The California Hospital Association provides member hospitals and health systems with representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas. CHA advocates to maintain and improve access to high-quality, cost-effective, safe hospital and hospital-related services.
Whether policy is being shaped at the state or federal level, the power and impact of our collective voices strengthen CHA's effectiveness. CHA's dynamic team works collaboratively to maintain a unified statewide network for legislative action, educating and advocating on behalf of hospitals.
The California Hospital Association provides member hospitals and
health systems with representation and advocacy in the
legislative and regulatory arenas. CHA advocates to
maintain and improve access to high-quality, cost-effective, safe
hospital and hospital-related services.
Whether policy is being shaped at the state or federal level, the
power and impact of our collective voices strengthen CHA’s
effectiveness. CHA’s dynamic team works collaboratively to
maintain a unified statewide network for legislative action,
educating and advocating on behalf of hospitals.
CHA collaborates on policies and strategies for health care
issues with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other
national health care organizations. The association maintains a
full-time presence in Washington D.C. to effectively advocate
on legislative and regulatory policy. CHA provides input on
developing federal legislation and regulatory proposals, and
helps shape national positions on important health care issues.
Federal advocacy activities include the annual California
Congressional Action Program held in Washington, D.C.
Supported by the Regional Associations and a number of key
constituency groups, CHA influences public policy development on
behalf of members through both legislative and regulatory
advocacy efforts. This includes effectively lobbying the
Legislature and establishing close working relationships with
state agency officials, regulatory representatives, and the
Administration. The state advocacy program includes the annual
Health Policy Legislative Day in Sacramento.
CHA’s state and federal advocacy program is supported by the
grassroots efforts of the Regional Associations. Regional
activities, such as hosting legislators and meeting with local
officials, are critical to developing and maintaining a unified
network for legislative and regulatory action.
CHA has finalized the 2018 Report on
Legislation, summarizing important state health care
legislation enacted during the second year of the
2017-18 legislative session. Developed to help hospitals
understand the implications of the year’s significant bills, the
report also serves as a reference tool for the broad range of
legislative activity that occurred this session.
In a victory for California hospitals and patients, yesterday
Gov. Brown signed CHA-sponsored AB 2798 (Maienschein, R-San
Diego), which requires the California Department of Public Health
(CDPH) to process all hospital applications — including
performing any necessary on-site survey — within 100
days. In addition, if an application relates to expanding a
service the hospital currently provides and is currently
approved, CDPH must approve the expansion within 30 business days
and issue an updated license, unless the hospital is out of
compliance with existing laws governing that service. An expanded
service approved in accordance with this legal deadline remains
licensed for not more than 18 months, until CDPH approves the
license for a longer period.
AB 2798 also requires CDPH to fully automate the application
process and develop an assistance unit to help hospitals navigate
the application process. CHA sponsored this bill in response to
myriad complaints by hospital members that CDPH processing delays
were impeding access to care for patients.
This week, executives from CHA member hospitals met in nearly 40 federal lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill as part of CHA’s annual California Congressional Action Program (CCAP), May 6-9 in Washington, D.C.
Representing the full spectrum of providers — from large health systems to rural, independent hospitals — hospital leadership advocated for California hospitals’ priority issues, detailed in a series of issue papers. During the congressional visits, CHA members shared their hospitals’ stories about the care they provide to patients, including community-based programs and services, inpatient acute care and post-acute care services. Priority issues discussed with lawmakers and staff included the importance of maintaining the 340B Drug Pricing Program, the need to increase manufacturer quotas to provide an adequate supply of injectable intravenous opioids, and the expectation that Worksheet S-10 data be reliable and valid for use in redistribution of Medicare disproportionate share hospital uncompensated dollars.
“Our members speak for the future health of all Californians. It is crucial that our elected officials hear directly from hospital leaders so that they may properly weigh the effect their policy decisions will have on the patients, families and communities we serve,” said Anne O’Rourke, CHA senior vice president, federal relations.
CHA members — shown here with Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA 53rd District), fourth from left — advocate hospital issues in Washington, D.C.