On July 10, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion, which found that a county health plan is not protected from liability by the Government Claims Act in a lawsuit brought by hospitals seeking reimbursement for emergency medical care provided to patients covered by the county’s health plan. By doing so, the court agreed with the position advocated by CHA in two separate amicus (friend of the court) briefs filed in connection with the Supreme Court’s consideration of this case.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2023 includes a new Stark Law exception and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbor that allows hospitals and other health care entities with formal medical staffs to offer physicians a “bona fide mental health or behavioral health improvement or maintenance program.” (See CAA, §4126.)
The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion in Hodges v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center that was originally designated as “not to be published” (meaning it could not be cited as precedent in other cases). However, CHA believed that it could provide a helpful precedent for other hospitals and submitted a letter brief requesting that the opinion be published, as did defendant Cedars-Sinai. As a result, the court ordered the opinion published, so it can now be relied upon as legal authority.
CHA’s 2023 Consent Law Seminar, which will be held on May 23 & 31, with a livestream option, is designed to help hospitals stay current on important changes in the law. This is an opportunity to gain insights into legislative and regulatory updates and learn from frontline experiences.
On April 28, CHA will host a webinar on Filing the Triennial Occupational Mix Index Report.
Filing the Triennial Occupational Mix Index Report webinar will cover the basics of the Occupational Mix Adjustment (OMA), the history and calculation of the OMA, and strategies for improving the accuracy of your Occupational Mix data. This session will be hosted by Fred Fisher and Ryan Sader of Toyon Associates, who will share their expertise gained through the submission and audit support of more than 150 Occupational Mix Surveys.
An April 10 webinar will provide members with an update on the CHA-sponsored legal challenge to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ area wage index policies.
Since 2020, CHA has sponsored a legal challenge on behalf of its members to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) area wage index (AWI) policies that harm all California hospitals. Register for this webinar and listen to lawyers from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, P.C. (HLB) for an update on this litigation. Learn about […]
Earlier this week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the dates that retention payment funds will be released. The funds, which must be disbursed by the covered entity within 60 days, will be released in three batches:
CHA has developed the 2023 Consent Law Seminar to help hospitals stay current on important changes in the law. This is your opportunity to gain insights on legislative and regulatory updates and learn from frontline experiences.