Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

AHA News Now

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: Special AHA webcast Monday on ensuring access

AHA News Now

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will host a live webcast Monday, Feb. 6, from the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the event, Pollack and members of the AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities will discuss the panel’s recent report on nine innovative... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals

AHA urges action to stabilize 2017 Health Insurance Marketplaces

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The AHA today urged Congress to work with the administration to stabilize the public Health Insurance Marketplaces for 2017 to prevent millions of consumers from losing coverage. “More than 11.5 million Americans signed up for 2017 health coverage through the federal and state marketplaces by late... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Coalition releases prior authorization principles to facilitate patient access to care

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The American Medical Association and 16 other health care organizations, including the AHA, today released a set of 21 principles for ensuring that prior authorization requirements do not hinder patient access to care. Members of the coalition – which includes representatives from hospitals, medical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, administrative simplification

H&HN launches 2017 Most Wired survey

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AHA's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine last week launched its 2017 Most Wired Survey, which hospitals can complete through March 15. The annual survey measures information technology adoption, implementation and use in four areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Electronic Health Records

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

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Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

CMS issues updated snapshot of open enrollment activity

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More than 8.8 million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1 through Jan. 14, nearly 100,000 more than during the equivalent period last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Thirty-nine states are using HealthCare.gov for 2017 open enrollment, which... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CMS updates Medicaid/CHIP, Marketplace enrollment estimates

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More than 16.4 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by 29% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Enrollment, Coverage, Medicaid

Equity and Diversity in Health Care in 2017

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This Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a day in honor of a man who roused the conscience of a nation. When Dr. King preached his message of peace years ago, segregation was common in our country. Some segregated hospitals outright refused to admit African-American individuals. Five decades... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: equity

HHS: Uninsured mental health, substance use hospitalizations fall

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Only about 5% of adults in Medicaid expansion states who were hospitalized for substance use or mental health disorders in third-quarter 2015 lacked health insurance, down from 20% in 2013, according to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services. Including non-expansion states, 11% of... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health

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