FCC to consider changes to Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission today released a draft notice of proposed rulemaking and order that would update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services. Among other changes, the draft order would waive the RHC Program’s $400 million cap on a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

CMS to expand value-based model for MA, prescription drug plans in 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced refinements to the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model for calendar year 2019, the third year of the demonstration program. The model is designed to test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, Coverage

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.3 million

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Nearly 2.3 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-18, including nearly 800,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

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Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

Arizona Supreme Court upholds state's Medicaid expansion law

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week upheld a 2013 state law expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act. Some members of the state legislature claimed that the law’s assessment on hospitals to help pay for the expansion was a tax and therefore unconstitutional because... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Giving Thanks

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Every day, hospitals and health systems across the country are challenged in so many ways as you seek to care for those in your community. In the midst of these challenges, however, are incredible improvements in the health and wellbeing of our communities – giving all of us much for which we can be... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Caregivers

CMS issues final clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued final Medicare payment rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and advanced diagnostic laboratory tests in calendar year 2018. The rates are based on the weighted median of private insurer payment rates, as required by a 2016 final rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Report calls for national strategy to reduce drug, alcohol and suicide deaths

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More than 1 million Americans died from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicides between 2006 and 2015, and another 1.6 million could die over the next decade if the trend continues, according to a report released today by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. “Life expectancy in the country... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

FDA poster summarizes mattress cover safety recommendations

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Health care facilities can download a new Food and Drug Administration poster summarizing the agency’s 2013 recommendations to prevent infection risks associated with damaged or worn hospital bed mattress covers. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for environmental infection... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, safety, prevention

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