AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

Apply to participate in AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Oct. 20 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, value-based purchasing, population health, Medicare, clinical integration

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, Cybersecurity, nurses

HHS seeks nominations to task force on pain management best practices

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations to an interagency task force created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 to develop best practices for prescribing pain medication and managing pain. The task force will include hospital and other non-federal... read more

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

Hospitals Against Violence webinar Sept. 25 on caring for caregivers

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a Sept. 25 webinar on a program designed to care for hospital caregivers who experience a stressful event or outcome during patient care. Leaders from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., will discuss their Care for the... read more

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

SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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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

AHA comments on proposed changes to MACRA quality payment program

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Commenting today on the proposed rule updating the clinician quality payment program for 2018, AHA applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for responding to its long-standing request to develop a facility-based measurement option for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. The association... read more

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

Reminder: AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

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

CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses

Study: High-risk practices more likely to receive physician VBP penalty

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Physician practices that served a disproportionate share of medically and socially high-risk patients in the first year of the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program were more likely to receive a penalty compared with other practices, according to a study published today in the Journal of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, socioeconomic status, value-based purchasing, Medicare

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