The Department of Health Care Services has released its monthly Stakeholder Communication Update. Among other topics, the October edition includes information on the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System services, trauma screenings reimbursement, and expansion of Medi-Cal to adult individuals ages 19-25, regardless of immigration status.
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced last week that it will publicly release the names of hospitals that have signed its 340B Good Stewardship Principles by Oct. 18. CHA encourages any 340B covered entity that has not yet signed on to the principles to join the more than 85% of California 340B hospitals already committed to them.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) now offers a six-session, online program for parents, family, and others caring for a child or young person with mental health symptoms.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed surveying hospitals about their acquisition costs for certain covered outpatient drugs under the 340B drug savings program.
The California HealthCare Foundation has released a new report asserting that hospital consolidation in California has resulted in higher prices for selected health care services.
President Trump has issued an executive order instructing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to pursue policies to strengthen the Medicare program “through alternative payment methodologies that link payment to value, increase choice, and lower regulatory burdens imposed upon providers.”
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently updated the disease and condition reporting requirements and made several significant changes to the list of what must be reported to local health departments, and when.
CMS will hold a listening session next week on the Medicare-Severity Diagnosis-Related Group (MS-DRG) Complication and Comorbidity/Major Complication and Comorbidity Comprehensive Analysis included in the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule. The session takes place at 11 a.m. (PT) on Oct. 8.
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