California’s shortage of health care workers, which was already struggling to keep pace with the growing demand for services before the pandemic, has only been exacerbated by COVID-19. Statewide, more than 11 million Californians live in an area without enough primary care providers. These patients often face a health care system lacking enough nurses, physicians, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals, lab scientists, geriatric specialists, and physical therapists to provide the care they need. To care for patients across the state, California needs to add 500,000 new allied health care professionals — such as medical assistants, imaging specialists, and other non-nursing staff — by 2024.
Health care offers Californians solid career paths with upward mobility and economic stability, and each year hospitals invest millions of dollars in training California’s next generation of health care providers. But closing the gaps will require partnerships among all who recognize the need to protect the health of Californians: employers, workers, policymakers, colleges, licensing entities, and others. Regulatory changes are needed to improve efficiency and transparency in licensing, address limitations on scope of practice, and enhance education and training for nurses and nurse assistants.
CMS Removes COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Health Care Workers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule withdrawing the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for workers in most health care settings that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement. They include but are not limited to hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities.
Governor Releases Revised 2023-24 State Budget Proposal
On May 12, the governor released the May Revision, an update to his January budget proposal for the fiscal year (FY) extending from July 2023 through June 2024. The Legislature has until June 15 to pass the budget.
CA Reps Introduce Legislation to Address Nursing Shortage
U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (CA-30), Nannette Barragán (CA-44), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE) introduced CHA-supported legislation to provide grant funding to nursing schools to expand their capacity to train nurses by hiring more nursing faculty to teach.
Webinar Will Share Health Workforce Initiatives, Grant Opportunities
It’s no secret that staffing shortages remain a top concern for many hospitals and health systems in California. To assist members looking to expand recruitment efforts, CHA is hosting a May 16 webinar with the Department of Health Care Access and Information on Health Workforce Initiatives.
AHA to Host Advocacy Day on June 6 in Washington, D.C.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) will host an in-person Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C. on June 6 as Congress considers legislation on a number of issues affecting hospitals.
Health Workforce Initiatives
CHA is hosting this webinar with the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) to share initiatives and grant opportunities to support the health care workforce.
HRSA Awards Funds for Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded nearly $23 million to 46 grantees to plan and develop Teaching Health Center residency programs in community-based settings.
Loan Consolidation Deadline for Physician Public Service Loan Forgiveness Extended Through 2023
The U.S. Department of Education has updated guidance for its public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) program to clarify that eligible borrowers should consolidate their loans into direct government loans by the end of 2023. The previously stated deadline was May 1, 2023.
HCAI Makes Changes to Hospital Supplier Diversity Report
The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) has made changes to its Hospital Supplier Diversity Report, which hospitals are required to submit annually on their minority, women, LGBT, and disabled veteran business enterprise procurement efforts.
DHCS Publishes Retention Payment Release Dates and Guidance
Earlier this week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced the dates that retention payment funds will be released. The funds, which must be disbursed by the covered entity within 60 days, will be released in three batches: