CHA’s legal department advocates vigorously before the courts on behalf of California hospitals, both as a party in litigation and as amicus curiae in important appellate cases. In addition, the CHA legal department prepares legal memoranda and manuals to help hospitals understand and comply with state and federal laws. The CHA legal department also supports CHA staff in their advocacy efforts before the state legislature and regulatory agencies.
CHA’s legal department advocates vigorously before the courts on
behalf of California hospitals, both as a party in litigation and
as amicus curiae in important appellate cases. In
addition, the CHA legal department prepares legal memoranda and
manuals to help hospitals understand and comply with state and
federal laws. The CHA legal department also supports CHA staff in
their advocacy efforts before the state legislature and
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.
CHA has released the 10th edition of the Hospital Compliance Manual, written
specifically to help California’s hospital compliance officers,
chief financial officers, legal counsel, and risk managers stay
abreast of pertinent state and federal laws. The manual focuses
on high-risk compliance issues and addresses the key components
of an effective compliance plan.
CHA has submitted
comments to the Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in response to a
request for information about modifying Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security
CHA’s latest guidebook, Discharge Planning for Homeless
Patients, explains California’s new homeless patient
discharge planning law and offers insights to help hospitals
prepare to return homeless patients to the community.
CHA is pleased to announce the new release of
its Record and Data
Retention Schedule, the first update of this publication
in seven years. The guidebook provides an overview of practical
considerations in record retention policies and helps hospitals
determine which records need to be kept and for how long.
The guide can help reduce storage costs and avoid legal pitfalls
by making clear when it is safe to dispose of certain records.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the
attached proposed rule that would revise certain requirements for
Medicare Parts A, B and D claims appeals. The proposed rule
is intended to reduce regulatory burden and improve clarity and
consistency in the appeals process. Among the provisions, CMS
proposes to eliminate the requirement that appellants sign appeal
requests, and change the time frame for vacating dismissals from
six months (which can vary from 181 to 184 days) to 180 calendar
State law requires birthing hospitals to offer fathers — if
available — the opportunity to complete a Declaration of
Paternity form when the mother is unmarried.
Hospitals must attempt to have the parents complete all required
data elements on the
Declaration of Paternity form (CS 909) prior to submission to
the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). DCSS
has asked CHA to remind hospitals that the Social Security number
(SSN) field must be completed. Individuals who do not have a SSN
should check the box on the form that states, “By checking this
box, I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the
State of California that I do not have a Social Security number.”
If a parent declines to provide a SSN or select the check box,
the Declaration of Paternity form may not be used to establish
paternity. Incomplete forms should not be sent to DCSS.
Today, CHA submitted comments to the California Department of
Public Health (CDPH) regarding several areas of Title 22
regulations that CDPH plans to revise. CDPH issued seven All
Facilities Letters (AFLs) earlier this month, requesting
stakeholder input to inform its regulation development process.
CHA commented on the following: