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 Webinar to Address Workplace Violence Prevention

As hospital staff report an increase in the frequency of violent acts in the emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient settings, CHA will host a members-only webinar on Dec. 15 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. (PT) that will review Cal/OSHA workplace violence mitigation plan requirements.   The webinar will also discuss the American Hospital Association Hospitals Against Violence Initiative, featuring the Creating Safer Workplaces guide. […]

CHA Issues Summary of CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the calendar year 2022 physician fee schedule (PFS) final rule. The rule is effective Jan. 1, 2022.   Part I of the summary details finalized payment and policy provisions under the PFS, including proposals related to:   Telehealth and other services involving communications technology   Evaluations and management visits   Payment for therapy services   Payment for rural health clinics   Appropriate use […]

CMS Issues Final Revisions of Co-Location Guidance 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final guidance on hospital co-location with other hospitals or health care facilities.   The guidance — which is revised from earlier 2019 draft guidance — clarifies how CMS and state surveyors will evaluate space-sharing or contracted staff and service arrangements for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. CHA is reviewing the draft guidance and will […]

CHA Chart Highlights Differences Between State and Federal Vaccine Mandates

In response to member questions, CHA has created a side-by-side comparison of the three federal vaccine mandates and the California public health officer order requiring health care workers to be vaccinated.   California hospitals that participate in the Medicare or Medi-Cal program must comply with the state public health officer order and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]