The Hospital Council Northern and Central California is the
unified voice of our members, acting as a catalyst to empower
hospitals to act together on issues affecting patient care and
the health status of communities.
We are dedicated to advocating for our member hospitals at the
local and regional level and in support of California Hospital
Association (CHA) at the State and Federal level. Together, we
are far more powerful nationally, statewide and locally than any
single hospital or system can be on its own.
Hospital Council will support CHA on government regulations and
financial challenges and will utilize local advocacy
relationships, our unifying voice and convening expertise to
address emergency medical services, behavioral health, community
health improvement, health information exchange, and workforce
policy issues as well as any proposed local government
regulations that may emerge during the year.
Behavioral health is a public policy priority with a significant
impact on other policy priorities: access, financial challenges,
emergency services, governmental mandates, and workforce.
Barriers to timely access and coordinated services include:
At a time when most of the state has hunkered down and
slowed to a near halt because of the coronavirus
pandemic, hospitals and health care workers have
stepped up, working 24/7 at breakneck speed to save lives
and meet this public health crisis head-on.
Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including
access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service
availability, community support service availability, as well as
the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing
instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical
activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy and
documentation status. These social determinants can become
chronic, co-morbid conditions for our patients.
Secure, effective exchange of patient health information is
critical to increase coordination of care and decrease costly
duplication of services. Issues involved include: data
ownership; privacy; connectivity; access; and local vs. statewide
Many of the barriers to effective emergency care systems are also
barriers to effective population health management and the
Associations’ vision of an optimally healthy society.
Pre-hospital care and services, emergency department crowding,
alternate destinations and treatment sites as well as post-acute
transfer options impact the effectiveness of emergency
departments and the ability of residents to receive the right
care, at the right time, in the right place.
Without sufficient, well-trained health care professionals at all
levels of the care continuum, access, quality, timeliness and
safety for patients and staff is compromised. Shortages include
specialty nurses, clinical lab scientists, respiratory and
physical therapists, radiology technologists and more.
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