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HHS Updates Hospital Reporting Requirements
For COVID-19 tracker designees

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated its COVID-19 hospital reporting requirements (see #39 in the HHS FAQs for descriptions).  

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CHA, Hospitals Push Hard-Hitting Message Imploring Californians to Stay Home
For CEOs, government relations executives & staff, public affairs staff & officers

CHA has partnered with the United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC) to deliver a hard-hitting message from the front lines: Health care workers are tired, strained, and need everyone to do their part to stop the COVID-19 surge. 

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Federal Advocacy

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AHA Responds to ‘60 Minutes’ Interview on Hospital Pricing
For CEOs, government relations, public relations, and communications officers

Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) responded to Sunday’s “60 Minutes” segment on hospital pricing that included interviews with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Glenn Melnick, a health care economist at the University of Southern California. 

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Regulations

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Prior Authorization Requests
For CEOs, CFOs, finance & reimbursement staff, government relations staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has issued a proposed rule to build on efforts to improve the electronic exchange of health care information, including to streamline and reduce the burden associated with health plan prior authorization processes.  

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Finance

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HRSA Releases 340B Drug Pricing Program Administrative Dispute Resolution Final Rule
For CFOs, CMOs, pharmacy managers 

On Dec 10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a final rule establishing a process to resolve disputes between 340B-covered entities and drug manufacturers.  

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Facilities Management

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OSHPD Releases Vaccine Freezer Checklist, Provides Expedited Review
For CEOs, COOs, facilities managers, government relations staff

The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has posted a Vaccine Freezer Checklist to its COVID-19 Resources page. This is intended to be used for the expedited review and installation of ultra-low temperature freezers used for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines in California health care facilities.

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Pharmacy

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New Requirements for Controlled Substances Prescription Forms Take Effect Jan. 1
For pharmacy staff

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, prescriptions for controlled substances that are issued on a paper form must meet certain security requirements included in Assembly Bill (AB) 149. Specifically, AB 149 imposes new format requirements on the serial number and adds a barcode requirement.  

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Quality & Patient Safety

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HQI to Host Webinar on Supporting Patients who Experience Perinatal Loss
For CEOs, leaders in nursing, quality & patient safety, labor & delivery, behavioral health

As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) will host a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on Dec. 17  to discuss how hospitals can support patients and families in the event of pregnancy or infant loss.   

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