The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced a statewide effort, the Debt Free 2021 Campaign, to investigate and close backlogged complaints and facility-reported incidents by the end of 2021. In All Facilities Letter (AFL) 19-42, CDPH details the strategies it will use throughout the campaign and the impact it may have on health care facilities.
As a result of CHA’s sponsored legislation, Assembly Bill 2798 (Maienschein, 2018), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched an online portal for licensure applications for general acute care and acute psychiatric hospitals. All Facilities Letter 19-41 provides instructions and resource materials for registering and using the new online portal.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the following information:
LTCH Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by Jan. 9
IRF Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by Jan. 9
Hospice Provider Preview Reports: Review by Jan. 15
Hospice Providers: Volunteer for Alpha Testing of HOPE Assessment Instrument
Download Provider Preview Reports and the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Preview Reports from CASPER
Draft Version of 2020 MDS Item Sets Posted
CHA has submitted its comment letter in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) proposed rule to revise safe harbors under the anti-kickback statute (AKS) and civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules regarding beneficiary inducements. The proposed rule would create new safe harbors for value-based arrangements and patient engagement, and would expand other existing safe harbors.
CHA has submitted its comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule to modernize regulations under the physician self-referral law – also known as the Stark Law. While CHA generally supports many of the provisions outlined in the proposed rule, additional changes are needed to advance the shared goals of care coordination and reduced administrative burden.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will hold a stakeholder meeting Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. to discuss the development of certified nurse assistant and home health aide criminal clearance regulations. The department requests that participants be prepared to provide feedback on a set of questions specifically related to the regulations.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court did not invalidate the entire law, but sent the case back to a Texas district court for a decision about whether other provisions can exist without the mandate. In response, CHA issued a media statement denouncing the ruling and reaffirming its support for the Affordable Care Act.
Registration for CHA’s annual Hospital Compliance Seminar is now open. The event will be held Feb. 13 in Sacramento and will also be live streamed, enabling attendees to join the seminar from the comfort of their office or conference room and invite colleagues to participate. The one-day seminar will review changes in state and federal law and provide insights to help protect hospitals and their staff.
California birthing hospitals are invited to participate in the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, aimed at helping hospitals strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. Download a program description and application, and register for an informational webinar on Jan. 15, 2020.
CHA News will not be published for the remainder of December but will resume a regular publishing schedule Jan.3.