Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

AHA News

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

AHA News

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

AHA urges new administration, Congress to preserve coverage

AHA News

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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

President signs AHA-backed 21st Century Cures Act into law

AHA News

President Obama on Dec. 13 signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure.

The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

AHA News

Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

AHA News

The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

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