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.
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has begun a 30-day public comment period for the California Advancing & Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) Section 1115 demonstration (or waiver). It began on April 6 and will end on May 6. The public comment materials can be found on the CalAIM 1115 Demonstration & 1915(b) Waiver web page. […]
CHA has submitted comments to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on the draft Enhanced Care Management (ECM) and In-Lieu-of-Services (ILOS) requirements.
With the recent Food and Drug Administration approval of COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking federal approval to help support delivery of the vaccine to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Given the ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has decided to delay the full implementation of Medi-Cal Rx until April 1, 2021.
CHA has issued a detailed summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, of the Medicaid Managed Care final rule recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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.
In advance of the transition of pharmacy services to Medi-Cal Rx starting on Jan. 1, 2021, the Department of Health Care Services recently launched a training registration application on the Medi-Cal Rx portal for Medi-Cal prescribers and pharmacies.
In a large showing of bipartisan support, 47 of the 53 members of the California congressional delegation sent a letter urging Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy to eliminate the scheduled cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) for two years.
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.