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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:

Updated Quarantine AFL Offers Flexibility During Critical Staffing Shortages

Also on Sept. 9, CDPH revised its quarantine guidance for health care workers with the release of AFL 21-08.4. The guidance now includes a section titled “Return to Work for Hospital HCP diagnosed with COVID-19.” This section specifies that during critical staffing shortages, as a last resort, hospitals may consider allowing HCP with suspected or confirmed […]

HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Providers

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will make available $25.5 billion in additional COVID-19 relief funding. The application portal for the additional funding will open on Sept. 29. Additionally, the agency also announced a 60-day grace period for Reporting Period 1 and provided initial details on the Phase 3 […]

CDPH Corrects State Cost-Sharing References in Urgent Staffing Shortage AFL

On Sept. 7, CDPH released AFL 20-46.3 on urgent staffing shortages. The only substantive update to this AFL is that the state has discontinued its cost sharing of staffing resources through the state staffing contract. The state previously announced in late spring 2021 that it would discontinue that cost-sharing program, and this AFL removes references […]

San Joaquin Valley Continues to Transfer Patients Statewide, State Using Public Health Officer Regions for Transfer Trigger

Since Sept. 3, transfers from hospitals in the San Joaquin Valley to hospitals throughout the state have been required when clinically appropriate and capable as determined by the hospital leadership and Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC). This is in place until at least today, Sept. 9. If the San Joaquin Valley continues to remain […]

Coyle Focuses on Nurse Staffing Crisis in CapRadio Interview

As COVID-19 continues to surge in some parts of the state and hospitals gear up for a busy end of year, CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle spoke to Vicki Gonzalez of CapRadio’s Insight (available at 24.50 mark) about the nurse staffing crisis that could threaten care.   

Biden Issues COVID-19 Action Plan with Vaccine Requirements for Health Care Workers, Federal Employees & Contractors, Private Sector Employees

Today President Biden announced his COVID-19 Action Plan. As part of the plan, President Biden issued an executive order requiring all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated with no option for being regularly tested as an alternative and an executive order directing that this standard be extended to employees of contractors that do business with the federal government.