Every year, California’s hospitals treat millions of patients, many of them covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health care safety net. This includes numerous essential health care services for Californians, including care for more than 50% of all births, 46% of behavioral health-related emergency department visits, 58% of rural hospital patient care days, 1 million inpatient stays, and nearly 16 million outpatient visits in 2018. CHA is committed to protecting Medi-Cal rates and assuring that the state’s neediest maintain access to the high quality of care that all Californians deserve.
On Sept. 21, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that it is delaying the implementation of the Provider 274 file for determining contracting status relevant to Medi-Cal managed care directed payment programs.
To assist members in navigating the No Surprises Act final rule, CHA will host a complimentary webinar from 11 a.m. to noon (PT) on Sept. 30.
On Sept. 9, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) uploaded three new hospital-directed payment encounter files, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. It is important for hospitals to download these files as soon as possible, as the site is only intended for file transfers, not ongoing storage, and uploaded files will be […]
In June 2022, the Legislature and governor approved a $308 billion budget for the state fiscal year spanning from July 2022 through June 2023. In late August, the Legislature passed and the governor is expected to approve revisions to the 2022-23 Budget Act, which generally redirect, build upon, or provide statutory parameters around actions previously […]
Join CHA’s Chad Mulvany and Amanda Hayes-Kibreab, partner at King & Spalding, as they provide insight and guidance for members navigating the No Surprises Act final rule.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently announced the incorporation of new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-approved ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes related to COVID-19 into the diagnosis-related group inpatient hospital payment methodology, retroactively to April 1. The following diagnosis and procedure codes will now be reflected in the methodology of determining a hospital’s […]
On Aug. 25, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced its intent to award contracts to commercial managed care plans to deliver Medi-Cal services beginning in 2024.
On Aug. 1, the Department of Health Care Services notified district hospitals and private hospitals of their tentative eligibility for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) and virtual DSH, also known as DSH replacement, for fiscal year 2022-23. Hospitals have until Sept. 12 to review their DSH eligibility determination and may correct and resubmit their data if […]
On July 26, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its Medi-Cal Rx contractor Magellan announced a delay in the first wave of reinstatement of prior authorizations for new start medications in 11 therapeutic drug classes from late August to Sept. 16.