The newsroom includes access to CHA News, which provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday and is at the core of CHA benefits. In addition, it is also home to resources such as toolkits and talking points designed to help member hospitals and health systems communicate with internal and external audiences on a range of current health care-related issues. Links to CHA media statements and press releases can also be found here.  

Independent Dispute Resolution Entities to Resume All Payment Determinations      

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued updated guidance that instructs certified independent dispute resolution (IDR) entities to resume making payment determinations for disputes involving items or services furnished on or after Oct. 25, 2022.   Effective March 17, disputing parties will begin receiving a majority of their payment determination notices from the IDR […]

DHCS Releases Private Hospital Directed Payment Encounter Files

On March 10, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) uploaded three new hospital-directed payment encounter files, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. It is important for hospitals to download these files as soon as possible as the site is only intended for file transfers, not ongoing storage, and uploaded files will be deleted […]

CMS Issues New QAPI Interpretive Guidelines

On March 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new interpretive guidelines that explain what hospitals must do to comply with the Condition of Participation for Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI).   The interpretive guidelines are written by CMS headquarters and sent to all state agency surveyors to help them understand how […]

CMS Issues Guidance for States on Medicaid Third-Party Liability Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance for states on two new Medicaid third-party liability requirements. The guidance is based on requirements reflected in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 and from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Gallardo v. Marstiller.  The first new provision increases state flexibility with respect to third-party […]

Physicians Must Consolidate Loans By May 1 to Obtain Loan Forgiveness

Physicians interested in pursuing public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) under new Department of Education rules should consolidate their loans into direct government loans by May 1. Physicians cannot obtain PSLF without a direct government loan.   In December 2022, the PSLF regulations were updated with a fix sought by CHA — that all eligible California physicians can participate […]

President Biden Releases 2024 Budget Request

On March 9, President Biden released his $6.9 trillion proposed budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2024 to Congress.   The proposed Health and Human Services (HHS) budget included in the request contains $144.3 billion in discretionary funding and $1.7 trillion in mandatory funding for FY 2024. The proposed HHS budget also extends the solvency of […]

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