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DHCS Releases New Hospital Directed Payment Data Sets

Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released a new hospital directed payment data set, available via the Secure File Transfer Protocol site. The site is intended only for file transfers, and uploaded files will be deleted within 45 days. The data cover state fiscal year 2017-18 Phase 2 (Jan. 1–June 30, 2018), and the name of the new file will be “HospitalName_1718_P2.”

Proposition 56 Graduate Medical Education Grant Application Cycle Opens

Grant applications for California’s graduate medical education (GME) CalMedForce program are being accepted through Oct. 28. The $40 million in available funding is allocated for primary care and emergency medicine residency programs, with priority given to programs that benefit medically underserved areas and populations.

Alternate Destination Provisions Removed From Proposed Paramedic Regulations; Pilot Projects Extended

In its fourth round of requesting public comments on proposed regulations for paramedic training and scope of practice, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) removed provisions permitting paramedics to transport patients to sobering centers and mental health crisis stabilization units. Simultaneously, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development announced it will extend authorization for pilot alternate destination projects through November 2021.

CHA Releases Final Draft Model of 2019-21 Hospital Fee Program

Yesterday, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) submitted a final draft of the Hospital Fee Program (VI) fee and payment model to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Over the past six months, CHA has worked closely with DHCS in finalizing the next hospital fee program. The model should be considered a final draft until the state receives official CMS approval, though CHA and DHCS do not expect significant changes during the CMS review and approval process.

CMS Issues Final Rule on Hospital, Home Health Discharge Planning

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule revising requirements for discharge planning for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies. The provisions in the final rule will take effect in approximately 60 days, and CMS will provide additional interpretative guidance in the near future.       

One Team – United in Purpose, Principles, and Practice

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — African Proverb

This message is a bit of an experiment.

It’s the first time the four of us, your association CEOs, are writing to our members collectively. And there’s an important occasion for this new approach.

Over the past year, we and our teams have made a purposeful, sustained effort to improve the way we work together, so that we can be more effective when advocating for hospitals, more efficient when drawing on each other’s expertise, and, ultimately, better at providing you with the best possible experience whenever you need us.

When it comes to the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Council – Northern & Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, there is no wrong door, and our teams are more connected than ever to make sure you get the help you need from the right person.

What does this look like in practice?

It’s a full continuum of advocacy — at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels, so you’re covered no matter where help is needed.

This is only possible thanks to the work over the past year to build a unified team from four disparate organizations — efforts that have yielded an unprecedented level of collaboration, as we’re eliminating redundant practices, leveraging internal expertise, and sharing information like never before.

All of this is powered by a new vision for our associations — the One Team concept. This paradigm breaks down those all-too-common, invisible work walls and helps each team member focus on what they, as individuals, can do to advance a goal.

From Eureka to San Diego, Sacramento to Los Angeles, and east to Washington, D.C., you have the full support of every one of your associations, and that support is strengthened by the work we’ve done (and continue to do) to amplify each other’s strengths.

Put another way, we are an integrated team, across the state, working for you.

We are four associations serving the same members.

We are one team, united in purpose and principles.

And we are grateful to you, our members — for your trust in us to support the life-saving and life-changing work you do each day for the people of California.

— Carmela, Bryan, George, Dimitrios