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CDPH and HCAI Commit to Quick Turnaround for Space Waiver Requests

In anticipation of the Feb. 28 termination of the state of emergency, and in recognition of hospitals’ high patient census, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) have committed to quickly acting upon hospitals’ requests for the continuation of space waivers.    CDPH has developed a […]

Upcoming Provider Relief Fund, American Rescue Plan Rural Fund Deadlines

CHA is reminding members of upcoming deadlines for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural Fund and Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Period 4.   Phase 4 PRF/ARP Rural Funds Reconsideration Process Deadline: Hospitals that believe their Phase 4 PRF or ARP Rural Fund were inaccurately calculated have until 8:59 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 21 to submit […]

NQF Recommends Measures for Federal Quality Programs

The National Quality Forum’s Measures Applications Partnership (MAP) has issued its annual recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on quality measures under consideration for federal quality programs.   The MAP expressed support for 10, conditional support for 60, declined to support two, and declined to support seven with potential for mitigation. A detailed […]

CMS Finalizes Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule that finalizes technical details regarding the Medicare Advantage (MA) Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) program. This is the program that CMS uses to recover improper risk adjustment payments made to MA plans.   Final policies include:  Additional information is available in a CMS fact sheet.  

CMS Issues Proposed Payment Updates for MA, Part D Programs for CY 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the calendar year (CY) 2024 advance notice for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D prescription drug programs.   CMS estimates that MA revenue would increase by 1.03% compared to the prior year. Comments are due by 2 p.m. (PT) on March 3 and the final […]

CHA Creates Resource to Prepare for End of Public Health Emergency

CHA has created a resource to assist members in preparing for the termination of state and federal flexibilities at the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration.     Resources cover the unwinding of certain regulatory waivers, special coverage, and payment policies. The resource will be updated with any forthcoming guidance from state […]

CHA Event Sponsorship

CHA hosts events year-round that give providers of health care services and products the opportunity to meet face-to-face with hospital executive management. Our conference and symposiums each have unique audiences — disaster planners and their teams, medical rehabilitation experts, skilled nursing professionals, behavioral health care providers and rural hospitals. Learn about other opportunities to support […]

Updates on the No Surprises Act Implementation Webinar 

To assist members with a variety of Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) No Surprises Act resources that have recently been updated, CHA will host a webinar on Feb. 9.      During the webinar, Amanda Hayes-Kibreab, partner at Kings-Spalding, will share insights, and:  

Hospital Fragility Spells Danger for CA Patients

The latest report from nationally respected hospital consulting firm Kaufman Hall affirms the likelihood that in the coming months, even more hospitals will be forced to close or reduce services — a troubling prospect for communities throughout California and the unfortunate reality that Madera County residents already face.