Coronavirus

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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:

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CDPH Updates Hospital Visitor Guidelines On March 16, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its recommendations — not requirements — related to hospital visitors in All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-38.6. Specifically, CDPH recommends:

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CDPH Updates Guidelines for Vaccine Eligibility On March 11, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued three documents updating its guidance on prioritizing individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to providing important clarifications on the implementation of vaccines for people with high-risk medical conditions or disabilities, the guidance adds categories of individuals in specified settings who are eligible to be vaccinated due to […]

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CDPH Adopts CDC Guidance on Quarantine of Vaccinated Persons; CDC Releases New Recommendations on Vaccinated Persons in Non-Health Care Settings On March 5, at CHA’s request, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) revised All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-08 to adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidance that — as a strategy to alleviate staffing shortages — hospitals […]

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Transition Continues to Blue Shield Vaccinator Network As previously announced, the state of California has contracted with Blue Shield of California to create a statewide network of COVID-19 vaccine providers. A hospital, clinic, pharmacy, or other entity that wishes to administer COVID-19 vaccines after March 31 must sign an agreement with Blue Shield. The contract, which […]

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Updated Implementation Timeline Announced for Statewide Vaccine Network  Today, the state of California and Blue Shield of California announced in a press release that on March 1: 

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State Provides Limited Additional Information on Third-Party Administration of Vaccination This slide deck provided by the state offers limited additional information about the new statewide vaccination network for which Blue Shield of California is the state’s third-party administrator. Of note:

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State Posts Vaccine Inventory by Hospital On Feb. 15, the state published the amount of vaccine reported on hand for each vaccine provider (under “Toggle Views,” select drop down for “Provider Detail”). Multi-county entities are reported in aggregate, instead of by each hospital campus. The posted data are reported daily by each provider into the Centers for […]

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Update on CDPH COVID-19-Related Waivers Hospitals report that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to process requests for additional staff and will maintain staffing waivers until those staff arrive. As a reminder, all existing approved COVID-19 staffing-related waivers ended at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8 (per All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-26.6) unless CDPH explicitly […]

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Urgent Steps Hospitals Should Take If Nurse Staffing Ratio Waivers Are Still Needed CHA has been advised by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of the steps that hospitals must take to maintain any needed staffing waivers. As a reminder, all existing approved COVID-19 staffing-related waivers end at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8 (per All […]