The HASD&IC Biweekly Briefing provides timely news and information for HASD&IC members and associates and is published on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Key articles and issues of interest from each publication, along with the President’s Message, are included below.

Associate Member Spotlight: Community Health Group

Community Health Group, founded in 1982 by a Federally Qualified Health Center, is the only San Diego-based, not-for-profit managed care plan serving California Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Today, they serve nearly 410,000 members throughout San Diego County. As a local plan, Community Health Group lives in the same communities as their members, and they understand the unique needs of those communities. They are dedicated to serving diverse populations, and their workforce is a reflection of the diversity of their members. Their large network of community hospitals, physicians, and other contracted providers offers access to quality care that demonstrates respect for and understanding of members’ linguistic, social, and cultural diversity and their holistic needs.

5 Things To Know: Public Comments Open on Final Reports for Base Station Hospital System and Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations

The Public Consulting Group plans to present the Comprehensive Evaluation of the Base Station Hospital System and the Trauma Center Catchment Area Designations reports to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Two Zoom meetings will be held on June 5-6 prior to this presentation allowing stakeholders to learn about the evaluation process, review the reports’ findings, hear about next steps, and ask questions. All emergency medical services system stakeholders, health care community members, and the public are invited to participate. Public comments are open through June 30. 

5 Things To Know: Behavioral Health Infrastructure Grants Available in July

When Proposition 1 passed in March 2024, a bond was approved to finance new investments in housing and treatment for Californians experiencing mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The Department of Health Care Services will make applications available in July, when both nonprofit and for-profit hospitals will be eligible to apply. All types of facilities that serve people with behavioral health needs can be established with these grants; everything from outpatient clinics and partial hospitalization programs to inpatient care and crisis stabilization will be eligible. 

5 Things To Know: San Diego County to Host Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Summit

San Diego County is hosting the Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Summit on June 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT). It is the first of two virtual Community Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Academies. With an unprecedented number of cyberattacks against the health care sector, these educational opportunities are timely. The event will feature local, state, and federal agencies that are prepared to help attendees develop both cyber and physical security. Registration is open for the first day and second day of this event.  

5 Things To Know: National Strategy Released to Improve Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Issues

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the release of a national strategy to address the urgent public health crisis of maternal mental health and substance use issues. Recommendations have been developed by the Task Force on Maternal Mental Health, a subcommittee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services. 

The Value that Hospitals Bring to Our Lives

In her poem “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning poignantly captures the essence of hospitals in society:    

“How many desolate creatures on the earth  
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship  
And social comfort, in a hospital” 

5 Things To Know: Certified Wellness Coach Scholarship

New Certified Wellness Coach Scholarship Program: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) launched the Certified Wellness Coach profession earlier this year in its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance behavioral health services for youth. This role is designed to deliver comprehensive prevention and early intervention services, promoting the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of young people. 

5 Things To Know: Covid-19 Data

Hospitals No Longer Required To Report Covid-19 Data To HHS: Hospitals are no longer required to report COVID-19 data mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the National Healthcare Safety Network, effective since April 30. Additionally, discharge reporting of hospitalized COVID-19 cases (All Facilities Letter 21-25) to the California Department of Public Health has been discontinued.  

President’s Message

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