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Make No Mistake: Hospitals Are a Long Way From ‘Fine’

Last week, the independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare rates delivered its March report, which describes hospital profit margins that hit all-time highs in 2021 and calls attention to the $200 billion in taxpayer subsidies that provided hospitals with a cushion to get through the worst of the pandemic. 

Health Plan Payment Practices Threaten Patient Care

At a time when Modern Healthcare is asking whether 2022 was the worst year ever for health systems’ income, hospitals and health systems are being forced to cope with deteriorating performance among many health plans in providing prompt and fair reimbursement. 

Breaking Through on Emergency Medi-Cal Relief

Over the past weeks and months, as CHA has been preparing its push for $1.5 billion in state relief to shore up a health care system on the edge, our messages continue to gain traction with media outlets throughout California. 

Minimum Wage Bill Comes at Precarious Time for Hospitals

The introduction this week of a bill that would raise the minimum wage for every health care worker in the state to $25 an hour comes at a time when hospitals throughout California are, literally, closing their doors or reducing the services they offer just to keep open.  

Now is the Time to Make Your Voices Heard on Financial Relief 

So far this year, one hospital in California has already closed its doors. Several have cut services or closed departments. Others are likely not far behind. And, as the financial challenges continue to mount for your hospitals, it’s the most vulnerable patients who are suffering the most.  

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.