The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released revised proposed regulations on adverse events reporting on March 23 for a 15-day public comment period. On April 6, CHA submitted its comment letter. This reiterates CHA’s previous comments where clarification was still needed, namely:
Experts predict it isn’t a matter of if California hospitals will experience professional liability and employment claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a matter of when. To provide strategies for potential litigation that might be coming hospitals’ way, CHA will host a webinar on COVID-19: Preparing for Potential Litigation on April 20 from 10:30 […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will immediately resume hospital survey activities for all complaints. Previously, CMS was operating under guidance — which expired March 22 — limiting surveys to Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) complaints. Effective March 23, survey activity resumed in accordance with non-long-term care guidance issued on August 17. In the updated guidance, CMS details the following:
Today marks the day that hospitals are required to have a personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile per Labor Code 6403.3. The law is clear that the stockpile must consist of seven identified items of PPE in amounts equal to three months of normal consumption. Among other questions, the definition of normal consumption remains unresolved. While […]
CHA has submitted comments to the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury related to the implementation of the No Surprises Act. The legislation limits patient out-of-pocket costs to the in-network amount for emergency medical care provided by out-of-network facilities and providers and in certain situations where care is delivered at an in-network facility by an out-of-network provider.
As previously reported, Assembly Bill 2537 requires hospitals to maintain a stockpile equivalent to three months of normal consumption for specified personal protective equipment (PPE) as of April 1.
CHA has issued a summary of the No Surprises Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The No Surprises Act addresses surprise medical billing at the federal level, with most sections of the legislation effective Jan. 1, 2022. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor will issue regulations and guidance to implement numerous provisions.
Breaches to hospital data systems can happen fast and be devastating. To help hospitals avoid these breaches, CHA and Hospital Council — Northern & Central California will host a webinar, Ransomware and Emerging Cyber Threats, on Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PT).
CHA has issued a summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the proposed rule announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would make changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule.
As reported previously, California’s general acute care hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile law – Assembly Bill (AB) 2537 – requires hospitals to be prepared to report specified PPE data as of Jan. 15. CHA developed and has updated frequently asked questions to assist hospitals with implementation.