Expanding education and training, increasing diversity, and boosting capacity are crucial steps for ensuring California’s health care workforce can meet patient needs into the future, especially in underserved communities, according to a newly released report from the California Future Health Workforce Commission. CHA supports the commission’s 30 recommendations and the path it outlines to develop a workforce prepared to meet critical future needs.
Today, Covered California submitted a report to the Legislature titled “Options to Improve Affordability in California’s Individual Health Insurance Market,” outlining options to improve affordability for low- and middle-income Californians.
Employers should be aware that important state and federal Occupational and Health Safety Administration (OSHA) deadlines require them to post 2018 Log 300A today at their work sites, and submit them electronically by March 2.
Beginning Feb. 23, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will implement a new fee-for-service reimbursement methodology for covered outpatient drugs. The methodology will reimburse the lower of the actual acquisition cost (as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), the federal upper limit, the maximum allowable ingredient cost, and the pharmacy’s usual and customary charge. For more details about the changes, visit the DHCS website.
As shared previously in CHA News, the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) will host a webinar to address implementation of the Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018 on Feb. 5.
This week, Physicians for a Healthy California announced 73 awards totaling $38 million in the inaugural cycle of its CalMedForce Program, which provides funding for graduate medical education programs in California.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed access standards under the new Veterans Community Care Program, as required by the MISSION Act of 2018. The VA also issued a proposed rule that establishes a new benefit for veterans to access urgent care services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Part II of its 2020 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies and Draft Call letter. CMS proposes a 1.59 percent increase to baseline Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2020.
On Jan. 30 from 3-4 p.m. (PT), The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a webinar to provide guidance for health plans and hospitals on the changes to network provider requirements.
On Feb. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon (PT), the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) will host a webinar to address implementation of Proposition 4, the Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018.