and Family Centered Care
Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for California.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released its list of 19
measures under consideration for federal public
reporting and payment programs, including the hospital inpatient
and inpatient psychiatric facility quality reporting
programs, the Medicare and Medicaid promoting interoperability
program, and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. NQF will
accept comments through 3 p.m. (PT) on Nov. 25.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a
draft of its
Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) report, addressing the
department’s quality improvement infrastructure and highlighting
its coordinated delivery system reform efforts. Comments are due
Earlier this week, the Senate Energy, Utilities and
Communications Committee conducted an
oversight hearing to address recent public safety power
shutoff (PSPS) events, during which utilities intentionally shut
off power in certain areas at heightened risk of
released fourth 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 features a
discussion of hospitals’ role in caring for people with
behavioral health conditions.
Anne McLeod, CHA’s senior vice president, health policy &
innovation, will leave the association in December ahead of
joining the Private Essential Access Community Hospitals (PEACH)
organization on Jan. 6, 2020, as its President and CEO.
CHA has issued the two summaries, prepared by Health Policy
Alternatives, detailing provisions of the calendar year 2020
physician fee schedule and quality payment program
final rule. The policies described in the summaries are
generally effective Jan. 1.