CHA, CMA Urge Congress to Eliminate or Delay Upcoming Medicare Cuts

CHA and the California Medical Association (CMA) today sent a joint letter to the California congressional delegation urging Congress to eliminate or delay Medicare cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.   CHA and CMA asked delegation members to support legislation that would both extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts and prevent the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) sequestration — which would […]

National Quality Forum Releases New Measures Under Consideration for Federal Quality Reporting Programs

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released its list of 29 measures under consideration (MUC) for federal public reporting and payment programs, including the hospital inpatient and inpatient psychiatric facility quality reporting programs, the Medicare and Medicaid promoting interoperability program, and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.   This year, NQF has also convened the first advisory group to provide input on the MUC […]

Federal Court Temporarily Halts CMS Vaccine Mandate Interim Final Rule

On Nov. 30, a federal district court in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) interim final rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. 

Hospitals Encouraged to Preview January 2022 Public Reporting Data by Nov. 18 

CHA reminds providers that the deadline to preview the January 2022 public reporting hospital data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid is Nov. 18.   CHA encourages hospitals to thoroughly review the data, as it will be publicly reported on the Care Compare website in January 2022.   The preview period is for hospitals and facilities participating in the hospital inpatient quality reporting, hospital […]

CMS Issues Final Revisions of Co-Location Guidance 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final guidance on hospital co-location with other hospitals or health care facilities.   The guidance — which is revised from earlier 2019 draft guidance — clarifies how CMS and state surveyors will evaluate space-sharing or contracted staff and service arrangements for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. CHA is reviewing the draft guidance and will […]