Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA)

As we previewed last year regarding SB 184 and the establishment of the California Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA), California now has taken a significant regulatory step aimed at restraining growth in health care costs. On April 24, 2024, OHCA’s board (the “Board”) voted to implement its long anticipated statewide health care cost target, beginning with a 3.5% cap on spending growth in 2025 and decreasing in the following years. As with OHCA’s cost and market impact review (CMIR) reporting regime,[1] this cap will apply to “health care entities,” which include providers such as hospitals, facilities, outpatient clinics, large physician groups and clinical laboratories, payors and fully integrated delivery systems.Continue Reading California is Capping Health Care Cost Increases – Starting at 3.5% in 2025

Parties involved in or considering health care transactions in California have been focused on navigating the new rules set by California’s Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA),[1] and newly proposed legislation could present additional challenges in consummating certain health care transactions, particularly those involving private equity. Introduced in February 2024, California’s Assembly Bill 3129 seeks to curb consolidation in the health care industry allegedly driven by private equity firms and hedge funds. As summarized in greater detail below, the bill would require that these parties obtain prior written consent from California’s Attorney General (AG) before an acquisition or change of control of many types of health care businesses and assets.Continue Reading California’s AB 3129: A New Hurdle for Private Equity Health Care Transactions on the Horizon?

At long last, the cost and market impact review (CMIR) regulations promulgated by the California Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA) have been approved by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The final regulations, which are available to view here, were submitted by OHCA on December 8, 2023 and approved by OAL on December 18, 2023. As we have highlighted in our series of posts[1] throughout the year, these regulations, in combination with the related statutory provisions in SB 184, set forth the framework for OHCA’s authority to receive advance notice of and review a large scope of healthcare transactions in the coming months of 2024, reflecting a dramatic change to California’s healthcare regulatory landscape. To refresh and update our readers regarding the CMIR regulations, this article will provide an overview of the key components and practical considerations regarding this new reporting regime, while also commenting on the key final tweaks to (and omissions from) the regulations.Continue Reading The Stage is Set: California Finalizes OHCA Regulations Requiring Notice and Review of Material Healthcare Transactions in 2024

As we previewed in our blog article in March on the establishment of California’s new Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA), OHCA has issued proposed regulations available on the OHCA website, that provide anticipated details on OHCA’s advance review authority regarding certain transactions in the healthcare space.Continue Reading Update from California’s Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA): Proposed Regulations re Material Change Transactions and Pre-Transaction Review