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:

Federal Court Temporarily Halts CMS Vaccine Mandate Interim Final Rule

On Nov. 30, a federal district court in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. 

CDPH Seeks Updated Information on Monoclonal Antibody Needs

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requesting that providers complete, by Dec. 3, an updated survey to help the agency understand how frequently monoclonal antibodies are being used at health care facilities (both for treatment and as post-exposure prophylaxis).   This information will be used to ensure that CDPH adequately addresses supply, education, and/or resource gaps. CDPH expresses thanks to those who completed the previous survey […]

HRSA Begins Releasing American Rescue Plan Rural Provider Relief Payments

On Nov. 23, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began releasing American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural relief funds to qualifying providers.   Applicants receiving payments will receive an email notification and letter with details on their aggregate payment, including individual payment amount(s) for any eligible subsidiary billing taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) included in their application. ARP rural payment recipients must certify that they will allocate the […]

CPDH Data Reporting to Require Mandatory Influenza-Related Fields

CDPH Data Reporting to Require Daily Mandatory Influenza-Related Fields  For COVID-19 tracker designees  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated AFL 20-31.4, which requires hospitals to report COVID-19-related data. In this update, the influenza-related fields that are currently reported daily will become mandatory on Nov. 30.   CHA understands hospitals’ concerns about data reporting frequency and will continue to ask for […]

CDPH Updates Guidance on Hospital-to-Skilled-Nursing Facility Care Transitions 

The California Department of Public Health has issued updated guidance about the admission and readmission of patients and residents to skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) during seasonal surges and the COVID-19 public health emergency.   All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-87.1 updates previous guidance addressing related SNF policies for testing and quarantine of admissions and re-admissions, including consideration of vaccination status. The […]

Reminder: Provider Relief Fund Reporting Grace Period Ends Nov. 30 

CHA reminds hospitals that the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting grace period for Reporting Period 1 ends Nov. 30.  In September, the Health Resources and Services Administration gave providers who received more than $10,000 in PRF funds between April 30 and June 30, 2020, until Nov. 30, 2021, to comply with the original reporting requirements before recouping the funds or taking […]