CHA News

CAHHS Board Member Honored With James Irvine Leadership Award

Earlier this week, Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH — CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles and a member of the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Board of Trustees — was named as a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The award recognizes her commitment to serving the South Los Angeles area, a long-underserved community with a severe shortage of health care providers.

Hospitals Should Review Policies on Reporting Time Pay

Earlier this week, a California appellate court issued a published decision interpreting California’s reporting time pay requirement. While the decision in Ward v. Tilly’s Inc. was not unanimous and could be appealed to the California Supreme Court, employers should take note of the case’s reasoning.

Changes Proposed for Drug Discount Safe Harbor Protections

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a proposed rule that would remove the Anti-Kickback Statute safe harbor protection for drug rebates paid by drug makers to pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), Part D plans and Medicaid managed care organizations.

CHA Helps Reduce Behavioral Health Stigma With Powerful New Video

In an effort to help reduce the stigma around behavioral health issues, CHA has released a new video featuring five accomplished health care executives who have faced mental health challenges. The powerful “truth telling” video is the product of the keynote session at CHA’s recent Behavioral Health Symposium. 

CHA Board Approves 2019 Advocacy Priorities

In its first meeting of the year on Jan. 31, the CHA Board of Trustees discussed and approved CHA’s 2019 advocacy priorities, which include leading efforts to improve coverage and access to health care; exploring new approaches to making health care more affordable; ensuring adequate state and federal funding for hospitals; reducing stigma and improving access to behavioral health care; strengthening the health care workforce and increasing funding for graduate medical education; and easing statutory and regulatory burdens for providers. 

Registration Open for Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar

CHA’s annual members-only Hospital Employee Safety and Workers’ Compensation Seminar – set for March 14 in Costa Mesa and March 20 in Sacramento – will include facilitated roundtable discussions, a question and answer session on the various workers’ compensation challenges hospitals face daily, and a discussion of the toll California wildfires took on two hospitals’ leadership and staff.