About Medi-Cal

More than 15 million Californians rely on Medi-Cal, the state’s health care coverage safety net, for health insurance. Two-thirds of those on Medi-Cal are people of color and often live in communities with a lack of adequate health care providers. Without significant investments to support providers that deliver health care to California’s most vulnerable, millions living in rural and underserved areas are in jeopardy.

House Passes First Package to Fund Federal Government, Includes Health Provisions

What’s happening: The U.S. House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024, which will fund a portion of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. The package includes a group of CHA-supported health care provisions important to hospitals.  

What else to know: Congress has until March 22 to pass a second package to fund the rest of the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services.  

DHCS Releases Distinct-Part Nursing and Subacute Rates

What’s happening: Last week, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) posted updated payment rates for distinct-part nursing facilities (DP-NF) and distinct-part subacute facilities (DP-SA) for adults and pediatrics.   

What else to know: Now that DP-NF and DP-SA services have been fully carved into Medi-Cal managed care plans’ (MCPs) scope of benefits, DHCS has implemented a policy that transitions the DP-NF and DP-SA rate year to a calendar year to align with the Medi-Cal managed care rate year.   

DHCS Issues Private Hospital Supplemental Funds Round B Payments

What’s happening: Over the past two weeks, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) issued Private Hospital Supplemental Fund Round B payments to hospitals eligible for the program in fiscal year 2023-24.   

What else to know: This round of payments to the approximately 90 eligible hospitals totaled roughly $60 million.   

CHA Encourages Members to Participate in the Vitality Index Payer Scorecard

What’s happening: CHA is endorsing member participation in the Vitality Index Payer Scorecard, which will provide critical information to support CHA’s advocacy to hold insurers accountable for timely and accurate reimbursement.  

What else to know: The CHA Board of Trustees has endorsed this tool, which will automatically draw de-identified claims and remittance information from hospitals without requiring additional reporting or surveys.  

CHA Will Host Vitality Payer Scorecard Webinar

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What’s happening: CHA is hosting a complimentary, members-only webinar on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. (PT) to highlight the American Hospital Association Vitality Payer Scorecard, which was recently endorsed by the CHA board.  

What else to know: The scorecard captures necessary and normalized data points without sharing protected health information. The automated process is based on de-identified claims and remittance files and eliminates the need for CHA surveys on this issue.  

CHA Fact Sheets Show New Behavioral Health Facilities Being Built

What’s happening: To help CHA members learn about new behavioral health facilities being constructed in communities around the state, CHA has created an online document that displays the funds awarded to build various types of facilities by county.  

What else to know: Close to $2 billion in state funds have been distributed throughout California during the past two years to build new behavioral health treatment locations that will serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries.  

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.