Association News

Association News includes the leadership developments, legislative initiatives and changes, ideas and commentary pertinent to our members. It keeps you ahead of what’s happening and demonstrates the true value of your membership—relationships, representation and advocacy.

HASC Welcomes 2023 Board Chair

Greetings! This year is off to a stormy start as turbulent weather, including record rainfall, has had significant impacts on California’s residents. These back-to-back downpours resulted in power outages, falling rocks and debris, some flooding and hazardous driving conditions throughout the region. Fortunately, by most accounts Southern California’s hospitals experienced only minimal operational disruptions.  The […]

Podcast Profile: Endorsed Business Partner Cedar

A recent Endorsed Business Partner of HASC, Cedar is an enterprise financial engagement platform that uses data science and interactive design to improve the health care experience for patients, providers and payers alike. In this podcast, Seth Cohen, the company’s president, speaks with HASC’s Adam Blackstone about Cedar and how its products can benefit hospitals, health […]

In the Spotlight: LA Partnership and Communities Lifting Communities

Focus on Homelessness in Los Angeles County is a joint initiative of Communities Lifting Communities (CLC) and the Los Angeles County Community Health Assessment and Action Partnership (LA Partnership) — a collaborative of more than 30 hospitals, health systems, public health departments and community partners. The initiative aims to address the region’s continuing homelessness crisis […]

Cedar Expands Financial Engagement Platform Across Healthcare Ecosystem in 2022

01.05.2023 Press Release The patient financial experience landscape has changed dramatically over the past year, as financial pressures are at an all-time high across the healthcare ecosystem. For patients, out-of-pocket spending has swelled to over $400 billion annually, while hospital operating margins continue to decline amidst a challenging labor market and ongoing supply chain issues. […]

Next MCAG Settlement Filing Deadline is Feb. 3

In 2022, Managed Care Advisory Group (MCAG), a HASC Endorsed Business Partner, recovered over $20 million in settlements for its health care clients, including more than $1.7 million for HASC member hospitals. If you’re a member that’s missed out on previous opportunities, don’t worry — you can still benefit from several upcoming settlements. The next […]

Safety Briefing Now Part of Joint Commission Surveys

Effective Jan. 1, The Joint Commission will add a safety briefing to all accreditation surveys and certification and verification reviews. The informal briefing, which should take five minutes or less, allows organizations to communicate with on-site surveyors and reviewers regarding any potential safety concerns and how the surveyors/reviewers should respond if the organizations’ safety plans […]

LEAD Academy Launches Thursday, March 9, 2023

HASC’s LEAD Academy training program is the association’s longest running and most popular education offering. This year’s first virtual series starts on Thursday, March 9, and runs through Oct. 12. The online synchronous sessions take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Cost is $162 per module. Learn more and register on the LEAD […]

Hospitals’ Resilience; The Year in Review

As we approach the holidays, the combination of rising COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections continue to place significant strain on Southern California hospitals. As we’ve experienced in the last couple of years, travel, gatherings and holiday festivities threaten to further exacerbate the challenges our hospitals face. Recent downturns in RSV cases provide […]

HASC Associate Members Hear the Latest at 2022 Event

On December 8, HASC hosted a one-hour Zoom session for close to 20 associate members. The online gathering provided an opportunity for the HASC team to share its accomplishments from the past two years, which were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate members also learned about HASC’s 2023 strategic priorities and received updates on […]

HASC Staff Quoted on Workforce Development

A recent article in the Sacramento News & Review focusing on health care job creation included comments from HASC’s Teri Hollingsworth, VP of human resources and education services, and Lisa Mitchell, program director for workforce development. Hollingsworth shared about the start of the SlingShot Initiative several years ago, a collaboration with the Southeast LA County […]