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.

CMS Issues CY 2023 ESRD Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its calendar year (CY) 2023 end stage renal disease (ESRD) proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule are due 60 days from the date the rule is published in the Federal Register. 

HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth in a HIPAA-compliant manner, including following the end of the national COVID-19 public health emergency.  

Hospital Claims Review Resource Available

Livanta, Medicare’s national claims review contractor, has launched the Livanta Claims Review Advisor — a monthly online educational resource for medical coders, billing, financial and revenue cycle personnel, clinical documentation improvement specialists, utilization review coordinators, case managers, compliance officers, physicians, and other practitioners.