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.

Medical Board Updates Required ‘Notice to Consumers’ Signage

The Medical Board of California (MBC) has updated its required “Notice to Consumers” signage — effective Jan. 1 — for physicians, research psychoanalysts, licensed midwives, and polysomnographic technologists, technicians, and trainees.   For practitioners working in hospitals or clinics, the MBC requires a sign be posted in an area visible to patients, in at least 38-point […]

CMS Issues Guidance, FAQs, Survey Procedures for Rural Emergency Hospitals 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new guidance on the enrollment and conversion process for rural emergency hospitals (REHs), FAQs, and a newly developed State Operations Manual Appendix (Appendix O) with survey procedures.   Interpretive guidelines for REHs are still pending and will be released at a future date.  The state of California […]