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DHCS Releases Private Hospital Directed Payment Encounter Files

On March 10, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) uploaded three new hospital-directed payment encounter files, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. It is important for hospitals to download these files as soon as possible as the site is only intended for file transfers, not ongoing storage, and uploaded files will be deleted […]

CMS Issues New QAPI Interpretive Guidelines

On March 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new interpretive guidelines that explain what hospitals must do to comply with the Condition of Participation for Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI).   The interpretive guidelines are written by CMS headquarters and sent to all state agency surveyors to help them understand how […]

Rural Health Care Symposium Pre-Conference Workshop Designed to Help Governance Boards

CHA’s Rural Health Care Symposium features an April 10 pre-conference workshop on making governance boards of rural hospitals more effective in turbulent times.   Karma Bass, principal of Via HealthCare Consulting, will host the workshop, which will focus solely on helping to align rural hospital governance boards, medical staff, and the executive team to be more successful.   […]

CDPH Updates COVID-19 Health Orders, Guidance

On March 3, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced updates to several state public health officer orders and other guidance, including those related to COVID-19 vaccination, masking, isolation, and quarantine.  The updates include:  If you have questions on the CDPH-related updates, please contact CHA’s Trina A. Gonzalez, or Lois Richardson. For guidance on […]

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 […]