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CHA Provides Additional Details on CY 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week issued the first of two separate regulations finalizing provisions for the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS). Notably, a second final rule on previously proposed price transparency provisions is under review by the Office of Management & Budget. However, CMS has considerable flexibility on the timing of finalizing and implementing these policies.

Driving Health Care Innovation

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California’s hospitals are leading the way in support of innovative, comprehensive solutions to the challenges we face. Work with the state and federal governments, as well as private payers, to develop innovative and simplified payment models that improve quality and decrease costs.

CMS Issues CY 2020 Home Health PPS Final Rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule for the prospective payment system (PPS) for home health agencies (HHAs) for calendar year (CY) 2020. The provisions in the rule will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. 

Register Today for 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference

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The 2020 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Last year, the conference focused on innovative strategies to address the transformations within health care. The 2020 conference theme — Engineering Change. Inspiring Leadership. — will focus on how to best plan and motivate volunteer leaders to adapt to these changes. 

The conference, which is presented by the California Association for Hospitals & Health Systems (CAHHS) Volunteer Services, is designed for hospital volunteer leaders, paid staff who manage volunteer programs, community partners, and hospital inter-professional peers looking to expand their services through the use of volunteer programs. 

The conference will provide an excellent forum to meet and network with other leaders who believe volunteering is a core strategic function of every hospital organization.

Registration for attendees, sponsors, and advertisers is available exclusively online on the conference web page.

Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach until Jan. 24, 2020. To book a room at the conference hotel, call (800) 233-1234 and reference CAHHS or California Hospital Volunteer, or visit www.calhospital.org/CAHHS-2020-hotel.

Updates for the Week of Oct. 28

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the following information:

Provider Claims Must Include Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers by Jan. 1, 2020
Webcast: Submitting Your Medicare Part A Cost Report Electronically Webcast, Nov. 5
Success with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar, Nov. 14
IRF/LTCH/SNF Quality Reporting Program Submission Deadline Nov. 15
Nursing Home Compare Refresh
Final OASIS D-1 Data Submission Specifications Available
October 2019 Hospital Compare Data Updates Available
Final Rule Rescinds HIPAA and ACA Requirements for a Health Plan Identifier and Other Entity Identifier

State Offers Hospitals Financing Options for Additional Backup Generators

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The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) reminds public and nonprofit hospitals that it offers financing options, including bonds or loans, if they need to invest in additional backup generators to ensure electricity and continuity of operations during power outages. The flyer linked above includes details about CHFFA’s bond financing program, tax-exempt equipment financing program, and the HELP II loan program, as well as contact information for additional details.

OSHPD to Host Stakeholder Meeting on New Psychiatry Residency Grant Program

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The Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) will hold a psychiatry residency stakeholder meeting Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Sacramento to solicit feedback on developing a psychiatry residency grant program.

OSHPD is exploring development of the program as part of the psychiatric education capacity component of the 2020-25 Mental Health Services Act Workforce Education & Training Five-Year Plan.

The meeting will include a discussion of survey responses received from educational and training programs, hospitals, and county behavioral health directors.

Those interested in attending the meeting are asked to register online. For more information, contact OSHPD at MHSAWET@oshpd.ca.gov.