At the California Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) Affordability Board meeting earlier this week, members discussed new protocols healthcare entities engaging in transactions must take, including the potential for a cost and market impact review (CMIR).  Regulatory changes will go into effect on Jan. 1st, 2024, and fall under Senate Bill 184, which was … Read more

At California’s Health Care Affordability Board (HCAB) meeting last month, members analyzed Oregon and Massachusetts’ healthcare spending targets, while taking major considerations on the design process. The HCAB is a decision-making body that is charged with setting statewide and sector-specific cost targets.  David Seltz, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, told the board … Read more

During its inaugural meeting on March 21st, the newly formed California Office of Health Care Affordability’s Health Care Affordability Board (HCAB) discussed healthcare spending in the state, elected its first chair, and reviewed potential state spending targets. The HCAB falls under the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI). Its eight members were appointed … Read more

On March 20th, the California Nurses Association joined Asm. Matt Haney (D – San Francisco) outside of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco to welcome the introduction of Assembly Bill 1001. The bill would create standards and procedures for hospitals to ensure staffing levels are available to immediately respond to behavioral health emergencies in … Read more

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of members to California’s Health Care Affordability Board under the state’s new Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA). The board will consist of eight members and is in charge of setting statewide and sector-specific spending targets. “As a physician, I’ve seen too many patients struggle to pay … Read more

From now until June, the California Office of Health Care Affordability’s (OHCA) Health Care Affordability Board will begin regularly meeting, appoint its Health Care Affordability Advisory Committee, and begin the emergency regulations process to collect data on total healthcare expenditures from payers. California’s Health Care Quality and Affordability Act, or Assembly Bill 1130, was designed … Read more

In continuation of its commitment to protecting an individual’s right to reproductive healthcare, California issued funds January 5th to increase the number of providers offering crucial reproductive healthcare services. Through California’s Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), the state is accepting applications for the distribution of $20 million in grants under the Clinical … Read more