CHA News

CMS Issues Draft Guidance on Co-location Policies, Comments Due July 2

On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released draft guidance on co-location policies for hospitals that share space, staff, or services with another hospital or health care entity. The draft guidance was issued to clarify how CMS and state surveyors will evaluate these arrangements for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

PG&E to Hold Wildfire Safety Webinar for Hospitals

As previously reported in CHA News, extreme weather and wildfire threats may result in public safety power shutoffs by PG&E. To prepare for these power outages, hospitals can take part in PG&E’s Wildfire Safety webinar for hospitals, scheduled for June 7 from 9-10 a.m. (PT). 

Hospitals Unite to Combat Violence in National Day of Awareness

This Friday, hospitals nationwide will support #HAVhope Friday, a digital media campaign to focus national attention on preventing and ending violence. Sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the initiative shines a light on how hospitals, health systems, and their caregivers work every day to end violence in their communities and protect their employees from workplace violence.

Hospitals Encouraged to Respond to AHA Price Transparency Survey

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a survey on price transparency that is intended to foster understanding of how hospitals develop and implement patient-facing price transparency tools. CHA encourages all AHA-member hospitals to respond to the survey by the June 14 deadline, and to include their hospital name so that the data can be appropriately analyzed.

Supreme Court Rejects Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital Cuts

The Supreme Court ruled this week that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the Medicare Act when, in 2014, it changed the calculation for payments to disproportionate share hospitals (DSH). The 7-1 court ruling could affect billions of dollars in Medicare payments to safety net hospitals.

CHA Issues Summary of IPPS Proposed Rule

CHA has issued a summary of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule (IPPS) and will host a member forum June 11 at 10 a.m. (PT). During the call, CHA will provide a brief overview of key provisions in the proposed rule and solicit member feedback to inform our comments — specifically on the proposed changes to the area wage index and Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

CMS Issues Final PACE Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule revising and updating requirements for Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE provides comprehensive medical and social services to individuals who qualify for nursing home care but can still live safely in the community.