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.  

IRF Patient Assessment Training Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the availability of web-based training on conducting a standardized cognitive assessment and the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) for inpatient rehabilitation facility providers. The training includes interactive exercises to test knowledge related to the assessment and coding of the BIMS.  

CHA Updates COVID-19 Data Reporting Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated its COVID-19 data reporting requirements, and these changes were incorporated into the CHA Tracker on March 31.  

CHA worked with the California Department of Public Health and HHS to update the data reporting guidance* to offer a fuller explanation on how to record data for these updated fields. The following updates to the data reporting guidance were made: 

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President Biden Releases 2022 Discretionary Budget Request

On April 9, President Biden submitted his $1.2 trillion discretionary spending budget to Congress for federal fiscal year (FY) 2022. Of the amount, $769 billion is requested for non-defense spending, a 16% increase from the prior year. The budget request includes a 23% increase in spending for the Department of Health and Human Services ($132 billion requested) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the largest budget increase in nearly two decades ($8.7 billion requested).  

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CMS Updates for the Week of April 5

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the following updates this week:​​​​

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