Licensing & Certification

About Licensing & Certification

Hospital licensing and certification is complex. CHA offers resources to help hospitals meet robust licensing requirements, including the California Hospital Survey Manual, which explains both California and federal requirements and helps hospitals prepare for the survey process, explains how surveys are conducted, and offers tips for a successful survey.

CMS Updates Hospital Guidance for Texting Patient Info

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals related to texting patient information.  

What else to know: Hospitals should use a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant secure texting platform that complies with Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation.  

Changes Proposed for Accrediting Organizations Requirements

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed changes to accrediting organization (AO) requirements.  

What else to know: The proposed changes are intended to strengthen the agency’s oversight of AOs and prevent conflicts of interest. Comments are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on April 15.  

Data Exchange Framework Resources Available on CHA Website

What’s happening: Assembly Bill 133 (Statutes of 2021) outlined the requirement for health care providers, plans, and other entities to exchange health information in real time for treatment, payment, or health care operations. 

What else to know: In July 2023, the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation released the Data Exchange Framework (DxF) and data sharing agreement (DSA), which outline the initial requirements for health information exchange for health and human services organizations in California. To facilitate compliance with the DxF, CHA has gathered current information regarding the DxF, the DSA, and related policies and procedures.

Requirements Expanded for Hospital Supplier Diversity Program

What’s happening: Assembly Bill (AB) 1392 expands the existing requirements for the Hospital Supplier Diversity Program for 2025.  

What else to know: Beginning with the July 2025 report, hospitals must include their plans for increasing procurement from diverse suppliers, contact information for interested businesses, and descriptions of the procurement processes.   

Draft Policies Available for Public Comment on California Data Exchange Framework

What’s Happening: Draft policies for the California Data Exchange Framework (DxF) have been released by the California Health and Human Services Agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation (CDII) and are open for public comment.  

What Else to Know: Comments are due to CDII by Dec. 18 for the participant directory policy and by Dec. 21 for the fees policy.