CEO Message

Integration, Employer Costs Will Be Focus of Coming Fight in DC

The heavy press is on in Washington, DC, as employer interest groups lobby legislators to take action on a pair of issues critical to hospitals: health care costs, which many see as driven higher by increased system integration, and the growing expenses for employers to provide health insurance as a result of those higher costs. 

An Important Win on Mandatory Bonus Pay

Today, a troubling legislative proposal that CHA has been fighting hard since it was introduced earlier this year — a bill that would mandate some $6 billion in COVID-19 bonus pay for health care workers — was officially tabled until 2022 at the earliest.  

A Blueprint for Better Behavioral Health Care

Earlier this month, during Mental Health Awareness Month, Behavioral Health Action — a coalition of more than 50 statewide organizations including CHA — released a new blueprint for behavioral health care in California. 

Loud and Clear

Today, as we near the end of the annual National Hospital Week celebration, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins introduced a resolution marking the life-saving contributions of California’s hospitals in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Hope Through Hospitals

Every year in May, the country celebrates National Hospital Week — a time to reflect on and appreciate the so many ways hospitals support the needs of their communities, health and otherwise.  This year’s theme is Hope Through Healing, which is something hospitals take pride in providing every year, but it takes on extra meaning considering what’s taken place since 2020’s celebration 12 months ago. 

The Long Fight for Financial Relief

Late last month, the respected health care financial analyst Kaufman Hall released its latest examination of the condition of hospitals as the nation continues to toil through the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the conclusions is something hospital leaders know all too well. From the report: “As many push for a rapid return to ‘normal,’ hospital and […]

CEO Message: Two Big Wins for California Hospitals

In a year like no other, it’s safe to say the victories have been few and far between. But today, California’s hospitals got two big wins in Congress.   First, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1868 as amended, which will continue to delay the implementation of the 2% Medicare sequester until the end of the 2021 […]

CEO Message: 2021 Legislative Landscape Demands Focus, Engagement, and Some Compromise

For hospitals, the past year of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most frenetic, intense periods in health care in memory. 

For other sectors – restaurants, tourism, and more – things slowed to a snail’s pace. This is also true of government, where state and federal legislators in 2020 processed a limited number of bills as they focused on the crisis and their communities. 

Author
  • Carmela Coyle
    President & CEO, CAHHS-CHA