CHA News provides timely information to members every Tuesday and Friday at 3 p.m.This section contains a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.
CHA News provides timely information to members every
Tuesday and Friday at 3 p.m.This section contains
a chronological listing of CHA News articles. For
information by topic, please visit the Hospital Topics section.
The California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) will
host a webinar Aug.
1 to share updates about implementation of a new law — Senate
Bill 1254 (Chapter 697, Statutes of 2018) — that requires
hospitals to establish criteria for defining high-risk patients
and complete a medication profile for those patients.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and
Certification Program has published a
State Enforcement Actions Dashboard that allows members of
the public to search for hospital administrative penalties and
medical information breach administrative penalties.
On July 17, the California Building Standards Commission
certified emergency building standards proposed by the Office of
Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to implement
CHA’s sponsored bill from last year,
Assembly Bill (AB) 2190 (Chapter 673, Statutes of 2018).
CHA encourages members to participate in an upcoming meeting on
the Governor’s Executive Order that would transition pharmacy
services from Medi-Cal managed care plans into the
fee-for-service delivery system by January 2021 – which
will impact hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Discount
Program. The meeting will be held July 24 from 9:30-11:30
a.m. in Sacramento, and is designed to facilitate community
awareness and provide a forum for stakeholder feedback.
For the first time, CHA’s Disaster
Planning for California Hospitals conference will take place
on Sept. 11. To honor those who gave everything they had —
and those who continue to put their lives at risk — CHA has
invited a Ground Zero 9/11 first responder, Glen Klein, to help
us remember how that day has shaped our world.
Sutter Health has been named an honoree of the American Hospital
Association’s (AHA) Equity of Care Award for its efforts to
reduce health care disparities and further diversity and
inclusion. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health
systems that have moved beyond plans and achieved a high level of
success in advancing diversity and equity through data
collection, leadership, cultural awareness, and partnerships. The
award will be presented July 25 at AHA’s Leadership Summit in San
On July 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
memo to state survey agency directors including frequently
asked questions (FAQs) that address common inquiries from
psychiatric hospitals about compliance with the Emergency Medical
Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).
On July 1, the California Department of Public Health and the
Emergency Medical Services Authority deactivated the Medical
and Health Coordination Center, which was activated in response
to the April 2019 measles outbreak. Local health jurisdictions
are no longer required to submit weekly situation reports and
cost tracking related to the outbreak. Instead, they should
follow the defined response protocols in the Public Health and
Medical Emergency Operations Manual.
Hospital Quality Institute Conference — themed Respect,
Reliability, Resilience — features sessions on the most critical
issues facing quality and patient safety leaders and
professionals. This year, the conference will be held Oct. 14-15
in Sacramento at the Golden One Center and the Kimpton Sawyer
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Facilities Letter 19-23, issued last week, the California
Department of Public Health (CDPH) outlines an alternative
pathway to hospice licensing recently made available through the
enactment of Senate Bill 1495 (Chapter 424, Statutes of 2018).
Under the bill, CDPH must issue a hospice license to any
applicant that meets certain standards, including approval by a
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-certified national
submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services’ (CMS) proposed rule on accrediting organization (AO)
changes of ownership. The proposed rule outlines a process
by which AOs need to obtain CMS approval for a change in
ownership and the tight time frames that providers with deemed
status must subsequently follow.
CHA has submitted
comments on the
draft guidance on co-location policies for hospitals that
share space, staff, or services with another hospital or health
care entity, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid