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.
CHA Comments on Modifying HIPAA Provisions to Improve Coordinated Care
CHA has submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in response to a request for information about modifying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules.
Discount Deadline Near for CHA/AHA Joint Advocacy Program
The discount deadline for the annual federal policy event has been extended. CHA encourages hospital leaders to register before the March 1 early bird deadline to receive substantial savings.
This year, CHA will combine its federal advocacy event for members — formerly known as the California Congressional Action Program — with the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting, April 7-10 in Washington, DC. The combined programs maximize hospital leaders’ time and investment for just one fee.
Update Issued on Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver
Twenty-four counties have now been approved to deliver services through the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver, according to a recent update from the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), with 16 additional counties in various phases of implementation.
Value-Based Care Conference Provides Strategies for Hospitals and Health Systems
CHA’s upcoming Transforming to Value-Based Care: Strategies for Hospital Success conference — to be held Feb. 25-26 in Pasadena — will offer valuable learning and networking opportunities for both acute and post-acute care leaders.
CHA to Hold Webinar on Hospital Fee Program Updates
A CHA members-only webinar on Feb. 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. will provide information on recent changes to how Medi-Cal managed care plans can make supplemental payments through the Hospital Fee Program.
Proposed Rules Issued on Interoperability and Information Blocking
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued two proposed rules — one from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the other from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) — intended to improve the interoperability of health information.
Cal Knight Leads 2019 CHA Board of Trustees
Calvin “Cal” Knight, president & CEO of John Muir Health in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, will serve as the chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees in 2019. In his role as chair, Knight will work with the association’s leadership to advance policies and legislation that help ensure all Californians have access to high-quality, affordable medical care.
2017-19 Hospital Fee Invoices Due March 13
Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) sent hospitals invoices covering the first 18 months of managed care cycles for the 2017-19 Hospital Fee Program. Fees are due to DHCS March 13.
DHCS Posts February Stakeholder Update
The Department of Health Care Services has released its monthly Stakeholder Communication Update with information on key programs and services, including the Assisted Living Waiver renewal, Diabetes Prevention Program implementation, Pediatric Palliative Care Waiver, and Medi-Cal telehealth policy.
CAHHS Board Member Honored With James Irvine Leadership Award
Earlier this week, Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH — CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles and a member of the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Board of Trustees — was named as a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The award recognizes her commitment to serving the South Los Angeles area, a long-underserved community with a severe shortage of health care providers.