Join AHA Twitter chat with Most Wired hospitals

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The AHA will honor this year’s Most Wired hospitals during a Twitter chat July 28 during the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The chat will feature the award winners and explore how health information technology is helping to improve patient care and population health in communities across the country.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

House holds hearing on 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review the Health Resources and Services Administration’s oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and how the program impacts patients, providers, manufacturers and other stakeholders. In comments submitted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program

HHS issues preparedness resource for August solar eclipse

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today released a resource to help emergency health care planners and providers prepare for and address response concerns related to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. “It is expected that millions will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, rural

CDC announces state funding to address opioid epidemic

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week will award 20 states and the District of Columbia a portion of $7.5 million to help track and prevent opioid-related overdoses, the agency announced yesterday. The states are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers

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An estimated 4.3% of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6% in 2010 to 2012, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4% in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, opioids

ASHE recognizes hospitals for cutting energy consumption

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The American Society for Healthcare Engineering will present its 2017 Energy Champion Award to Barnesville Hospital in Ohio and Energy to Care Awards to dozens of hospitals for slashing energy use. The Energy to Care program recognizes hospitals that reduce their annual energy use by 10% or more and prior... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: sustainability

Reminder: SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last month. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Bill to reauthorize, expand MA special needs plans clears committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved legislation (H.R. 3168) that would reauthorize Medicare Advantage special needs plans and expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill enrollees, as advocated by the AHA. “This legislation gives plans the flexibility to tailor... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, chronic conditions

FDA to extend REMS requirements to immediate-release opioids

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The Food and Drug Administration intends to update its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy requirements for extended-release and long-acting opioid analgesics, and extend the same requirements to immediate-release opioid analgesic products, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced this week.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation, opioids

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

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