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CHA’s Advocacy Continues as OHCA Moves Toward Final Growth Target

What’s happening: As the Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) inches closer to finalizing its first health care spending growth target, CHA and members continue to raise alarm bells on the proposal’s devastating impact, including testifying at this week’s OHCA board meeting.  

What else to know: This month, CHA commented on the OHCA board’s January discussion of the 3% target proposal, OHCA’s new effort to measure hospital spending, and the proposed data collection rules. 

OHCA to Finalize Data Collection Requirements in the Coming Weeks

What’s happening: This week, OHCA released a close-to-final draft regulation and supplemental guidance on the total health care expenditure data collection process, which contains few substantive changes from the prior draft version.  

What else to know: Payers remain responsible for reporting the data under the revised guidance. CHA remains concerned about the lack of transparency and standardization and urges members to contact OHCA on its related spending target proposal using the template letter and talking points included in this week’s alert.  

CHA Webinar to Explore OHCA’s Spending Target in Depth

What’s happening: CHA will host a complimentary, members-only webinar on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. (PT) to discuss the Office of Health Care Affordability’s (OHCA) proposed 3% spending growth target for 2025-29. 

What else to know: CHA staff will focus on what this proposal means, the detrimental impacts it would have on health care, and how hospitals can lend their voices to protect care. A 45-day public comment period on the proposed target ends March 11.  

OHCA Board and Advisory Committee Deliberate Over Proposed Spending Target 

What’s happening: In separate meetings this week, members of the Office of Health Care Affordability’s (OHCA) board and advisory committee offered varying perspectives on OHCA’s proposed spending target of 3%, some endorsing the target and others questioning its rationale and attainability.

What else to know: CHA commented in writing and at both meetings testified in person, joined by hospital and health care organizations advocating for changes as OHCA contemplates a final target.

OHCA Staff Issues Final Spending Target Recommendation

What’s happening: Yesterday, the Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) released its final recommendation of a 3% spending growth target for 2025-29.

What else to know: CHA submitted comments on this proposal Jan. 18. As CHA continues to advocate for an attainable, sustainable target, members’ support will be crucial in demonstrating the detrimental impact a 3% spending target would have on patient care.