What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals related to texting patient information.
What else to know: Hospitals should use a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant secure texting platform that complies with Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation.
What’s happening: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued long-awaited regulations implementing changes to requirements for sharing substance use disorder (SUD) patient data.
What else to know: The CHA-supported regulations are intended to better align SUD record-sharing rules with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
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What’s happening: Assembly Bill 133 (Statutes of 2021) outlined the requirement for health care providers, plans, and other entities to exchange health information in real time for treatment, payment, or health care operations.
What else to know: In July 2023, the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation released the Data Exchange Framework (DxF) and data sharing agreement (DSA), which outline the initial requirements for health information exchange for health and human services organizations in California. To facilitate compliance with the DxF, CHA has gathered current information regarding the DxF, the DSA, and related policies and procedures.
What’s happening: Assembly Bill (AB) 1392 expands the existing requirements for the Hospital Supplier Diversity Program for 2025.
What else to know: Beginning with the July 2025 report, hospitals must include their plans for increasing procurement from diverse suppliers, contact information for interested businesses, and descriptions of the procurement processes.
What’s happening: As a condition of participation, Medicare-certified hospitals must complete attestation and acknowledgment of physicians with newly granted admitting privileges in the previous calendar year.
What else to know: Attestation statements for 2022 should be submitted by Dec. 29.
What’s happening: CHA has submitted comments in response to proposed changes to the No Surprises Act independent dispute resolution process.
What else to know: Comments were due Jan. 2.
What’s Happening: Draft policies for the California Data Exchange Framework (DxF) have been released by the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation (CDII) and are open for public comment.
What Else to Know: Comments are due to CDII by Dec. 18 for the participant directory policy and by Dec. 21 for the fees policy.
What’s Happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released resources on the newly finalized price transparency machine readable file (MRF) requirements.
What Else to Know: Hospitals have until July 1, 2024, to comply.
What’s happening: Assembly Bill (AB) 1392 (2023) expands the Hospital Supplier Diversity program by requiring additional reporting information for hospitals, effective July 1, 2025.
What else to know: A fact sheet from the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) outlines the statutory changes and time frames for program implementation.