Hospital Compliance Manual
The complete source for federal and California laws

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Stay up-to-date with the most comprehensive resource created specifically for hospital compliance officers, in-house counsel, and CFOs! The California Hospital Compliance Manual focuses on high-risk compliance issues including fraud and abuse regulations, addresses the key components of an effective compliance plan and covers all applicable California and federal laws.

The 2019 edition has been updated to address changes in state and federal compliance-related laws, and can help:

  • Avoid payment denials and accidental false claims with information on new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coding and documentation requirements
  • Ease compliance with Medi-Cal’s revised treatment authorization request (TAR) and appeal processes.
  • Meet pricing transparency requirements regarding chargemasters and mandates that information be posted in a machine-readable format
  • Keep current with procedural changes at the California Department of Public Health’s Centralized Applications Unit and legislatively imposed timeframes
  • Satisfy requirements for posting multiple Proposition 65 signs where one used to suffice.

Written By:
Lloyd Bookman, Esq., CHA’s Lois Richardson, Esq., and legal experts from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC.

(Tenth edition, 2019)


The manual features more than 700 pages of content including 16 chapters, a model hospital compliance plan, numerous compliance forms and appendices, and an index. 

  • Hospital Compliance Plans
  • Governing Boards
  • Federal and State False Claims Acts
  • Submission of Accurate Claims Information
  • Proper Cost Reporting Practices
  • Physician Self-Referral Laws
  • Federal and State Anti-Kickback Laws
  • Financial Assistance Policies
  • Issues for Tax-Exempt Hospitals
  • Fundamentals of Hospital Licensing and Certification
  • Screening for Excluded Providers and Suppliers
  • Hospital Signage Requirements
  • Patient Safety Organizations
  • Other Laws
  • Repayment and Self-Disclosure
  • Responding to Government Audits and Investigations


“This is the only manual to address California and federal laws in depth — it’s well organized, and having the citations right there saves time.”
– Kevin Nelson, Director, Corporate Compliance, Cottage Health System

“The Compliance Manual is a great, comprehensive resource with quick answers to questions about state and federal laws — I appreciate the recommendations that help explain gray areas in the law.”
– Stephanie Hanson R.N. CHC, Compliance Officer, Tahoe Forest Hospital District

“CHA’s Hospital Compliance Manual is a great tool for bringing staff up to speed fast.”
– Lynn Grieves, Chief Compliance Officer, Children’s Hospital of Orange County

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