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The newsroom includes access to CHA News, which provides timely information to members every 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.  

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CHA Will Host Vitality Payer Scorecard Webinar

What’s happening: CHA is hosting a complimentary, members-only webinar on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. (PT) to highlight the American Hospital Association Vitality Payer Scorecard, which was recently endorsed by the CHA board.   What else to know: The scorecard captures necessary and normalized data points without sharing protected health information. The automated process is based […]

CHA Fact Sheets Show New Behavioral Health Facilities Being Built

What’s happening: To help CHA members learn about new behavioral health facilities being constructed in communities around the state, CHA has created an online document that displays the funds awarded to build various types of facilities by county.  

What else to know: Close to $2 billion in state funds have been distributed throughout California during the past two years to build new behavioral health treatment locations that will serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries.  

CHA Continues to Urge Congress to Reject Harmful Site-Neutral Payment Cuts

What’s happening: Congress has until March 8 to negotiate a potential health care package that could include Medicare site-neutral payment cuts, which are also being considered in several other bills.  

What else to know: CHA opposes the cuts and continues to inform the California congressional delegation of the proposals’ harmful impacts.  

OHCA to Finalize Data Collection Requirements in the Coming Weeks

What’s happening: This week, OHCA released a close-to-final draft regulation and supplemental guidance on the total health care expenditure data collection process, which contains few substantive changes from the prior draft version.  

What else to know: Payers remain responsible for reporting the data under the revised guidance. CHA remains concerned about the lack of transparency and standardization and urges members to contact OHCA on its related spending target proposal using the template letter and talking points included in this week’s alert.  

CMS Updates Hospital Guidance for Texting Patient Info

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals related to texting patient information.  

What else to know: Hospitals should use a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant secure texting platform that complies with Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation.  

Changes Proposed for Accrediting Organizations Requirements

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed changes to accrediting organization (AO) requirements.  

What else to know: The proposed changes are intended to strengthen the agency’s oversight of AOs and prevent conflicts of interest. Comments are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on April 15.  

CHA Opinion Piece Shines Light on Insurer Crisis in Orange County

What’s happening: CHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle shares how vulnerable Californians in Orange County are losing access to health care because an insurance company is dropping safety-net hospitals.  

What else to know: CalOptima has dropped from its network four hospitals that serve people experiencing homelessness, substance abuse disorders, chronic health conditions, and more. CHA is calling for regulators to take action to preserve health care access for California’s most vulnerable patients.   

Federal Judge to Determine Legality of Health Care Employer Provisions in City of Inglewood Ordinance

What’s happening: In a lawsuit brought by CHA, a federal judge is set to rule on whether portions of an Inglewood ordinance conflict with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   

What else to know: The ordinance increases minimum wage for health care workers at a broad range of health care facilities yet prohibits employers from using lawful economic bargaining tools to fund the increase. CHA is not challenging the increased minimum wage.  

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