Clinical Care

About Clinical Care

Taking care of patients and their communities is at the heart of what hospitals do, and that wouldn’t be possible without the clinical services that hospitals provide. These services touch all aspects of a hospital’s operations, ranging from the emergency department to behavioral health. Through its numerous area-specific groups, CHA provides advocacy and representation on all aspects of operations — guiding hospitals in meeting regulatory, legal, and licensing requirements.

CDPH Changes Approval Process for Sterile Compounding Physical Plant Construction Projects

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this week released All Facilities Letter 19-19, which updates its application process for new or remodeled pharmacy clean rooms and mobile sterile compounding units (MSCUs). Notably, CDPH will no longer accept incomplete applications for pharmacy clean rooms or MSCUs. CDPH states the update is in response to Assembly Bill 2978 (Chapter 992, Statutes of 2018), which requires CDPH to review or deny applications within 100 days of receipt.

Webinars Begin Next Week on New Opioid Safety Designation for Hospitals

Cal Hospital Compare, a nonprofit performance reporting initiative, will launch an opioid safety designation program for hospitals later this month, intended to accelerate improvement and recognize California hospitals’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. A series of five no-cost webinars — the first to be held May 9 at 11 a.m. (PT) – will explain a self-assessment tool integral to the new designation, and will feature peer-to-peer learning on a variety of safe opioid practices.

EMSA Announces Stroke, STEMI Regulations Will Take Effect July 1

The Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) has released final regulations related to stroke critical care systems and ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) critical care systems. The regulations establish standard requirements for each type of system. CHA worked with members of its Emergency Medical Services/Trauma Committee to provide feedback to EMSA on these regulations, and is pleased to see them finalized. The regulations will take effect July 1.

EMSC Regulations Will Take Effect July 1

New regulations from the Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) establish standardized best practices for emergency medical services for children programs. CHA and member hospitals worked closely with EMSA’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Committee to produce regulations to provide quality care for children needing emergency services, and is pleased to see the regulation finalized. It will take effect July 1.

Health Care Providers Reminded to Be Vigilant in Identifying, Isolating Measles Cases

With 21 measles cases reported in California this year,  the California Department of Public Health has offered detailed recommendations — through All Facilities Letter 19-17 — for identifying and addressing the disease. The cases reported so far have resulted in hundreds of investigations of possible contact as well as transmission of the disease in emergency departments and other health care settings.