SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

AHA News Now

The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

Telehealth is changing care

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The health care world is changing. New technologies are moving the field in new and different directions, all of which is good news for patients.

Take, for example, how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. We released... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: access, Telehealth, telemedicine

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

Street Medicine volunteers bring care and support to Sioux City's homeless

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street-medicine-mercy-hospitalHealth care volunteers with big hearts and high hopes last March brought “Street Medicine” to the homeless of Sioux City, Iowa.

Every Monday and Thursday evening the team of 16 volunteers from Mercy Medical Center, Siouxland Community Health Center and Sunnybrook Community Church go to shelters, food... read more

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

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

HRSA recognizes hospitals for organ donation efforts

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recently recognized more than 1,000 hospitals and transplant centers, including 296 small and rural hospitals, for outstanding efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

It's Not Over

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This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be... read more

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

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

AHA News

Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, access

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