CHA News

CMS Issues Post-Acute Care Payment Proposed Rules

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed payment policies for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs), and hospices for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2025.  

What else to know: Comments on the proposed rules are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on May 28. 

CHA Issues Member Alerts on Critical Access Hospital, Seismic Legislation

What’s happening: CHA urges members to show support for Senate Bill (SB) 1423, which would provide financial relief to critical access hospitals, and SB 1432, which would modify 2030 seismic standards to address hospital compliance challenges.  

What else to know: Information below details action to take, timing, and resources for hospitals that want to show their support for this critical legislation.  

Panel Explores Reasons for Hospital Maternity Ward Closures 

What’s happening: The closure of labor and delivery units in California hospitals was the focus of a recent panel discussion sponsored by the nonprofit news organization CalMatters. Peggy Wheeler, CHA vice president, policy, appeared on the panel.  

What else to know: The discussion “No Deliveries: When Maternity Wards Close, Where Do Patients Go?” focused on the pace and impact of maternity unit closures and efforts to protect access. Wheeler shared the reasons underlying these closures, including low birth rates, workforce challenges, and insufficient Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.  

CMS Revises Informed Consent Guidance for Hospitals

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Informed Consent.  

What else to know: The guidance clarifies the need to obtain informed consent from patients to perform important surgical tasks, and sensitive or invasive procedures, as well as examinations outside of the medically necessary procedure.  

CHA Comments on Draft 340B Legislation

What’s happening: CHA submitted feedback on draft legislation related to the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which allows rural and safety-net hospitals to buy outpatient drugs at discounted prices.  

What else to know: The bipartisan SUSTAIN 340B Act considers significant changes to the 340B program.  

BRN Seeks Input on Areas for Improvement

What’s happening: The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) invites registered nurses and community stakeholders to complete its consumer satisfaction survey.   

What else to know: Anyone who has interacted with or been contacted by the BRN is encouraged to complete the survey by May 27.