Mission & Vision Statement

The District Hospital Leadership Forum (DHLF) represents district and municipal hospitals throughout California. DHLF originated from the efforts of a number of public district hospital executive teams in an effort to address financial issues of importance related to public District hospitals. DHLF strives to promote concepts and analyze options that support public District hospital interests, while providing expert leadership and advocacy in California and federal political realms. The Forum’s specific mission is to improve district hospital access to public funding opportunities in both the short term and in the long term.

In concrete terms, during the past year the District Hospital Leadership Forum has been working on district hospital interests in areas such as:

  • Section 1115 waiver
  • California hospital quality assurance fee program
  • The Public Hospital Redesign & Incentives in Medi-Cal (PRIME)
  • Fee-for-service intergovernmental transfers
  • Managed care intergovernmental transfers
  • Medi-Cal fee-for-service reimbursement as it relates to system changes relative to district hospitals.

The Forum’s five-year objectives range from maintenance of reimbursement under the current and subsequent Section 1115 waiver.  On going goals are to ensure that the State of California recognizes that the district hospitals play a vital role in California’s health care delivery system and also need to be a key participant as in all hospital initiatives.  The Forum’s Strategic Plan focuses on the approach, both from program development to educating legislative representatives and regulators, and to negotiating with the other hospital stakeholders.