CHA News

CHA DataSuite Releases Revised Data Reports for FFY 2021 Medicare Hospital Wage Index and Occupational Mix

CHA has provided member hospitals and health systems with preliminary reports on Medicare hospital wage index and occupational mix data. The reports are intended to provide a comparative review of the data that will be used to develop the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021 Medicare hospital wage index. Hospitals are urged to review these data and submit requests for corrections by Feb. 14.

CDPH Seeks Nominations for Excellence in Public Health Award

The California Department of Public Health is seeking nominations for its Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, honoring the contributions of public health and health care service professionals who improve the health status of Californians. Nominations are due March 2 at 5 p.m. (PT) and can be sent to Michael.Marks@cdph.ca.gov.

CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D for 2021 and 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Part II 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. This includes proposals related to MA payment methodologies for 2021 — including changes to payment and possible star ratings for end-stage renal disease patients — as well as requests for feedback on changes to prior authorization and initial opioid prescribing.

Updates for the Week of Feb. 3

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

Webinar: CY 2019 eCQM Reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Promoting Interoperability Programs
Deadline March 2: Submission of CY 2019 eCQM Data for Hospital IQR Program and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program
Inpatient Hospital Wage Index Timeline Reminder: Feb. 14 Deadline to Submit Corrections and revisions to January PUFs
Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Services: Comply with Medicare Billing Requirements
Publication of FY 2022 SNF Annual Payment Update Overview Table
Update to the Required Prior Authorization List of DMEPOS

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction, Blocking Enforcement of New Employment Arbitration Ban

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction in the case challenging the validity of Assembly Bill (AB) 51 (2019), which prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign a pre-dispute arbitration agreement as a condition of employment or continued employment. The new law applies to any agreement entered into, modified, or extended on or after Jan. 1.  

CHA Board Meeting Focuses on Advocacy, Path Forward

At its Jan. 30 meeting, the CHA Board of Trustees discussed the 2020 state and federal political landscape and the advocacy agendas for each. Advocacy will focus on two broad categories: protecting patients and communities, and building better health and a better health care delivery system. Priorities include protecting Medicare and Medi-Cal funding, seismic compliance reform, behavioral health care augmentation, and coverage expansion.