AHA shares regulatory relief priorities with CMS

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AHA participated today in a stakeholder listening session hosted by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to formally launch the agency’s regulatory relief effort. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack thanked the agency for recent actions to reduce the regulatory burden on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, regulation

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden diverting providers from patient care

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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 today by the AHA. The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to $1,200... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

Deadline extended to apply for AHA-AMGA collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Oct. 27 to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Medicare

AHA toolkit offers guidance to help hospitals address opioid epidemic

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A new AHA toolkit offers guidance and case examples to help hospitals and health systems work with their patients, clinicians and communities to tackle the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team and vetted with subject matter experts, the resource includes tools and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, opioids

CDC updates care guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued updated guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious damage to the brain of the developing fetus. CDC provides... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, preparedness, Zika

Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

AHA urges action to address flawed OIG hospital audits

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In a letter this week, the AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take specific actions to address and prevent the serious problems that flow from hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General and its use of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, advocacy

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

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