CHA News

CHA Guidebook Explains Discharge Planning for Homeless Patients

The California Department of Public Health has issued All Facilities Letter 19-01 reminding hospitals of the new law requiring that they try to coordinate homeless patients’ discharge to appropriate area shelters or other community-based services. To help hospitals comply with the law, CHA has developed a guidebook titled Discharge Planning for Homeless Patients.

CMS Proposes Risk Adjustment Changes for Medicare Advantage Plans in 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Part I of its 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies, including proposed updates to the risk adjustment model for capitated payments for MA plans, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Federal Judge Rules Against 340B Reimbursement Cuts

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) exceeded its authority in the 2018 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) by substantially reducing reimbursements under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

CHA Issues Summary of CY 2019 OPPS Final Rule

CHA has issued a summary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule addressing rate updates and policy changes to the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center payment system for calendar year (CY) 2019.