Hospital Operations

About Hospital Operations

California’s hospitals and health systems employ more than half a million people — the front lines of health care in the state. Hospitals have the deepest respect and appreciation for health care workers — the hundreds of thousands of women and men who give of themselves each day to care for others.

Priority 1 for every hospital and health system is the safety of patients and workers, and hospitals endeavor to provide their staff with wages and benefits that are unmatched anywhere else in the nation.

By doing these things, and working with legislators and policymakers, hospitals are able to ensure the needs of the patients and communities they serve will continue to be met.

CMS to Rescind Prior Audit Denials for Mid-Build Exceptions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is rescinding prior audit denials for hospitals that failed to qualify for the “mid-build exception” to the site-neutral payment policy. CMS will review each previously failing provider’s audit findings for compliance with statutory requirements, as well as for accuracy and completeness.

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.  

Framework for Health Information Sharing Is Key to Better, Smarter Health Care for All Californians

“California hospitals have made significant investments and engaged in numerous national initiatives over the past decade that enable vital patient data and health information to be shared electronically between providers, as well as between patients and their caregivers,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the California Hospital Association. “We all share the goal of […]

CHA Reminds Members That Despite Federal Standards, Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS Still Applies in California

As hospitals under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authority have been actively implementing the emergency temporary standard (ETS) released on June 10, the American Hospital Association has been encouraging hospitals to comment on the regulation, arguing that the “OSHA COVID-19 ETS would jeopardize … the collective efforts by the field to follow […]

New All Facilities Letters on Public Health Officer Order Provide Clarifications

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released additional clarifications on the state public health officer order on unvaccinated health care workers that was released on July 26. These clarifications are contained in All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-27 for general acute care hospitals (GACHs), AFL 21-28 for skilled-nursing facilities, and AFL 21-29 for acute psychiatric hospitals.   Key clarifications in the AFLs include:  […]