Legal, Regulatory, & Licensing

About Legal, Regulatory, & Licensing

CHA’s legal department works on behalf of member hospitals and health systems in a variety of ways:

  • Advocating before the courts both as a party in litigation and as amicus curiae in important appellate cases
  • Assisting hospital compliance officers, privacy officers, and other staff with compliance with the myriad federal and state laws that govern hospital administration and the delivery of health care. This includes CHA’s California Health Information Privacy Manual, a California-specific resource that compares privacy requirements under HIPAA to state laws, and the California Hospital Compliance Manual, which covers high-risk compliance issues.
  • Representing the interests of California hospitals before state and federal courts in lawsuits involving MICRA, reimbursement, labor and employment, medical staff, and other issues
  • Assistance with medical staff bylaws
  • Expertise in mental health law

This section also includes information about the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Division, which is responsible for the licensure, regulation, inspection, and certification of health care facilities and certain health care professionals in California.

CHA Issues FFY 2023 Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Proposed Rule Summary

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the federal fiscal year 2023 long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system proposed rule recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments on the proposed rule are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 17.   

CMS Finalizes Contract Year 2023 Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans Rule  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a rule finalizing policies for contract year 2023 Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare prescription drug benefit programs.   The rule finalizes proposals on increased agency oversight of plan marketing, expansion and network adequacy, reinstatement of medical loss ratio reporting requirements, and equity-oriented changes to dual-eligible special […]

CHA Alert Urges Legislature to Reject Misguided Community Benefits Proposal

CHA recently issued an alert asking members to write to the Senate Budget Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee and urge them to reject the governor’s budget proposal that would require hospitals to specify, assign, and spend a specified percentage of their community benefits dollars through community-based organizations.   CHA has developed a template letter about […]

CHA Issues FAQs on Debt Collection, Fair Billing Practices

To assist members in the implementation of Assembly Bills 1020 and 532, which pertain to health care debt and fair billing practices, CHA has compiled frequently asked questions. These are the most common questions that CHA has received about the two bills; responses have been provided by the California Department of Public Health.