CHA News

Report Details Severity of Financial Challenges Facing Hospitals 

Last week, the American Hospital Association released a report from Kaufman Hall, a nationally renowned consulting firm, showing that losses in the billions of dollars for hospitals and health systems are expected through 2022, resulting in the most financially difficult year for the field since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. 

CDPH Issues AFL on COVID-19 Therapeutics in SNFs  

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 22-20, which communicates that all skilled-nursing facility (SNF) residents should be considered eligible to receive treatment for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 and should be evaluated by a prescribing clinician for consideration of COVID-19 therapeutics.  

CDPH Ends Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Individuals 

After months of CHA and hospitals inquiring about the requirement to test unvaccinated workers, on Sept. 13, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it is ending COVID-19 policies that required weekly testing for unvaccinated individuals in high-risk workplaces — including hospitals, other health care and congregate settings, and schools. While weekly testing […]

DHCS Releases Private Hospital-Directed Payment Encounter Files 

On Sept. 9, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) uploaded three new hospital-directed payment encounter files, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. It is important for hospitals to download these files as soon as possible, as the site is only intended for file transfers, not ongoing storage, and uploaded files will be […]