About Quality

California’s hospitals prioritize the quality of care they deliver, and the safety of their patients above all. To help hospitals continuously improve quality, reduce medical errors and adverse events, and maximize patient safety, CHA partners closely with the Hospital Quality Institute.

HQI’s work includes reducing patient harm, reducing health care-associated infections, reducing hospital readmissions, improving patient experience and improving maternal/child outcomes. Hospitals and health systems that belong to HQI use it as an source of performance data and analytics to focus improvement opportunities and take best practices to scale. In addition, the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO), the nation’s largest and longest operating patient safety organization, is a division of HQI.

CHA Updates Federal Quality Measures Inventory

CHA has issued its federal quality measure inventory to reflect the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual rulemaking for federal fiscal and calendar years 2022. Notably, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS finalized limited changes to federal quality reporting requirements.    The Excel workbook lists quality measures required for federal public reporting and performance-based programs for hospitals and other […]

CHA Issues CY 2022 OPPS Final Rule Summary

CHA has issued a detailed summary of the calendar year 2022 outpatient prospective payment system final rule.   The policy and payment provisions in the final rule are effective beginning Jan. 1, 2022.   The summary highlights key provisions of the final rule, including:    Increased hospital price transparency penalties   OPPS payment for 340B-acquired drugs  Inpatient-only list   Ambulatory surgical center (ASC) rate update  ASC covered procedures list  Radiation oncology model  Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program  CHA members are invited […]

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 […]

CHA Webinar to Address Workplace Violence Prevention

As hospital staff report an increase in the frequency of violent acts in the emergency department, inpatient, and outpatient settings, CHA will host a members-only webinar on Dec. 15 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. (PT) that will review Cal/OSHA workplace violence mitigation plan requirements.   The webinar will also discuss the American Hospital Association Hospitals Against Violence Initiative, featuring the Creating Safer Workplaces guide. […]

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 […]