CHA News

CMS Proposes Changes to CY 2021 Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Part I of the calendar year (CY) 2021 Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies, proposing changes to the Part C CMS-Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) risk adjustment model as required by the 21st Century Cures Act, which mandates a 60-day comment period. Comments are due March 6.

CDPH Announces Changes to Application Review Process

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced changes to its health care facility application review process. For applications received Jan. 1 or later, the CDPH Center for Health Care Quality’s (CHCQ) Centralized Applications Branch will issue a single correction letter for application packets deemed incomplete or incorrect, and will not review those packets unless corrections have been submitted within the time frame identified in the correction letter.

State Adopts Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention

The California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission has released a statewide Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention for 2020-25. The plan combines a public health approach with behavioral health interventions, framed by four key strategies: establish a suicide prevention infrastructure, minimize risk for suicidal behavior, enhance early identification of suicide risk and increase access to services based on risk, and improve suicide-related services and supports.

Hospitals Alerted to Potential Cyberattacks by Iran

Following a U.S.-led airstrike last week that killed a leading Iranian general, the federal government believes cybersecurity to be among the highest risks of Iranian retaliation. The American Hospital Association (AHA) yesterday alerted hospitals and health systems to remain vigilant about their data, systems, and networks.

CMS Provides Online Surveyor Training Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality, Safety & Oversight Group reminds providers that online training is available to help surveyors and providers prepare for upcoming surveys. Online courses, web-based training, and video webcasts can be viewed on the Integrated Surveyor Training Website.

  • Kiyomi Burchill
    Group Vice President, Policy