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CHA Education Events

Dec. 6 & 7: Behavioral Health Care Symposium – 2021 Forward Motion: Moving a Crisis Into Action The Hospital Quality Institute’s “Care for the Caregiver” webinar is available as an on-demand recording. For more information about CHA education programs, visit calhospital.org/education-publications.

CMS to Host Webinar on Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Private Payer Data Collection and Reporting Policies 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. (PT) to provide updates and key information on the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) private payer data collection and reporting policies. Registration is required.  The next CLFS data reporting period for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests is Jan. 1 through March 31, 2022, and is based on the original data collection period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019.  

Two Opportunities Support Behavioral Health Infrastructure Projects 

The California Department of Health Care Services and Department of Social Services are launching two new programs to support infrastructure projects: the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) and the Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program.  These investments will ensure behavioral health care can be provided in the least restrictive settings by creating a wide range of options, including outpatient alternatives, urgent care, peer respite, wellness […]

U.S. House Democrats Advance Physical Infrastructure Bill  

Late Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-206 to advance President Biden’s $1 trillion physical infrastructure legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.   The five-year spending bill includes a CHA-supported provision to invest $65 billion in broadband as well as funding to improve cybersecurity. The majority of the bill’s funding is directed toward roads, bridges, ports, rail transit, […]

House Advances CHA-Supported Bill to Support Front-Line Health Care Workers

On Nov. 4, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee passed by voice vote a modified version of the CHA-supported Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667). The version that passed aligns with the bill (S. 610) that the Senate passed in August.   The bipartisan legislation is named for a doctor who led the emergency […]

California Congressional Delegation Signs Bipartisan Letter on Implementation of No Surprises Act

In the U.S. House of Representatives, 152 members — including 25 members of the California congressional delegation — have signed on to a bipartisan letter to the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor asking the agencies to correct the independent dispute resolution process included in the second No Surprises Act interim final rule.  CHA thanks hospital leaders for their response to an alert asking members to […]