CMS Issues Final Revisions of Co-Location Guidance 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final guidance on hospital co-location with other hospitals or health care facilities.   The guidance — which is revised from earlier 2019 draft guidance — clarifies how CMS and state surveyors will evaluate space-sharing or contracted staff and service arrangements for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. CHA is reviewing the draft guidance and will […]

CHA Chart Highlights Differences Between State and Federal Vaccine Mandates

In response to member questions, CHA has created a side-by-side comparison of the three federal vaccine mandates and the California public health officer order requiring health care workers to be vaccinated.   California hospitals that participate in the Medicare or Medi-Cal program must comply with the state public health officer order and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for another 90 days, effective Oct. 18.   The 90-day renewal puts the public health emergency in place through Jan. 16, 2022, and ensures flexibilities — like waivers and special rules tied to the declaration — remain in place for providers.