CHA News

‘Medi-Cal Explained’ Series Includes Resources on Beneficiaries, Services, Finances

A new informational series from the California Health Care Foundation explains various facets of the Medi-Cal program, including a program overview, challenges of program eligibility and enrollment, the process and challenges of payments to Medi-Cal managed care plans, the 2019 edition of Medi-Cal facts and figures, the intersection of Medi-Cal and behavioral health, and the Medi-Cal budget process.

Experts Discuss Workers’ Compensation Issues at Upcoming Seminar

CHA’s members-only Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar is coming March 14 to Costa Mesa and March 20 to Sacramento. While providing a safe work environment is always the goal, hospitals need to understand how to get their employees the help they need when they get injured, while remaining compliant with California employment law.

Top Speakers, Timely Sessions Featured at AHA/CHA Advocacy Program

CHA is partnering with AHA’s Annual Meeting, April 7–10 in Washington, D.C. Participants at the annual federal advocacy event will hear from influential speakers on the frontlines of politics and policy including Chuck Todd, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator and political director; Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief and director, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs; Jon Meacham, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner; and Colin Powell, retired four-star general.

CDPH Seeks Hospital Feedback on Amending Respiratory Care Services Regulations

The California Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Care Quality has asked for stakeholder input on prospective amendments to respiratory care services regulations under Title 22.

CHA will work with members of its Certification and Licensing Committee to prepare comments, which are due March 22. Members who would like to provide input for CHA’s comments should contact Debby Rogers, CHA vice president, clinical performance and transformation. For more information, see All Facilities Letter 19-08.

OSHPD Accepting Applications for Limited Seismic Compliance Extensions

Assembly Bill 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018) grants specified hospitals the opportunity to apply for an extension of the Jan. 1, 2020, seismic compliance deadline. The law requires all hospitals seeking extensions to submit an application to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) by April 1, 2019.

The law also requires OSHPD to grant an additional extension if certain conditions are met.

To assist hospitals with the application process, OSHPD has published a Public User Guide providing step-by-step instructions for creating and submitting an application for a seismic compliance extension. For more information about AB 2190 and seismic compliance extensions, visit the OSHPD website. 

Report Examines Trends in Emergency Department Use

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) examines emergency department (ED) use across the state from 2005-16, focusing on ED use after 2014 — when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance expansions were fully implemented.

While PPIC notes encouraging findings related to the ACA’s impact, it also identifies a need to more closely examine the role of EDs in an evolving health care system, especially since ED use has grown since 2005.

Key findings include:

ACA expansions resulted in a large reduction of the number of uninsured Californians, and did not increase ED use among adults under the age of 65.
Among non-elderly adults, women ages 19-34 have the highest rates of ED use, due in part to pregnancy-related visits.
Approximately 90 percent of ED visits are outpatient visits.
Since 2005, ED outpatient use has increased substantially across all demographic groups and for all reasons.