About Coronavirus

As California’s hospitals continue their life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital associations continue to advocate on behalf of hospitals and their patients, in addition to offering these tools and resources:

Application Deadlines for Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund and American Rescue Plan Rural Distribution Clarified

The Health Resources and Services Administration has clarified the deadline for the single application for the upcoming distribution of $25.5 billion in Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund and American Rescue Plan rural distributions. Applicants must complete the first step in the application process by submitting their Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) for IRS validation no later […]

Webinar will Detail Labor and Employment Updates for 2022

To help hospitals comply with the new labor and employment laws taking effect in January, CHA will host a free, members-only webinar on Nov. 9 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. (PT).  Gideon Baum, CHA vice president of policy who specializes in labor and employment issues surrounding hospitals, will provide updates and offer strategies on how CHA members can implement new laws and comply with California regulations.   In addition to the new laws affecting hospitals, webinar attendees will also have […]

CMS Releases Billing Codes for Johnson & Johnson, Moderna Booster Shots 

On Oct. 20, the Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines to allow booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new billing coding for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Current billing codes, payment allowances, and effective dates are available online.  

Labor and Employment Updates for 2022

Join Gideon Baum, CHA’s Vice President of Policy who specializes in labor and employment issues surrounding hospitals, as he provides updates and suggests strategies on how CHA members can implement new laws and comply with California regulations.

FDA Authorizes Booster Doses for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines to allow booster doses for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Specifically, the EUA allows for a single-dose booster in the following circumstances:  The use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to […]

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.   

Q&A with Dr. Carrie Byington of UC Health

OHC sat down with Dr. Carrie L. Byington, executive vice president of University of California Health (UCH), to find out what drew her to California, how preventable differences affect health outcomes, and what the university’s data, expertise, and innovations mean for the Golden State.

State Expands Vaccine Mandate to Include Home Health, Hospice Workers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a new vaccine mandate for direct care workers — including those working in home health, hospice, in-home supportive services, assisted living facilities, regional centers, and others — that expands on previous CDPH actions to mandate vaccines for hospital and skilled-nursing facility employees. The order is effective immediately, with full compliance […]