CHA News

OHCA Staff Issues Final Spending Target Recommendation

What’s happening: Yesterday, the Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) released its final recommendation of a 3% spending growth target for 2025-29.

What else to know: CHA submitted comments on this proposal Jan. 18. As CHA continues to advocate for an attainable, sustainable target, members’ support will be crucial in demonstrating the detrimental impact a 3% spending target would have on patient care.

New Federal Electronic Prior Authorization Requirements Finalized

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized policies to advance interoperability and streamline prior authorization processes by using application programming interfaces (API) technology.  

What else to know: The final rule also requires payers to provide a specific reason for denied prior authorization decisions and publicly report certain prior authorization metrics.  

HCAI Opens Hospital Charity Care Portal

What’s happening: Hospitals must register as soon as possible for the Department of Health Care Access and Information’s (HCAI) online policy submission portal, which opened on Jan. 1. 

What else to know: Hospitals must also submit their policies and applications that comply with the new regulations to HCAI, effective Jan. 1. HCAI is authorized to levy penalties of $500 per day for late submissions. 

CHA Files Amicus Brief Challenging HHS Online Tracking Rule

What’s happening: CHA has filed an amicus brief (friend of the court brief) with 16 other hospital associations in a lawsuit challenging a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights. 

What else to know: The rule restricts the use of common third-party web technologies that capture internet protocol addresses on portions of hospitals’ public-facing web pages. 

Off and Running Toward Better Behavioral Health Care

In less than two months, Californians will head to the polls — or the post office for those who prefer mail-in ballots — for the 2024 primary election. A ballot question, Proposition 1, will ask voters to weigh in on whether or not to support a sweeping modernization of the state’s mental health system. This proposal will refocus billions of dollars in existing funds to prioritize Californians with the deepest mental health needs, living in encampments, or suffering the worst substance use disorders. 

Governor’s 2024-25 Budget Proposal Largely Maintains Health Care Commitments

What’s happening: On Jan. 10, the governor released his $209 billion state general fund budget for 2024-25. The spending plan includes a nearly $38 billion (18%) deficit before accounting for solutions.

What else to know: The governor proposes to close the deficit without major cuts to health care programs. The budget still needs to make its way through the Legislature, and the May revision will deliver new and more up-to-date revenue tallies.