FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

CMS final rule aims to stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 13 issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods.

The new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA dismayed over final rule on Medicaid DSH calculation

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 30 issued a final rule addressing how third-party payments are treated when calculating the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

The AHA expressed deep disappointment in the rule. “Of particular concern is... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

AHA to MedPAC: Proposal to accelerate PAC PPS timeline requires further study

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The AHA today urged further study before the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission votes on a recommendation that Congress implement a unified post-acute care (PAC) prospective payment system (PPS) by 2021.

 “We appreciate the thoughtful work MedPAC has completed thus far on PAC PPS issues,” wrote AHA... read more

Tag: Medicare

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

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aha-panel-031717At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, advocacy

AHCA legislative update

AHA News

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) March 13 released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

Health care leader H. Robert Cathcart helped shape AHA policy

AHA News

H. Robert Cathcart, administrator at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital for 43 years until his retirement in 1991, and a health care leader who helped shape AHA policy, died earlier today in Waverly, a Philadelphia suburb. He was 92.

Cathcart served as AHA chairman in 1976, received the association’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

AHA News

Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Federal judge blocks Aetna-Humana merger

AHA News

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 23 prohibited two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging, concluding that the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364 counties challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

Senate vote is first step toward ACA repeal

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The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday.

 Senate action came eight days after Senate Budget... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

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