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.  

HRSA Provides Funding to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued $424.7 million in funding to over 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation, providing $100,000 per RHC. Funds will be used to maintain and increase COVID-19 testing, expand access to testing for rural residents and broaden efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in ways tailored to their local communities. HRSA plans to award $35.3 million in additional funding to eligible RHCs later this summer. 

Additional information on HRSA’s allocation to RHCs for COVID-19 testing and mitigation is available on the HRSA website.  

HHS Extends Deadline to Use Certain Provider Relief Funds, Announces Reporting Deadlines

On June 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements. As requested by CHA and others, the revised guidance extends the time granted to recipients to use the funds. The table below illustrates that the time frame for using and reporting PRFs will now occur on a rolling basis based on when the funds were received.

Federal OSHA Releases COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard but Cal/OSHA Standards Still Apply to CA Hospitals

On June 10, after much fanfare and expectation, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a COVID-19 emergency temporary standard for hospitals and other health care settings. However, existing California guidance and regulations on masking and social distancing must be followed by California hospitals. 

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CHA DataSuite Releases Quality Measure Trends, FFY 2023 Preliminary Wage Index and Occupational Mix Analyses

CHA DataSuite has issued two hospital-specific analyses for hospitals. The first analysis is of the Medicare hospital federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023 preliminary wage index and occupational mix data — which is designed in the Information Builders (IB) platform — and a second analysis covers the first quarter of 2021 quality program measure designed in the IB platform. 

Integration, Employer Costs Will Be Focus of Coming Fight in DC

The heavy press is on in Washington, DC, as employer interest groups lobby legislators to take action on a pair of issues critical to hospitals: health care costs, which many see as driven higher by increased system integration, and the growing expenses for employers to provide health insurance as a result of those higher costs. 

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Jan Emerson-Shea
Vice President, External Affairs
(916) 552-7516

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