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.
CHA — along with the California Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Texas Hospital Association — has submitted a letter to Secretary Miguel Cardona urging the U.S. Department of Education to open a negotiated rulemaking process for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The purpose of the rulemaking process would be to correct the […]
At CHA’s request, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel guidance for health care personnel in hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs).
On June 8, Cal/OSHA submitted emergency regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to define “normal consumption.” As currently drafted, the emergency regulation defines “normal consumption” as the average consumption of specified personal protective equipment (PPE) type and size over a two- year period, with a 200% cap. This approach raises significant concerns, as CHA believes that […]
CHA has submitted comments to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on Cal/OSHA’s June 8 emergency regulations pertaining to the stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE), which define “normal consumption” as the average consumption of specified PPE type and size over a two-year period, with a 200% cap.
The Hospital Association of Southern California has released a COVID-19 Vaccination Communications Toolkit that contains customizable fliers, posters, and social media assets that hospitals can share via their own communications platforms.
Because undecided individuals tend to act when people they trust speak positively aboutCOVID-19 shots, health care professionals can play an important role in countering vaccine misinformation and complacency to get more Californians vaccinated.
In 2016, the city of Los Angeles enacted an annual, phased-in minimum wage increase that was modeled after the state’s minimum wage law. The city’s minimum wage is separate and higher than the state minimum wage. On July 1, the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles will increase to $15 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
On Monday, CHA issued an Alert asking hospitals to write and call their assembly member to oppose Assembly Bill (AB) 650 (Muratsuchi, D-Torrance) and to write and call their state senator, asking them to oppose Senate Bill (SB) 213 (Cortese, D-San Jose).
A new California law significantly changes the scope of practice for nurse-midwives. On Nov. 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (PT), CHA will host a complimentary, members-only webinar to detail the changes that take effect on Jan. 1.
Senate Bill 1237, which the Governor signed into law on Sept. 18, will expand the scope of practice for nurse-midwives in California. On Nov. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. (PT), CHA will host a webinar where experts will explain current law, changes in the new law, and what compliance looks like, as well as answer participants’ questions. For more information or to register, click here.
Assembly Bill (AB) 890 (Wood, D-Santa Rosa), which was signed into law on Sept. 29, will authorize a nurse practitioner who meets certain requirements to practice without physician supervision. The new law will improve access to health care by allowing nurse practitioners greater freedom and flexibility to practice in communities with insufficient primary care services. Details about the changes that will be implemented with AB 890 are available here.