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CMS Proposes Reducing Medicare Payments to Physicians

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its calendar year (CY) 2025 physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule.  

What else to know: The proposed CY 2025 PFS conversion factor is $32.36, a decrease of $0.93, or 2.8%, from CY 2024.  

Hospitals Eligible to Receive Free Naloxone from DHCS

What’s happening: In 2018, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) established the Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) to distribute naloxone — also referred to as “Narcan” — and fentanyl testing strips to key stakeholders free of charge.  

What else to know: Hospital emergency departments are among those who can apply online to receive free naloxone and testing strips. Since the program’s inception, hospitals have received 332,000 naloxone testing kits and 188,000 fentanyl testing kits. 

HQI Quality Quarterly Highlights Data-Driven Patient Safety Strategies

What’s happening: The July edition of Quality Quarterly explores why effective patient safety strategies are grounded in the timely collection and analysis of data and examines the rise in sepsis mortality rates in hospitals. 

What else to know: Quality Quarterly is intended to support the work of patient safety professionals by providing information on clinical developments, new technologies, and peer learning opportunities.   

CHA Comments on DMHC Network Adequacy Standards

What’s happening: CHA continues its work to hold insurance companies accountable for providing timely, comprehensive patient care. Last week, CHA submitted a letter to the Department of Managed Health Care urging it to expand network adequacy standards to reflect patients’ current health care needs and hold plans accountable for making those life-changing, lifesaving services available.  […]