CMS Updates Hospital Guidance for Texting Patient Info

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.  

Data Exchange Framework Resources Available on CHA Website

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.

Requirements Expanded for Hospital Supplier Diversity Program

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.