CHA has issued a summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule that accelerates the timeline for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to take on downside risk.
At the January meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended that Congress increase the rate for hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems (PPS) by 2 percent in federal fiscal year (FFY) and calendar year (CY) 2020.
New resources are available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help providers who care for children with serious emotional disturbances, including those caused by disasters. The resources define “serious emotional disturbance,” address emotional disturbances during disasters, highlight disasters’ emotional impact on children and teens, clarify complex trauma and how it can impact children, and explain causes of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and teens.
On Jan. 16, CHA submitted a comment letter to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) on its proposed amendments that would clarify how sales and use tax is applied to medical items furnished by hospitals.
Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued its final All Plan Letter (APL) 19-001, specifying contractual requirements that must exist between Medi-Cal managed care plans (MCPs) and hospitals for a hospital to be considered a network provider.
A new report from the Department of Managed Health Care examines the degree to which providers were able to offer timely appointments in response to patients’ requests, based on provider-reported data from measurement year 2017.
In All Facilities Letter 19-03, the California Department of Public Health outlines requirements for a federal grant available to skilled-nursing and nursing facilities.
Requirements for billing outpatient physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech language pathology (SLP) services have changed as of Jan. 1.
CHA has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its release of preliminary findings from the national beta test of standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADEs).
Earlier this month, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) sent hospitals invoices covering fee-for-service cycle 8 of the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program. The cycle eight invoice covers Oct. 1, 2018-Dec. 31, 2018, and was due Jan. 2. DHCS collected enough fees to pay nearly 100 percent of the modeled cycle eight Medi-Cal fee-for-service payments, and will issue payments to providers on Jan. 21.