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Discount Registration Ends Friday for Behavioral Health Care Symposium

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Registration discounts for CHA’s 14th Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium, themed “Be the Voice,” end this Friday, Nov. 15. The conference will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Riverside Convention Center, with accommodations at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center.

CDPH Launches Anti-Vaping Ad Campaign Aimed at Young Adults

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched an advertising campaign called Outbreak, targeting young adults and parents, in response to the growing teen vaping epidemic and the increase in vaping-related lung illness.

VA and TriWest Move Forward on Veterans Community Care Network for California

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced resolution of the protest to the contract awarded to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. for Region 4 — including California — of VA’s Community Care Network (CCN). As a result, VA will move forward with implementing CCN Region 4 in partnership with TriWest and will provide an update on the timing in mid-2020.

Board of Pharmacy Updates Guidance for Compounding Drug Preparations

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The California Board of Pharmacy released an informational statement this week intended to give compounding pharmacies some direction in light of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) revised and new chapters, which have been delayed.

Hospitals Joining Forces Can Expand Access and Quality — and Shrink Costs

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“When considering cost containment, are researchers and policymakers considering hospital system membership separate from market concentration? They probably should.”

That tweet, posted by the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, references a study it just published on hospital system participation and health care spending. The study offers an important counter-perspective to the conventional wisdom that hospital “systemness” increases costs.

Recent public discourse about hospital integration often assumes that it contributes to overall health care spending, but the USC researchers discovered some trends to the contrary that must be considered:

Hospital system membership and market concentration are two different issues. The researchers found that hospital systems are not strongly correlated with market concentration and tend to have a broad reach beyond geographic markets. 
States with the highest proportion of system hospitals tend to have lower per capita hospital costs. California ranks as the ninth lowest state in per capita hospital costs (75% of hospitals beds in the state are part of hospital systems).

What we also know about hospitals that join forces within systems is that they improve their ability to leverage resources, innovation, and technology. This creates efficiencies for coping with burdensome regulations and enables a shift of resources to quality initiatives. In many areas — like rural and underserved communities — system integration preserves access to care by keeping open hospitals that might otherwise shutter.

Patient care in the 21st century has meant more hospitals reinventing themselves to meet their patients’ and communities’ needs by integrating and, in so doing, creating more options for people to get the right care at the right time and in the right setting.

This new data suggesting hospital systems yield lower health care spending means that policy makers will need to reconsider some common assumptions if they want to preserve high-quality care while keeping costs in check.

In 2020, as California lawmakers focus more keenly than ever on the issue of health care affordability, integration will be part of the discussion — and studies like these, which demonstrate the need for more research, will be critical to shifting the tone in the Capitol.

— Carmela

CMS Issues CY 2020 End-Stage Renal Disease PPS and DMEPOS Final Rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule updating the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) and policies related to durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) for calendar year (CY) 2020. The provisions of the final rule are effective on Jan. 1.

District Court Blocks ‘Conscience Rule,’ Deeming it Unconstitutional

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A U.S. District Court judge has voided the Trump administration’s controversial “conscience rule” regulation, which would have protected health care workers who refused to take part in certain health care services — such as abortion, sterilization, and assisted suicide — on religious or moral grounds.