Health Equity

About Health Equity

Disparate health outcomes are often the result of historic and systemic inequalities and unequal access to health care. This is untenable in a just society. That’s why California’s hospitals are committed to ensuring every Californian receives equitable, high-quality care. Hospitals alone cannot eliminate health disparities; it will take systemic reform and broad partnerships to improve the status quo. View snapshots of health indicators for CA’s legislative and congressional districts.

HQI Releases CHPSO Annual Report

What’s happening: The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has released its CHPSO Annual Report, an overview of the most significant work done on behalf of hospitals in 2023.  

What else to know: HQI is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of patient care in hospitals and health care systems and oversees the Collaborative Health Care Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO). The focus of CHPSO is on improving patient safety and quality of care by collecting, analyzing, and sharing data on adverse events and near misses in health care.  

Reminder: Supplier Diversity Reports Due July 1

What’s happening: The deadline to submit annual supplier diversity reports to the Department of Health Care Access and Information is July 1.    

What else to know: If you are unable to submit on time, you can request a 30-day extension. A penalty of $100 per day is charged for each day the report is late. 

CHA Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule

What’s happening: CHA asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase the payment update in comments on the federal fiscal year 2025 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule. 

What else to know: Members are encouraged to use CHA’s letter as a template to submit comments, which are due on June 10. 

Summary: Final Rule Expands Health Care Access to DACA Recipients

What’s happening: A summary is available of the final rule recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to health care for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  

What else to know: All provisions of the final rule are effective on Nov. 1. 

HHS Issues Rules on Nondiscrimination in Health Care

What’s happening: The Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) issued two final rules to strengthen nondiscrimination protections in health care.  

What else to know: These rules also aim to ensure equitable access to health care. Hospitals will need to update their policies and procedures to comply with the new rules. 

House Approves Bills Focused on Rural Health Care

What’s happening: The House Ways and Means Committee approved six bills that address a wide range of pressing health care issues facing rural communities. 

What else to know: CHA will continue to work with members of the California delegation to support these measures and urge their passage into law. 

Doula Access in Hospitals: What the Law Requires

Join this webinar and learn more about creating a partnership between your hospital and the doulas that serve your geographic area. Learn about the legal requirements associated with doulas as well as best practices from a hospital with a successful doula program.