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DHCS to Issue Revised Fee-For-Service Cycle 10 Invoice for 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program

Later this week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will send hospitals a revised invoice covering the last fee-for-service (FFS) payment (April-June 2019) related to the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program. While the due date to DHCS will remain July 3, the overall fees for each hospital will be less than previously shared due to a slight over-collection from the Hospital Fee Program managed care cycles MC 1 and MC 2a (Jan. 1, 2017-June 30, 2018).

HQI Annual Conference Agenda Announced

The agenda for the 2019 Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) Annual Conference is set. To be held in Sacramento Oct. 14 and 15, the conference is the premiere event for advancing patient safety and quality initiatives.

CHA Urges Department of Managed Health Care to Clarify Exceptions to New Licensing Requirements

Yesterday, CHA submitted comments on the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) draft guidance implementing its recently finalized Knox-Keene licensure regulation. The regulation greatly expands the types of financial arrangements requiring a license, and hospitals are encouraged to consult with counsel to determine how the new requirements will impact their organization.

More Than 300 Members of Congress Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Delay of Medicaid DSH Cuts

A total of 302 members of Congress signed on to a bipartisan House letter urging Congress to delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals for at least two years. An overwhelming majority — 48 of 53 — of members of the California delegation cosigned the letter. CHA strongly supports this bipartisan effort and thanks members for their engagement on this critical issue.

White House Considers Mandatory Rate Disclosure

The Trump administration is considering mandating insurers to disclose their negotiated rates for hospital services. This follows a proposal earlier this year that would require hospitals and physicians to inform patients of the full cost of care prior to care being administered.

Draft Federal Legislation Addresses Surprise Billing

The Chair and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Reps. Pallone (D-NJ) and Walden (R-OR), released draft legislation to address the issue of surprise billing and asked stakeholders to submit comments by May 28. CHA sent a letter to the California congressional delegation outlining our priorities.

Authors
  • Ryan Witz
    Group Vice President, Policy