Outdated Regs Impede Care Transformation

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Every day hospitals and health systems seek to provide the best care for each and every patient. But a growing list of regulatory barriers hampers their efforts to transform and improve care. Improving the coordination of patient care is a prime example. Last week, we released a report as part of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification, self-referral, clinical integration, antitrust

Addressing Violence to Achieve our Vision

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This has been a very disturbing and emotional week for our country. We know full well that there are racial disparities in our health care system and we are working hard to address them. Further, we know that there are racial disparities in our criminal justice system and we see them taking place. But we... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Behavioral health, administrative simplification

CMS launches updated administrative simplification website

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revamped its website on administrative simplification, at go.CMS.gov/AdminSimp. Topics include electronic transactions, code sets, operating rules, unique identifiers and enforcement. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and... read more

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

Hospitals, post-acute care providers look to the future

AHA News

Post-acute care (PAC) providers are critical partners in the transition toward a more integrated, value-based delivery system, panelists said at a May 1 special AHA Annual meeting briefing.

Panelists described the new partnerships emerging between hospitals and PAC providers and the regulatory thicket... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: administrative simplification, clinical integration, bundled payment

Slavitt: CMS committed to administrative simplification

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SlavittCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt today told AHA members that the agency is committed to administrative simplification, including improving Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractor program and aligning Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance programs. “We... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, RACs, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, regulation, administrative simplification

Hospital leaders will advance advocacy agenda at AHA Annual Membership Meeting

AHA News

Hospital and health system leaders from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C., for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, May 1-4, and to advance hospitals’ advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill.

Special sessions and executive briefings at the annual meeting will examine what it means to be a hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, access, administrative simplification, clinical integration, antitrust

House passes SMARTER Act

AHA News

The House March 23 voted 235-171 to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act, AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies.

The legislation is intended to harmonize disparities in the way merger reviews... read more

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

AHA testifies at HHS advisory committee hearing on administrative simplification

AHA News Now

The AHA yesterday urged the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics to adopt a proposed electronic transaction standard for claims attachments, but with certain conditions to help ensure timely claims processing. Testifying at an NCVHS subcommittee hearing on administrative simplification,... read more

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

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

AHA News

Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, the AHA last week told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

In a Jan. 29 letter to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, administrative simplification, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

AHA report: Administrative simplification can improve patient experience, reduce costs

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Administrative simplification can improve the patient experience and reduce costs, but requires cultural, operational and policy changes to achieve these goals, according to an AHA Trendwatch report released today. The report provides an overview of administrative simplification and its benefits,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

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