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Register Today for 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference

The 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Last year, the conference focused on innovative strategies to address the transformations within health care. The 2020 conference theme — Engineering Change. Inspiring Leadership. — will focus on how to best plan and motivate volunteer leaders to adapt to these changes. 

The conference, which is presented by the California Association for Hospitals & Health Systems (CAHHS) Volunteer Services, is designed for hospital volunteer leaders, paid staff who manage volunteer programs, community partners, and hospital inter-professional peers looking to expand their services through the use of volunteer programs. 

The conference will provide an excellent forum to meet and network with other leaders who believe volunteering is a core strategic function of every hospital organization.

Registration for attendees, sponsors, and advertisers is available exclusively online on the conference web page.

Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach until Jan. 24, 2020. To book a room at the conference hotel, call (800) 233-1234 and reference CAHHS or California Hospital Volunteer, or visit

Updates for the Week of Oct. 28

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the following information:

Provider Claims Must Include Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers by Jan. 1, 2020
Webcast: Submitting Your Medicare Part A Cost Report Electronically Webcast, Nov. 5
Success with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar, Nov. 14
IRF/LTCH/SNF Quality Reporting Program Submission Deadline Nov. 15
Nursing Home Compare Refresh
Final OASIS D-1 Data Submission Specifications Available
October 2019 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available
Final Rule Rescinds HIPAA and ACA Requirements for a Health Plan Identifier and Other Entity Identifier

State Offers Hospitals Financing Options for Additional Backup Generators

The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) reminds public and nonprofit hospitals that it offers financing options, including bonds or loans, if they need to invest in additional backup generators to ensure electricity and continuity of operations during power outages. The flyer linked above includes details about CHFFA’s bond financing program, tax-exempt equipment financing program, and the HELP II loan program, as well as contact information for additional details.

CMS Issues First of Two CY 2020 OPPS Final Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the first of two separate regulations finalizing provisions for the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system. In the first final rule, released today, CMS raises hospital outpatient payments by 2.6% for CY 2020 and estimates this will increase overall outpatient payments by $6.3 billion compared to CY 2019.

Registration Open for CHA Conference Focused on Creating Innovative Care Partnerships

Registration is open for the Creating Care Partnerships: Beyond the Continuum conference on March 2-3, 2020. Hosted by CHA’s Center for Post-Acute Care, the conference will highlight how hospitals are moving toward value-based care by reaching across and beyond the care continuum. 

This year’s agenda features “real-world” examples of innovative care partnerships that support effective care transitions and value-based care. In addition, clinical experts will address timely topics such as patient activation, the impact of mental health issues, and care for individuals experiencing homelessness.  

Tuition scholarships are available for anyone who has not attended a Center for Post-Acute Care Conference since 2016. The first 20 qualified recipients will receive an email confirming their status, limited to one scholarship per facility.

Hospitals Reminded of Employee Safety Obligations During Wildfires

Wildfires pose many challenges for hospitals — evacuating patients, employee concerns for the safety of their family members, and exposure to wildfire smoke. As reported previously in CHA News, Cal/OSHA recently adopted emergency regulations governing employer obligations to employees exposed to wildfire smoke when the air quality index reaches 151.  

CHA Clarifies Hospitals’ Legal Requirement for Notifying First Responders About Disease Exposure

CHA has recently received several requests for information about laws that require hospitals to notify first responders who may have been exposed to a communicable disease while caring for a patient. State law requires a hospital’s infection control officer to notify the employer of a prehospital care professional (emergency medical technician, paramedic, fire fighter, peace officer, and others) if a patient has a specified communicable disease that may have been transmitted to the first responder.