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Agenda Set for 2019 Disaster Planning Conference

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Held Sept. 10-11 in Pasadena, topics include lessons learned from active shooter events, integrating business continuity and emergency preparedness, creating resiliency across the continuum of care, and earthquake early warning systems.

Hospital Fee Program Updates Webinar

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Thank you for registering. Below are important instructions and materials you will need to participate in the webinar.

Hospital Fee Program Updates Webinar

Date: September 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Pacific Time

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Online Advocacy Campaign Draws Wide Support for Behavioral Health Issues

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A recent campaign by Our Health California (OHC) resulted in extensive statewide engagement from the public, who took to multiple channels to urge California lawmakers to improve behavioral health services. The campaign goal was to provide the OHC community with an advocacy ask that they’ve taken action on before, while thanking legislative authors for their leadership in advancing mental health and addiction treatment.

Patients Safe, Health Facilities Operational After Major Earthquakes

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Patients at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and Bella Sera Skilled Nursing Facility are safe, and both facilities are fully operating except for minor repairs after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on July 5 and a 6.4 magnitude tremor the day before, both centered near Ridgecrest. After the first quake on July 4, the critical access hospital’s patients were evacuated, but the Emergency Department continued to triage incoming patients, directing them to other facilities as needed. Following the even larger earthquake on July 5, Bella Sera Skilled Nursing Facility lost power and worked with local, regional and state partners to prepare for evacuation, which ultimately wasn’t necessary.

Hospital Finance and Reimbursement Seminar Will Help Hospitals Prepare for Upcoming Changes

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CHA’s upcoming Hospital Finance and Reimbursement Seminar will address significant, imminent changes to Medi-Cal and Medicare reimbursement. Over the past year, federal and state lawmakers and agencies have made changes that will directly impact how hospitals are reimbursed, ultimately transforming the way care will be delivered in the future.

2019 California Building Standards Codes Available

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The California Building Standards Commission has announced the availability of the 2019 California Building Standards Code, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. The 2016 Building Standards Code remains in effect until Dec. 31, 2019.

Covered California Announces Preliminary Rates and Carriers for 2020

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Covered California announced today that the preliminary average rate change for the 2020 individual market will be 0.8% — lower than the actual average increase over the past five years (7.9%), and the lowest rate change since Covered California first began offering coverage in 2014. 

CHA-Led Behavioral Health Action Coalition Hosts Governor’s New Mental Health Advisor

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Tom Insel, MD, Gov. Newsom’s special advisor on mental health care, spoke on June 25 to the statewide Behavioral Health Action coalition — a group of more than 50 organizations that is co-founded and co-chaired by CHA and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California. Dr. Insel shared with coalition members his ideas for how California can begin to transform its behavioral health system. 

DHCS Requests Updates to Hospital Fee Program Contact List

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Last week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) emailed hospitals requesting updates to their lists of contacts who receive information related to the hospital fee directed payment program. DHCS uses the list to update hospitals regularly as information becomes available for the current and future directed payment programs. Hospitals should complete and return the Excel file (download) to privatedp@dhcs.ca.gov no later than July 19.