CHA News

CMS Announces New Part D Payment Modernization Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Part D Payment Modernization model, available through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, for Part D and Medicare Advantage (MA) drug plans beginning in January 2020.

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Penicillin-Resistant Strain of Brucella Bacteria

A new health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares information about an investigation of a penicillin-resistant strain of Brucella spreading across the U.S. Suspected to be linked to consumption of unpasteurized milk from a farm in Pennsylvania, cases have now been identified in 19 states — including California. More information on the infection and recommended treatment is available in the advisory.

CHA Comments on Covered California’s Draft Options for Improving Affordability

Yesterday, CHA submitted comments on Covered California’s draft Options to Improve Affordability in California’s Health Insurance Market. In the letter, CHA reiterates its readiness to partner with Covered California and the Legislature to build upon the Affordable Care Act by implementing premium and cost-sharing subsidies, an individual mandate and penalty, and reinsurance.

HQI Leader Honored for Work on Hospital Quality Transparency

Last week, Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) President & CEO Julie Morath was honored by the Patient Safety Movement Foundation with its Beau Biden Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes California hospitals’ participation in an effort, led by HQI, to provide consumers with easily accessible, meaningful information about hospital quality.

MedPAC Issues Recommendations to Congress

At the January meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that Congress increase the rate for hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems (PPS) by 2 percent in federal fiscal year (FFY) and calendar year (CY) 2020.