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Medicare

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CMS Opens Application Period for Direct Contracting Models
For CFOs, CMOs

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.

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Federal Advocacy

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CHA Provides Input on Improving Health in Rural, Underserved Areas
For CEOs, CFOs, government relations executives

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.

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Behavioral Health

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Symposium Next Week Highlights Positive Changes in Behavioral Health Care
For CEOs, CNOs, clinical directors, psychiatric administrators and managers

Nearly 300 people will gather next week to learn more about the positive changes happening in behavioral health care. CHA’s annual Behavioral Health Symposium, to be held Dec. 9-10 in Riverside, will deliver valuable and timely information and provide an opportunity for attendees to network with their peers.

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New Report Shows Disparities in Access to Behavioral Health Care for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
For behavioral health staff

Mental health care services and addiction treatment are increasingly harder to access and afford, a new study finds. By analyzing claims data across 50 states for hundreds of health insurances plans, researchers discovered that the disparity between mental health and physical health care worsened from 2016 to 2017. According to the report, out-of-network usage for behavioral health care is higher than that for medical and surgical providers, and the gap is growing. More highlights are available in a press release.

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Regulations

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CDPH to Hold Stakeholder Meeting on Pediatric Service, Perinatal Service and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Regulations
For COOs, licensing and certification staff

A stakeholder meeting to discuss change of ownership regulations is being held by the California Department of Public Health on Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. in Sacramento.

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Medi-Cal

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DHCS Issues Implementation Update on Health Homes Program
For government relations and care coordination staff

The Department of Health Care Services has released an update on implementation of its Health Home Program, which helps manage and coordinate care for Medi-Cal managed care plan members with certain chronic health and/or mental health conditions who have high health care needs or who are experiencing homelessness. The update provides enrollment data, information on core services, and a member success story.

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Finance

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Upcoming Webinar Will Provide Application Assistance for Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018
For CFOs

On Dec. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. (PT), the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) will host a webinar to provide technical assistance to hospitals applying for funding under the Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018. Registration is available online.

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