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 conference is designed as an educational and networking experience for paid staff who manage volunteer programs, hospital volunteer leaders, community partners, and hospital inter-professional peers looking to expand their hospital services through the use of volunteer programs.
Learning experiences and dialogue topics will include emergency services, retail, social determinants of health, volunteer management, youth programs and workforce.
Two keynote presenters include California Hospital Association President & CEO Carmela Coyle and Sharp HealthCare’s Daniel Gross, DNSc, RN, executive vice president, hospital operations.
Online registration for attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers will be available soon.
Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach until Jan. 24, 2020. To book, call (800) 233-1442 and mention CAHHS or California hospital volunteers. For more information about the conference, visit www.calhospital.org/2020-volunteer-conference.
CHA reminds members that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, all provider
must be submitted with Medicare beneficiary identifiers
(MBIs) regardless of the date the service was performed.
Claims submitted with Social Security number-based health
insurance claim numbers will be rejected, with
CHA’s annual Behavioral Health
Symposium, to be held Dec. 9-10 in Riverside, features a
broad range of topics for behavioral health professionals to
explore. This year’s agenda emphasizes key policy issues and the
innovative inroads others have made, featuring sessions on
managing change, eliminating stigma, collaborating with counties,
and a CEO panel titled “What Keeps You Awake at Night?”
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed three bills this session that amend the
California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), slated to take
effect Jan. 1. The CCPA gives consumers the right to know
what information about them a business holds, to restrict a
business from sharing their information, and to have a business
delete information about them, and assures other privacy rights.
CHA’s Mental Health Law
Manual has been updated for 2019, featuring a new
chapter on the sometimes conflicting laws governing who is
financially responsible for services rendered in an emergency
department (ED) to Medi-Cal patients with mental health
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
issued updates to the Nursing
Home Compare website. Among the most significant changes is
the addition of a new “abuse icon,” which will be used to
highlight facilities with instances of non-compliance related to
abuse, based on specified criteria.
Last week, U.S District Court judges in New York, California, and
Washington issued temporary injunctions against the Trump
administration’s “public charge” rule, effectively blocking it
from taking effect yesterday. In August, the administration
announced changes expanding the federal government’s ability
to deny immigrants U.S. entry or adjustment to their legal
permanent resident status (e.g., green card) if they are
determined likely to become public charges. The new policy adds
to the list of programs that may be considered for determining
public charge status, including not only cash assistance and
long-term care but also certain health care, nutrition, and
At last month’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
conference in Pasadena, a panel of hospital executives whose
hospitals had been affected by recent fires and mudslides shared
their experiences, reinforced the importance of preparedness, and
offered first-hand insight. The video below captures some of
their struggles and discoveries both during and after major
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) has produced a series of videos and other
resources for consumers and health care professionals,
designed to address methamphetamine use.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued
revised guidance for clinical laboratory surveyors, with
updates to State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 6. That chapter,
intended to help regional office and state surveyors administer
the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program, has
been revised to remove outdated information and ensure each
section matches current policies and procedures.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced last week that
it will publicly release the names of hospitals that have signed
340B Good Stewardship Principles by Oct. 18. CHA
encourages any 340B covered entity that has not yet signed
on to the principles to join the more than 85% of California
340B hospitals already committed to them.
President Trump has issued an
executive order instructing the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) to pursue policies to strengthen the
Medicare program “through alternative payment methodologies that
link payment to value, increase choice, and lower regulatory
burdens imposed upon providers.”