In an effort to combat the stigma associated with mental illness, Mitch Gluck, assistant hospital administrator at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, shared his and his family’s personal experience with Our Health California, a digital community focused on health care.
On March 14, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will issue the first supplemental fee-for-service (FFS) payment related to the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program. The payment will account for the approximate 6 percent shortfall that occurred with the FFS cycle 1 payment in February of 2018.
Earlier this week, Cal/OSHA released the 2017-18 Report on Workplace Violence Incidents, which addresses hospital incidents reported through the Cal/OSHA online reporting tool.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare, which were last updated in December 2017.
CHA will host a call on March 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. (PT) to solicit member input on possible changes to Title 22 regulations. CHA will use this input to inform its comments to the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Care Quality, which has released seven All Facilities Letters (AFLs) requesting stakeholder feedback.
March 7, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Pacific Time
The California Department of Public Health’s Center for Health Care Quality is seeking stakeholder input on possible changes to Title 22 state regulations for several areas relating to hospital provision of therapy, rehabilitation and other services. Comments are due by March 22, 2019.
For each therapy service area, Title 22 regulations include provisions addressing requirements for staff and staff supervision, space, and equipment and supplies.
Earlier this week, CHA attended a Senate Health Committee informational hearing that examined strategies across all purchasers and programs that have the objective of improving the care delivered to people with chronic conditions.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued additional guidance for laboratories that are required to report private payer data for laboratory tests under the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS). CHA urges any hospital with a laboratory that bills Medicare on a Form CMS-1450 14x Type of Bill to carefully review the guidance to determine its status as an applicable laboratory.
Today, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will release the final Phase 1 (June 1-Dec. 31, 2017) encounter volume charts for the Hospital Fee Program to all health plans and hospitals. The data will be available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site.
A new informational series from the California Health Care Foundation explains various facets of the Medi-Cal program, including a program overview, challenges of program eligibility and enrollment, the process and challenges of payments to Medi-Cal managed care plans, the 2019 edition of Medi-Cal facts and figures, the intersection of Medi-Cal and behavioral health, and the Medi-Cal budget process.