CMS announces new alternative payment model participants

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More than 359,000 clinicians have agreed to participate in four alternative payment models in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program grew by a net 47 to 480, including 26 Track 3 ACOs waived from the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, ACO

DHS issues National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security yesterday released a National Cyber Incident Response Plan to articulate the roles and responsibilities, capabilities and coordinating structures that support how the nation responds to and recovers from significant cyber incidents posing risks to critical... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

CMS awards $66.1 million to territories, Florida to fight Zika

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday awarded $66.1 million in funding to health departments in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida to help combat the Zika virus. Funds will support prevention activities and treatment services for health conditions related to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

CMS issues updated snapshot of open enrollment activity

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More than 8.8 million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1 through Jan. 14, nearly 100,000 more than during the equivalent period last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Thirty-nine states are using HealthCare.gov for 2017 open enrollment, which... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CMS updates Medicaid/CHIP, Marketplace enrollment estimates

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More than 16.4 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

Inauguration Day and the Future of Health Care

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Inauguration Day ushers in a new era of change in Washington. Republicans and Democrats will assemble together to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office, and to celebrate the peaceful passing of power that is a hallmark of our democracy. Meanwhile, across America, health care needs don’t take a day... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, leadership, members

Community service

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Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, access

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. When Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and others raised concerns about reducing coverage, Price said, “People need to know the rug... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access, leadership, regulation

Appeals court hears hospital challenge of NLRB peer review decision

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today heard oral arguments in a case brought by Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS, to overturn a 2015 National Labor Relations Board decision that directly threatens the confidentiality of the hospital peer... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, workforce

MI health system receives 2016 Foster McGaw Prize

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Spectrum Health today received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service in recognition of its cutting-edge programs and services to reach the underserved residents of Western Michigan. The Baxter International Foundation, AHA and Health Research & Educational Trust sponsor the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, awards

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