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.
CHA has submitted
comments to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its
proposed rule implementing the Veterans Community Care
Program, which will replace the Veterans Choice Program as
required by the MISSON Act of 2018.
CHA has begun widely sharing — via email and social media — a video of 2019 Board Chair Cal Knight, president & CEO of John Muir Health. In the video, Knight talks about the challenges and opportunities facing California’s hospitals over the next year, and touches on many of our priorities — including coverage, access, and behavioral health.
Earlier this week, CHA sent an Advocacy Alert to hospital leaders about Senate Bill 227 (Leyva,
D-Chino), a bill that would create significant penalties for
hospitals that do not meet nurse staffing ratios. CHA urges
hospital leaders to contact their representatives about this
harmful bill, which would increase costs without providing any
benefit to patients.
Both the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the
Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) have
issued their March 2019 reports to Congress, based on
recommendations approved at their January meetings. The
MedPAC report evaluates Medicare payment issues, while the
MACPAC report recommends — among other items — that if
planned Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts
proceed, they should be phased-in to give states and hospitals
more time to respond.
CHA sent a
letter to the California congressional delegation this
week, urging support of the Resident Physician Shortage Act of
2019 (H.R. 1763), which takes steps to reduce nationwide
physician shortages by increasing the number of
Medicare-supported residency positions.
Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. These once rare or
infrequent events have become regular occurrences, and no two
disasters are ever the same. Now more than ever, hospitals
must reevaluate our procedures and redefine preparation.
New guidance from
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revises the
guidelines to determine immediate jeopardy. The changes to
Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual — referred to
as Core Appendix Q — apply to all providers and suppliers, and
include subparts that focus on concerns in nursing homes and
In response to providers’
recent challenges implementing new requirements for opioid
prescriptions, the governor has signed into law a bill that
allows a transition period before the requirements become
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) has released a series of resources intended to help
providers incorporate, in their disaster planning, strategies to
care for patients with serious mental illness.
UC Davis Health has named Plumas District Hospital as its newest
Rural Center of Excellence, a designation that recognizes the
Quincy-based provider as a training site for UC Davis
medical students and for its emphasis on quality clinical care –
particularly in maternity services, medical training, and
Yesterday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) released
updated resources for its 340B Good Stewardship Principles. To
date, more than 60 percent of California’s 340B hospitals have
signed on to the AHA commitment.
Gov. Newsom has appointed Mark Ghaly, practicing pediatrician and
director of health and social impact for Los Angeles County, as
secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
According to the
Governor’s announcement, Ghaly will help advance proposals to
lower prescription drug costs and provide coverage to young
undocumented adults, among other health care agenda items.
In a large showing of bipartisan support, 38 members of the California congressional delegation co-signed a letter on the equitable distribution of livers for transplantation. In total, more than 80 members of Congress signed the letter.
A $750 million
funding opportunity available through the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
could help some hospitals offset the cost of meeting seismic
compliance requirements for certain acute care buildings.
In an effort to combat the stigma associated with mental illness,
Mitch Gluck, assistant hospital administrator at San Diego County
shared his and his family’s personal experience with Our
Health California, a digital community focused on health care.
Earlier this week, CHA attended a Senate Health Committee
informational hearing that examined strategies across all
purchasers and programs that have the objective of improving the
care delivered to people with chronic conditions.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
issued additional guidance for laboratories that are required
to report private payer data for laboratory tests under the
clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS). CHA urges any hospital
with a laboratory that bills Medicare on a Form CMS-1450 14x Type
of Bill to carefully review the guidance to determine its status
as an applicable laboratory.