CHA News

CDC Updates Tuberculosis Screening Recommendations for Health Care Personnel

In All Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-28, the California Department of Public Health has announced a nationwide shortage of the tuberculin skin test antigen Aplisol, as well as new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for tuberculosis screening of health care personnel. The notice also reminds providers that an approved program flexibility is required if a facility deviates from tuberculosis screening requirements.

Free Member Forum to Explain ‘Public Charge’ Final Rule

The Trump administration’s “public charge” final rule could significantly impact hospitals’ relationships with patients and the communities they serve. To help hospital staff better understand the rule, CHA will hold a members-only forum, “Public Charge Final Rule: How to Communicate with Patients,” Sept. 12 from 1-3 p.m. (PT).

The webinar will:

Mental Health Resources Available for Families of First Responders

The Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a series of fact sheets for the families of first responders, intended to help them understand and cope with the potential mental health issues that emergency personnel may face, and to help children understand their parents’ role at work.

CHA Issues Summary of CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

CHA has issued a two-part summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule updating the Medicare physician fee schedule, quality payment program, and other Medicare Part B payment policies for calendar year 2020. Comments on the proposed rule are due Sept. 27.