Biweekly Briefing Articles

5 Things To Know: Impact Wellbeing Guide | Population Health Monitoring Presentation | CHA Tagline Translations | HCAI Portal | California University Receives $20M

CDC RELEASES HEALTH CARE WORKER IMPACT WELLBEING GUIDE : The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released the Impact Wellbeing Guide: Taking Action to Improve Healthcare Worker Wellbeing. This guide is the newest addition to the Impact Wellbeing campaign launched in October 2023 and provides a step-by-step process for hospitals to start making organizational changes that will improve the mental health of their employees. 

DYNAMIC POPULATION HEALTH MONITORING PRESENTATION EMPOWERS SAN DIEGO HOSPITALS: A presentation and demonstration on April 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. by the Hospital Quality Institute and SpeedTrack will showcase their comprehensive analytics data platform. The event at the Sharp Prebys Innovation and Education Center is offered in collaboration with Sharp HealthCare. Staff can register and attend via Zoom.  

CHA TRANSLATES REQUIRED PATIENT LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE TAGLINES: Regulations recently adopted by the Department of Health Care Access and Information under the Hospital Fair Pricing Policies Law require hospitals to provide “taglines” on patient documents in several different languages. Taglines inform patients that language assistance services are available, and the California Hospital Association (CHA) has created a tagline sheet with translations in 18 languages. The tagline sheet must accompany certain patient notices, including some related to charity care, financial assistance, and collections. 

HCAI REMINDS HOSPITALS TO REGISTER WITH NEW ONLINE PORTAL: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) notified CHA that a significant number of hospitals missed the Jan. 1 deadline to register for HCAI’s new online charity care portal. Hospitals must register primary and secondary representatives for HCAI to contact if it receives a patient complaint about the hospital’s charity care, discount payment, or debt collection practices. Hospitals were also required to submit certain policy information and financial assistance applications by the Jan. 1 deadline. 

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY RECEIVES $20M TO BUILD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE: California State University, San Marcos announced receiving two transformative gifts totaling $20 million from Price Philanthropies Foundation and Daniel J. Epstein. The funds support a first-of-its-kind model in California to address surging behavioral and mental health employment demands. San Diego Workforce Partnership reports that San Diego County will require more than 18,000 new qualified mental health professionals by 2027. The funding will help embed dual enrollment, professional certificates, and enhanced career preparation in a three-year degree pathway.