CHA has created a two-page resource on the new requirements, including revisions to the definition of “employee” and “qualifying employer,” that will enable California’s nonprofit hospitals to certify physician employment under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
CHA urges members to review these key considerations for hospitals. More detailed information tailored to physicians is available in a resource from the California Medical Association. The U.S. Department of Education recently updated its PSLF program to allow eligible California physicians to participate, despite California’s prohibitions on physician employment by private nonprofit hospitals, clinics, foundations, and other health care entities. CHA has long advocated for these changes, which address an inequity for California’s physicians that has existed since the start of the program.