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Medicare Inpatient Rule: Mandatory Bundled Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the Transforming Episode Accountability Model (TEAM), which will hold selected hospitals accountable for the cost and quality of certain surgical procedures. TEAM aims to improve outcomes for Medicare patients undergoing certain high-volume surgical procedures while reducing Medicare spending.

CHA Aims Critical Access Hospital Social Media Campaign at Lawmakers

What’s happening: This week, CHA launched a social media campaign highlighting the challenges rural hospitals – particularly critical access hospitals – face and urging lawmakers to act so that rural health care is preserved.  

What else to know: The campaign is intended to cultivate support for Senate Bill (SB) 1423 (Dahle, R-Bieber), which would provide additional financial help for California’s critical access hospitals (a concurrent budget effort is underway). CHA-sponsored SB 1423 will be heard in the Senate Health Committee on April 24. 

CHA Issues Alert Ahead of OHCA Hearing

Earlier this week, CHA issued an alert urging members to testify at next week’s Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) board meeting. With the board’s final decision on a spending target expected at either the April 24 or May 22 board meeting, it is crucial that hospital voices continue to be heard. The board is […]

CMS Proposes Inadequate Inpatient Payment Update

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed fiscal year (FY) 2025 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule falls short of what hospitals need to keep up with rising costs and health care needs.  

What else to know: The rule includes a net market basket update of 2.6%. As a result of all proposed changes, CMS estimates that hospital inpatient payments will increase by $3.2 billion in FY 2025. Comments are due June 10.  

CHA-Opposed “Neglect” Bill Not Moving Forward This Year

What’s happening: A CHA-opposed Assembly bill that would have expanded the definitions of elder abuse and neglect will not move forward this year. 

What else to know: Assembly Bill (AB) 2800 (Kalra, D-San Jose) would have expanded the types of conduct that constitute elder abuse and lowered the standard of proof a plaintiff must meet to recover on such claims. CHA’s opposition to this bill centered on its undermining of the stabilizing influence of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).