Medi-Cal

About Medi-Cal

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.

CHA to Host Member Forum on Draft Medi-Cal Managed Care RFP

On June 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. (PT), CHA will host a member forum to present an overview of the draft request for proposal for the Medi-Cal managed care plan (MCP) contract and the upcoming Medi-Cal MCP procurement that was released by the Department of Health Care Services on June 1.  Ryan Witz, CHA vice president of health care […]

Urge Congress to Protect Program Eligibility for 340B Hospitals During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Action Needed: Urge your U.S. senators and representatives to support bipartisan legislation that preserves program eligibility for certain 340B hospitals during the COVID-19 public health emergency.   To find your senators’ contact information:  www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm  To find your representatives’ contact information:  www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative  Timing: Call or email your representatives and senators by July 2.   Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a reduction in inpatient hospital admissions of low-income Medicare and Medicaid patients. This reduction has negatively affected some […]

Senate Confirms Brooks-LaSure to Lead CMS

Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The nomination was approved 55-44, with four Republicans voting yes.   Brooks-LaSure previously served at the Department of Health & Human Services, including CMS, during the Obama administration and helped implement the Affordable Care Act. Before being nominated to lead CMS, she was […]

White Bagging — Medication Distribution Payer Changes

How familiar are you with “white bagging?” Maybe you’ve heard of it but aren’t sure what it is or how it affects your facility. Here’s a quick explanation: white bagging means payers reimburse third-party pharmacies, which then distribute the medications to outpatient medical providers, removing your ability to make changes to the patients’ medication.