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Hospitals Can Require Change Healthcare to Make Breach Notifications

What’s happening: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that hospitals and health systems can require UnitedHealth Group to notify patients if their data was stolen during the Change Healthcare cyberattack on Feb. 22.  

What else to know: CHA is urging the California Department of Public Health to make a similar clarification under state law.  

MCO Funding Must be Restored

California’s Legislature has a little more than a week to finalize the state budget for the coming year — no small task given the multibillion-dollar, multiyear deficit at hand. 

Hospital Leaders Press for Worker Protections, Seismic Extension

What’s happening: CHA members and staff visited state lawmakers on Wednesday to promote Assembly Bill (AB) 977 (Rodriguez, D-Pomona) that would increase protections for health care workers in emergency departments (EDs) and Senate Bill (SB) 1432 (Caballero, D-Merced) that would provide a time extension to hospitals from California’s 2030 seismic construction mandates.  

What else to know: Both CHA-sponsored bills passed their respective chambers without a single negative vote. AB 977 moved forward on a 68-0 vote in January and SB 1432 by a 37-0 vote last week. 

CHA Comments on Data Collection for MA Plans

What’s happening: CHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a request for information related to data collection for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. 

What else to know: CHA strongly encourages CMS to use the formal rulemaking process to implement additional data collection and reporting requirements. 

CHA to Host Medicaid Managed Care Final Rule Webinar

What’s happening: CHA will host a members-only webinar on June 4 at 10 a.m. (PT) to discuss the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality rule, which was finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

What else to know: The rule finalizes significant changes and clarifications regarding managed care delivery and finance.    

Behavioral Health Infrastructure Grants Available in July

What’s happening: The Newsom administration will start taking applications for behavioral health infrastructure grants this summer; hospitals will be eligible to apply. 

What else to know: When voters passed Proposition 1 on the March 2024 ballot, they approved a $6.4 billion bond to finance new investments in housing and treatment for Californians experiencing mental health conditions and substance use disorders. 

OHCA Board Approves Advisory Committee Appointments and Deliberates Over Efforts to Expand Preventive Care

What’s happening: At its May 22 meeting, the Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) board discussed OHCA’s proposals to refocus the state’s health care system on prevention and encourage the use of payment arrangements aligned with that goal.  

What else to know: CHA submitted a letter to the OHCA board responding to the finalized spending growth target and urging the board to reevaluate the target annually.  

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