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Budget and SGR Reforms Advance

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Last night the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. The Senate is expected to do so today, and the President has indicated he will sign the measure. The vote in the House was 332-62; nine Californians voted against passage. The legislation contains both good news and bad news for California’s hospitals.
Also this week, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees reported bipartisan legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for physician Medicare payments. They will continue to work toward a permanent solution during the first quarter of 2014. The financing mechanisms for offsetting the cost of repeal have not been released. Payments to hospitals continue to be vulnerable as the committees look for as much at $150 billion over the next 10 years to pay for the SGR repeal. 
CHA has provided the attached summary of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 with additional information about the hospital-related provisions.

CHA Members Take Hospital Message to Capitol Hill

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CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner was joined by 10 representatives of CHA member hospitals in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3 for the CHA and American Hospital Association hospital advocacy day. The group met with about half of the California Congressional delegation, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and Sens. Boxer and Feinstein.

Sheree Lowe

Sheree Lowe has been Vice President of Behavioral Health at CHA since 2002.  In this capacity, she staffs CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) Advisory Group and represents the interests of Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APH), behavioral health units in medical/surgical hospitals, and Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals (CDRH) providing both in and outpatient mental health and  substance use disorder services – commonly referred to as behavioral health. Since 2010, she has also advocated on matters relating to behavioral health in our  community hospital emergency departments. She also represents the interests of hospital-based outpatient clinics (HBOC) providing primary care services. Currently, she staffs the Behavioral Health Action Coalition, a CHA/NAMI-CA co-founded coalition made up of over 50 statewide organizations focused on elevating both the hospital and community behavioral health delivery system in California.  

Duals Demo Timeline Changes Included in Proposed State Budget

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 state budget proposal, released Jan. 10, includes a delay in implementing the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), which will transition individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal —dual-eligibles — into managed care. It will also integrate long-term care services and supports into managed Medi-Cal. CCI implementation is now scheduled for September 2013, rather than June 2013 as originally planned. Under the revised timeline, beneficiaries will receive notice of changes no sooner than June 2013. Beneficiary enrollment schedules have also been modified and will vary among the designated counties: in Los Angeles County, enrollment will be phased in over 18 months; in the County of San Mateo, beneficiaries will be enrolled at once; and in Orange County, County of San Diego, County of San Bernardino, County of Riverside, Alameda County, and the County of Santa Clara, enrollment will be phased in over 12 months.

House Subcommittee Passes Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies held a mark-up of its fiscal year 2013 appropriations bill today, reducing the HHS discretionary budget by $1.3 billion below current levels. If signed into law, the bill would restrict use of any HHS funds to implement the Affordable Care Act and would rescind funds authorized for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Prevention and Public Health Fund and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund. The legislation also would eliminate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality effective Oct. 1, 2012. Members of the California congressional delegation on the subcommittee voted along party lines, with Rep. Jerry Lewis (R) joining the majority to pass the bill, and Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) and Barbara Lee (D) opposing the bill. While the legislation will likely pass the full appropriations committee, it will not pass the Senate. CHA expects a final budget to be resolved in a conference committee.

California Hospitals Pleased by Supreme Court Decision Upholding Access to Coverage Under ACA

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The California Hospital Association (CHA) is pleased by today’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  California’s hospitals have long supported the goal of expanding coverage to the uninsured.  Today’s ruling means that California will continue to make progress towards this goal.

DSH Task Force Urges Congress to Protect Medicaid

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CHA has joined with California’s safety-net hospitals on the Disproportionate-Share Hospital (DSH) Task Force to send a letter to members of the California congressional delegation urging them to protect the Medicaid program from any additional cuts to hospital payments. As the House searches for spending reductions to offset the elimination of cuts to defense spending, proposals have emerged to reduce states’ ability to use Medicaid provider taxes and DSH payments. These programs provide critical means for hospitals to bolster their ability to preserve health care services for the state’s most needy patients. CHA will continue to advocate against further cuts to hospitals as the House continues its budget reconciliation process. The DSH Task Force letter is attached. 

Archive of Federal Regulations

Below is a list of archived federal regulations with links to CHA’s corresponding actions, including summaries, comment letters, and DataSuite.


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AHA Lists Alternatives to Medicare and Medicaid Cuts to Providers

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Measures to curb federal spending by trimming Medicare and Medicaid payments are options in the current deficit reduction environment. Providers already face billions of dollars in Medicare andMedicaid payment cuts. Efforts to further cut Medicare and Medicaid payments to providers jeopardize access to high quality healthcare services for America’s seniors and the poor. True entitlement reform and approaches to change the healthcare delivery system are needed – not provider cuts.

Associate Membership Program

CHA’s Associate Membership Program (application form) is available to non-hospital companies that support the vision, mission and activities of the California Hospital Association and the hospitals and health systems that belong to CHA. Through this exclusive membership program, Associate Members will be granted access to extensive policy and regulatory updates, data projections, research and financial analysis, legal opinions and analysis, and industry news.

Law firms, consulting companies, insurance providers and other interested entities may apply to join CHA by completing an Associate Membership Application. Applicants will be asked to provide references from member hospitals. CHA’s Executive Management Committee will grant membership to qualified entities.

Membership Benefits

Access to members-only website, which includes extensive proprietary information
Subscription to electronic communications including CHA News and member memos
Ability to subscribe to selected distribution lists on the CHA website
Listing in the annual Membership Directory 
Listing on the CHA website as an Associate Member
Member pricing for CHA education programs and publications
Access to selected members-only education programs
Advanced invitation to sponsor or exhibit at CHA education conferences

Membership Structure and Pricing

$10,000 for companies with less than 10 professionals (including consultants)
$25,000 for companies with 10 or more professionals (including consultants)

How to Apply

Interested companies should complete an Associate Membership Application.

Other Opportunities

Through CHA there are a number of other opportunities for companies that want to support the member hospitals, gain access to hospital executives, and enhance their company’s visibility.

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CHA hosts conferences year-round that give providers of health care services and products the opportunity to meet face-to-face with hospital executive management. Our conferences and symposiums each have unique audiences including rural hospitals CEOs, medical rehabilitation experts, skilled nursing administrators, behavioral health care providers and emergency preparedness coordinators and their disaster planning teams.

To subscribe to receive additional information regarding future sponsor or exhibitor opportunities, visit the Sponsors & Exhibitors page.

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The three regional associations in California offer membership programs. To learn more, contact the regional associations as follows:

The Hospital Council – Northern and Central California
Hospital Association of Southern California
Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties