Health leaders share priorities for next administration, Congress

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To continue to transform the health care delivery system and improve quality and affordability of care for patients, hospitals need the next administration and Congress to prioritize modernizing outdated and burdensome laws and regulations, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack told attendees at a forum... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA expresses support for proposed updates to PACE program

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The AHA strongly supports the innovations in care delivery and financing pioneered by the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and generally supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ efforts to update the program’s regulatory requirements, AHA said today. The PACE program is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, workforce, clinical integration

Appeals court grants FTC request to stop hospital merger pending administrative trial

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Reversing a district court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit today granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission to prevent the integration of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth while the agency completes an administrative trial challenging the proposed merger.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, regulation, clinical integration

Wall Street Journal publishes AHA response to op-ed piece on clinical integration

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The Wall Street Journal today published an AHA letter to the editor responding to a July 31 op-ed piece by a former health policy advisor to the White House, who seemed to argue against hospital participation in efforts to integrate care across the continuum under the Affordable Care Act. “The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, clinical integration

Outdated Regs Impede Care Transformation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

AHA to Congress: Remove legal barriers to care coordination

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The AHA today shared with Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services a report examining barriers to transforming health care delivery created by outdated fraud and abuse laws. The report identifies seven major barriers created by the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and/or regulations that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, self-referral, clinical integration, care coordination

Tackling Outdated Regulatory Barriers that Impede Health Care Transformation

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A new report released today examines some of the most detrimental legal barriers that hospitals and physicians face whenever they try to work together to transform the delivery of patient care. Unquestionably, these barriers impede the hospital field’s efforts to move from a payment system based on volume... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

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The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

House members urge CMS to waive FFS barriers to alternative payment models

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Seventy members of the House of Representatives today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to waive fee-for-service regulations, such as the 25% Rule for long-term care hospitals, that limit care coordination and collaboration for acute care hospitals and post-acute care providers entering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, regulation, clinical integration, care coordination

Hospitals, post-acute care providers look to the future

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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

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