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Update on 2022 Outpatient PPS and Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rules Participant Information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its calendar year (CY) 2022 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule on July 19. CMS estimates that Medicare expenditures under OPPS will increase by $1.35 billion based on changes in the proposed rule. CMS also issued its calendar year (CY) 2022 physician fee schedule (PFS) proposed rule on July 13. CHA is hosting a members-only webinar to discuss updates to these proposed rules […]

New CDPH Testing and PPE Requirements for Unvaccinated Health Care Workers

On July 26, Gov. Newsom announced new measures to encourage state workers and health care workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes a new state public health officer order that requires health care and congregate settings, including hospitals, to ensure that unvaccinated personnel undergo at least weekly COVID-19 testing and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).   The new […]

No Surprises Act: Implementation for California Hospitals

On July 1, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (tri-agencies) released an interim final rule implementing the No Surprises Act.   Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, the Act, among other things, prohibits balance billing by limiting cost sharing to the in-network amount for:   Emergency services provided by out-of-network facilities and providers  Certain situations where a patient receives care from an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility    […]

Provider Relief Funds Updates Webinar

On Friday (6/11), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements. As requested by CHA and others, the revised guidance extends the time granted to recipients to use the funds. The updated reporting requirements and time frames apply to recipients of General, Targeted, and Skilled Nursing Facility and […]

White Bagging — Medication Distribution Payer Changes

How familiar are you with “white bagging?” Maybe you’ve heard of it but aren’t sure what it is or how it affects your facility. Here’s a quick explanation: white bagging means payers reimburse third-party pharmacies, which then distribute the medications to outpatient medical providers, removing your ability to make changes to a patients’ medication. This […]

FFY 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Updates Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule.  CMS proposes to increase payment rates by approximately 2.8% in fiscal year 2022 compared to FFY 2021 for hospitals paid under the IPPS that successfully participate in the hospital inpatient quality reporting program and are users of meaningful […]

2022 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Proposed Rule Updates Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed rule updating the inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2022. This CMS proposal is estimated to increase overall payments by $90 million compared to fiscal year 2021. Megan Howard, CHA’s Vice President of Federal Policy, will provide […]

CalAIM: Enhanced Care Management

California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), is a multiyear process led by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), with goals to improve the health outcomes and quality of life experienced by Medi-Cal patients. CalAIM initiative, originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, implementation, was postponed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. In January, […]