AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

AHA News

Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

AHA News

Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

House lawmakers urge CMS to drop planned 340B cuts

AHA News

A bipartisan group of 228 House lawmakers yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

“Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our communities, we... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy

Senate won't vote on GOP health care bill

AHA News

The Senate will not vote this week on a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, (R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposal’s sponsors and Senate Republican leaders said yesterday.

The Senate faced a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

AHA News

The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

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

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

AHA announces new trustees for 2018

AHA News

The AHA has elected eight members to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The incoming board members are: Christina Campos, administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, Santa Rosa, NM; Robert Casalou, regional president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, MI;... read more

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

Final inpatient, long-term care hospital PPS rules released

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CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS final rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final fiscal year 2018 rules for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system and long-term care hospital PPS.

The inpatient PPS final rule will increase rates by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues final IRF, SNF rules

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018.

In accordance with the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, payment rates for both settings will see a 1% update over FY... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

AHA News

The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

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

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