CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The policy and payment provisions in the final rule are effective for FFY 2022 discharges, beginning Oct. 1.
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.
CHA has issued a members-only copy of draft comments on the calendar year (CY) 2022 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule. CHA encourages members to use the draft as a template for their own comments, which are due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by 2 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 17.
On Sept. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule detailing the enforcement provisions related to the No Surprises Act (NSA). The proposed rule:
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.
On Aug. 23, the state Attorney General (AG) sent a letter to 191 California perinatal health care facilities asking them to submit, by Sept. 20, proof of compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 464 (Statutes of 2019, Ch. 533). This law requires hospitals to provide initial and refresher training to perinatal personnel on implicit bias in maternity care, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
CHA submitted comments on the calendar year (CY) 2022 physician fee schedule proposed rule. In the letter, CHA: Urges CMS to work with Congress to address significant payment reductions to the proposed conversion factor and physician payments Urges CMS to continue to support the expansion of telehealth by finalizing proposals to maintain Category 3 telehealth services until the end of CY […]
CHA submitted comments on the interim final rule with comment period implementing the No Surprises Act. In the letter, while CHA supports efforts to reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs for health care, CHA raises a number of concerns with provisions of the interim final rule, including the qualified payment amount calculation and notice and consent process. Additionally, CHA asks the tri-agencies to protect patients from confusion and consumers from higher premiums — resulting from […]
On Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon (PT), CHA — in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) — will host the annual CDPH Leadership Updates and District Sessions meeting.
On Aug. 24, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21-33, which requests that hospitals and other licensed facilities provide contact information for a designated emergency contact and, optionally, an alternate point of contact. CDPH requests these updates from time to time through an AFL.