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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s happening: New and updated advocacy materials are available for your use.
What else to know: Each packet contains an infographic, key messages, and an issue brief.
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.
What’s happening: CHA will host the 2024 Rural Health Care Symposium on March 4-5 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.
What else to know: Registration is open. CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle and Stroudwater Managing Director Jeff Sommer are confirmed as speakers. The agenda is being finalized.