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.

CMS Finalizes 2018 Proposed Rule for Medicaid Managed Care and CHIP

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that revises Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program regulations intended to reduce state administrative burden and increase program flexibility. CHA provided written comments on CMS’ proposed rule in January 2019.

New Infographic Available on Hospital Fee Program

CHA has developed for members a new infographic on the Hospital Fee Program, highlighting the expected changes between the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program (V) and the 2019-21 Hospital Fee Program (VI). The infographic illustrates the shift in payment structure toward managed care “directed payments,” which requires a hospital to be a network provider to receive a payment. 

Medicaid DSH Cuts Delayed Until Nov. 21 Through Federal Budget Continuing Resolution

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution to provide funding for the federal government for the first few weeks of federal fiscal year 2020, which begins Oct. 1. Of particular note for California’s safety-net hospitals, the measure includes a provision to delay the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts slated to take effect on Oct. 1. The delay is in place until Nov. 21. 

CHA Submits Joint Letter on Proposed Rule to Rescind Methods Assuring Access to Covered Medi-Cal Services

CHA, the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Private Essential Access Community Hospitals, Inc., the California Children’s Hospital Association, and the District Hospital Leadership Forum have submitted a joint letter opposing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule that would rescind current requirements for the way states assure access to covered Medicaid services.

Advisory Group Meeting on Medi-Cal Pharmacy Carve-Out Set for July 24

CHA encourages members to participate in an upcoming meeting on the Governor’s Executive Order that would transition pharmacy services from Medi-Cal managed care plans into the fee-for-service delivery system by January 2021 — which will impact hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Discount Program. The meeting will be held July 24 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Sacramento, and is designed to facilitate community awareness and provide a forum for stakeholder feedback.