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CHA Publishes Lobbying Percentage of Dues for Medicare Cost Reports

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Hospitals are required to make adjustments to their Medicare cost reports to eliminate the portion of association membership dues related to certain unallowable lobbying expenses as defined by Medicare. Each year, CHA calculates the unallowable-cost portion of association dues, which differ by geographic region and by tax status.

Hospital Leaders Share Insight From Disaster Experiences

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At last month’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference, a panel of hospital executives whose hospitals had been affected by recent fires and mudslides shared their experiences. This video captures some of their struggles and discoveries both during and after major natural disasters.

2019 Mental Health Law Manual Now Available

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CHA’s Mental Health Law Manual has been updated for 2019, featuring a new chapter on the sometimes conflicting laws governing who is financially responsible for services rendered in an emergency department (ED) to Medi-Cal patients with mental health conditions.

New Labor Law Necessitates Review of Employment Classification

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CHA has provided member hospitals with important information about a new test for determining whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor or should be treated as an employee. Assembly Bill (AB) 5 has been signed into law by Gov. Newsom and takes effect Jan. 1 2020, posing greater challenges for hospitals in ensuring they comply with California’s labor laws. 

CMS Announces Updates to Nursing Home Compare, Adds Abuse Icon to SNF listings  

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates to the Nursing Home Compare website. Among the most significant changes is the addition of a new “abuse icon,” which will be used to highlight facilities with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, based on specified criteria. 

Hospitals Will Test Earthquake Readiness in Great ShakeOut Drill

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Hospitals throughout California will participate in the annual Great ShakeOut drill Oct. 17. Intended to help Californians prepare for the next big earthquake, the drill is an opportunity for hospitals to review and update their plans for preventing and minimizing damage and injuries, and to improve their continuity of operations if an earthquake happens. 

Federal Court Injunctions Delay ‘Public Charge’ Rule

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Last week, U.S District Court judges in New York, California, and Washington issued temporary injunctions against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, effectively blocking it from taking effect yesterday. In August, the administration announced changes expanding the federal government’s ability to deny immigrants U.S. entry or adjustment to their legal permanent resident status (e.g., green card) if they are determined likely to become public charges. The new policy adds to the list of programs that may be considered for determining public charge status, including not only cash assistance and long-term care but also certain health care, nutrition, and housing programs.

Hospital Leaders Share Insight From Disaster Experiences

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At last month’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference in Pasadena, a panel of hospital executives whose hospitals had been affected by recent fires and mudslides shared their experiences, reinforced the importance of preparedness, and offered first-hand insight. The video below captures some of their struggles and discoveries both during and after major natural disasters.