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CA hospitals and SEIU agree to form strategic relationship

May 8, 2014

The California Hospital Association and Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West this week announced an agreement between the union, CHA and hospitals that will establish a $100-million joint advocacy committee to drive improvements to the health care delivery system. A key goal will be to stabilize California’s health care safety net and increase state Medicaid payments. The agreement also provides for a code of conduct that will govern conversations between union representatives and hospital employees, and for joint efforts to modernize the hospital pricing system and explore greater transparency in executive compensation. The union also will not pursue two ballot proposals for November related to hospital executive compensation and pricing. “CHA has been involved for several years in national efforts to address the complexities in hospital pricing and to reform the payment structure of the Medicaid program,” CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner stated. “We are pleased that SEIU-UHW will join us in finding workable solutions.”