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HQI Annual Conference Agenda Announced

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The agenda for the 2019 Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) Annual Conference is set. To be held in Sacramento Oct. 14 and 15, the conference is the premiere event for advancing patient safety and quality initiatives.

CHA Urges Department of Managed Health Care to Clarify Exceptions to New Licensing Requirements

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Yesterday, CHA submitted comments on the Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) draft guidance implementing its recently finalized Knox-Keene licensure regulation. The regulation greatly expands the types of financial arrangements requiring a license, and hospitals are encouraged to consult with counsel to determine how the new requirements will impact their organization.

CHA Issues Summary of FFY 2020 Inpatient Psychiatric Facility PPS Proposed Rule

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CHA has issued a summary of the federal fiscal year 2020 inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system proposed rule. The summary describes payment, policy, and quality proposals under the IPF Quality Reporting Program. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 17.

Coaching and Leadership Training Can Help Med Students Avoid Burnout

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Burnout is one of the biggest problems physicians face today. We believe that addressing it early — in medical school — through coaching gives physicians the tools they need to maintain balance and meaning in their personal and professional lives.

We say that after reading comments from participants in our coaching program, “A Whole New Doctor,” developed at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Members Should Review CHA DataSuite Reports for Medicare Hospital Wage Index, Occupational Mix by May 30

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CHA has provided member hospitals and health systems with revised reports on Medicare hospital wage index and occupational mix data analysis. The analyses are intended to provide a comparative review of the wage and occupational mix data that will be used to develop the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 Medicare hospital wage index.

CHA Applauds Court Decision to Move Forward With Implementation of New Liver Allocation Policy

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A federal judge has denied a motion to delay implementation of the Acuity Circle Model, the new liver transplantation allocation policy approved by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) in December 2018. OPTN launched the new liver distribution system on May 14. CHA has long supported this important policy.

More Than 300 Members of Congress Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Delay of Medicaid DSH Cuts

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A total of 302 members of Congress signed on to a bipartisan House letter urging Congress to delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals for at least two years. An overwhelming majority — 48 of 53 — of members of the California delegation cosigned the letter. CHA strongly supports this bipartisan effort and thanks members for their engagement on this critical issue.

White House Considers Mandatory Rate Disclosure

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The Trump administration is considering mandating insurers to disclose their negotiated rates for hospital services. This follows a proposal earlier this year that would require hospitals and physicians to inform patients of the full cost of care prior to care being administered.

Protecting Patients, Avoiding Rate Setting

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Over the past several weeks, as the 2019 legislative session has kicked into high gear and the political realities for some of our top priorities have become clear, we’ve begun to hone our positions on hot-button issues.