Seeking State Relief as Workforce Challenges Persist
As you are probably aware, CHA recently submitted letters to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Attorney General that seek relief for the state’s ongoing workforce challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, MD, asked for several things, including:
The letter to Attorney General Rob Bonta asked for his office to investigate skyrocketing prices charged by staffing agencies for traveler nurses and to act accordingly, depending on the findings.
Late last week, Dr. Ghaly responded to CHA’s letter. While his response does address a few of CHA’s concerns such as consideration of team nursing waivers for a region, a reminder to health plans of the flexibilities afforded by the public health emergency, and prioritization for only immediate jeopardy investigations, we do not believe it does enough to help hospitals manage their current problems. CHA is continuing to work with state leaders to address all the concerns.
Now that the recall election is behind us, it’s time for the state and the governor to put the focus back on public health and get down to brass tacks. As the state continues to try to balance the needs and desires of so many — from anti-maskers to labor — until there’s a consensus as to how to best navigate the pandemic, it’s the patients who will suffer.
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