CHA News

CHA Comments on Proposed Changes to Anti-Kickback Rules

CHA has submitted its comment letter in response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) proposed rule to revise safe harbors under the anti-kickback statute (AKS) and civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules regarding beneficiary inducements. The proposed rule would create new safe harbors for value-based arrangements and patient engagement, and would expand other existing safe harbors.

CHA Comments on Proposed Changes to Stark Law

CHA has submitted its comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule to modernize regulations under the physician self-referral law – also known as the Stark Law. While CHA generally supports many of the provisions outlined in the proposed rule, additional changes are needed to advance the shared goals of care coordination and reduced administrative burden. 

Federal Court Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional; CHA Denounces Decision

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court did not invalidate the entire law, but sent the case back to a Texas district court for a decision about whether other provisions can exist without the mandate. In response, CHA issued a media statement denouncing the ruling and reaffirming its support for the Affordable Care Act.

Hospital Compliance Seminar Date Set, Registration Now Open

Registration for CHA’s annual Hospital Compliance Seminar is now open. The event will be held Feb. 13 in Sacramento and will also be live streamed, enabling attendees to join the seminar from the comfort of their office or conference room and invite colleagues to participate. The one-day seminar will review changes in state and federal law and provide insights to help protect hospitals and their staff.

HQI Announces Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community

California birthing hospitals are invited to participate in the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, aimed at helping hospitals strengthen approaches to mental health in the perinatal period. Download a program description and application, and register for an informational webinar on Jan. 15, 2020.

Updates for the Week of Dec. 16

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Inspector General, and Health Resources and Services Administration issued the following updates this week:

Payment for Outpatient Clinic Visit Services at Excepted Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments: Updated
OIG Report on Incorrect Medicare EHR Incentive Payments
HHS Issues Proposed Rules on Organ Procurement

DHCS to Issue Managed Care Pass Through Invoices for 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) confirmed with CHA this week that the state fiscal year 2018-19 Hospital Fee Program managed care pass through payments will be paid to Medi-Cal managed care plans with their February 2020 capitations. As a result, DHCS will issue the associated hospital fee invoices to hospitals at the end of this month, with an expected due date to DHCS of Jan. 21, 2020.

  • Jackie Garman
    Vice President, Legal Counsel