Who We Are
The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), founded in 1923, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) regional trade association. HASC is dedicated to effectively advancing the interests of hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We comprise 176 member hospitals and 31 health systems, plus numerous related professional associations and associate members. All have a common goal: to improve the operating environment for hospitals and the health status of the communities they serve.
Working in partnership with the California Hospital Association (CHA), HASC provides leadership at the local, state and federal levels on legislation, budget concerns and regulatory issues. We work with county boards of supervisors, chambers of commerce, local health departments and other agencies to assure the hospital’s voice is heard.
We serve our members through several unique organizations:
- HASC — A historically strong hospital trade association that serves the political, economic and educational needs of hospitals.
- AllHealth, Inc. — A for-profit, HASC-owned subsidiary providing specialized fee-for-service products to help hospitals improve operations.
- Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) — A 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of HASC that focuses on reducing health disparities and improving community health in HASC’s six-county region.
- National Health Foundation (NHF) — A not-for-profit applied research organization affiliated with HASC and dedicated to improving health care delivery and access.
Our mission is to lead, represent and serve hospitals and their related organizations, working collaboratively with our members and other stakeholders to improve health and health care in the communities we serve.
Our vision is for all member hospitals to consistently and uniformly provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective and culturally appropriate person-centered health care services.
POLITICAL ADVOCACY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHA
In a changing health care environment, hospitals need assertive representation. Through partnerships with CHA and hospitals like yours, we work to influence the future of health care in a way that best
represents your interests, your patients’ needs and the communities you serve. Together, we create visionary change that no hospital can achieve alone. HASC helps to:
- Improve quality and patient safety
- Support hospital transition to value-based purchasing and health care reform
- Promote appropriate reimbursement from Medicare and Medi-Cal
- Preserve the safety net, trauma systems and access to care
- Provide education, funding and promotion of disaster and pandemic preparedness
- Initiate long-range solutions to the hospital workforce shortage
REPRESENTATION, INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
HASC brings extensive expertise to your hospital. We scan the environment, help decipher what’s important and deliver in-depth guidance on issues that most impact you. We keep you ahead of what’s happening in the industry and deliver representation you can count on through:
- Local representation—regional staff represent your needs with expert knowledge of community issues and strong relationships with local representatives and key decision makers.
- Media relations—expert representation in the media builds support for hospital issues and keeps the public informed.
- Member seminars, workshops and conferences—in-depth information on topics such as implementing health care reform, physician/hospital relations, quality improvement and financial management from industry experts.
TOOLS TO IMPROVE HOSPITAL OPERATIONS
Working with the association strengthens your hospital’s performance with services from professionals who know your operational needs. By turning data into knowledge and providing innovative ways to boost efficiencies, HASC helps you benchmark the quality of your services, improve business operations and maximize reimbursements.
Performance Improvement Programs
- Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) — a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliate organization of HASC. CLC was founded in 2017 as a community health improvement initiative focused on reducing health disparities across Southern California. The organization works to advance significant systems change through a collective impact model involving hospitals and health systems, public health departments, community clinics, Medi-Cal managed care plans and community stakeholders.
- ReddiNet® Medical Communications System — communications system connecting first responders with critical real-time data about hospitals every day and during disasters.
- Eligibility on Site — reduces red tape and ensures proper reimbursement with on-site Medi-Cal certification.
- Compensation Surveys — present comprehensive executive, management and non-management compensation and benefit information compiled annually from more than 300,000 participants statewide.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, PEER EDUCATION AND SUPPORT
HASC membership keeps you connected to a community of dedicated people successfully addressing change. Learn how to respond to the challenges of the triple aim, physician realignment and effectively leading a quality-focused organization. Engage with experts and colleagues online and at in-person networking and learning events.
CEO meetings, member committees and task forces. Hospital executives meet and initiate action on public policy issues such as emergency services, health information exchange, behavioral health, indigent care and more.
LEAD® Academy. An intensive professional development program to empower emerging health care leaders with effective communication, problem-solving and collaboration-building skills.
Charge Nurse Education Series. Courses that train nurse leaders to enhance communication and conflict resolution skills, produce better outcomes, foster improved performance from staff, and enhance patient safety across the unit and throughout the organization.
RESEARCH TO IMPROVE HEALTH FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
You’ll also benefit from the programs and findings of our not-for-profit charitable affiliate, National Health Foundation (NHF). NHF’s mission is to improve health for underserved populations by creating systemic solutions to gaps in health care access and delivery.
Through its initiatives, NHF:
- Develops recuperative care resources for unhoused patients
- Provides chronic disease management programs for diabetes and obesity
- Implements school-based programs for pregnant and parenting teens
- Creates innovative programs that have the potential to be replicated nationally
- Supports hospitals to recognize and reward frontline staff through our annual Hospital Hero Awards
Partnerships for the Future
HASC can help you navigate an increasingly diverse landscape where quality, efficiency and cost are paramount. With 95 percent market share, our membership represents a varied cross-section of Southern California’s health care community. Members include:
- A total of 171 hospitals
- 31 hospital systems
- 49% nonprofit facilities
- 40% investor-owned facilities
- 11% government-sponsored facilities
- 43 associate members
For non-hospital organizations such as consulting, architectural, law and education firms, HASC associate membership offers opportunities for business development and accessing essential industry resources.