FDA: Gout drug may increase risk of heart-related death

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to an increased risk of heart-related death from a drug used to treat gout, a type of arthritis in adults. Preliminary results from a safety clinical trial of the drug febuxostat (Uloric) show an increased risk of... read more

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

AHA guide offers strategies for improving transportation for patients

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A new AHA guide offers strategies and case examples to help hospitals and health systems address transportation issues in their communities. The guide is the latest in a series of resources by AHA and its Health Research & Educational Trust and Association for Community Health Improvement affiliates on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: socioeconomic status

Bipartisan House bill introduced to prevent 340B cuts

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Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) last night introduced H.R. 4392, a bill that would prevent a dramatic reduction in Medicare Part B payments for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a final... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare

Revised Senate tax bill includes repeal of individual mandate

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) last night released a revised version of tax reform legislation that includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office last week estimated that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Ways and Means leaders announce Medicare extender plan

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today announced a bipartisan agreement to extend certain expiring Medicare provisions for rural and other providers. The proposal would extend the Medicare-Dependent Hospital and Low-Volume Adjustment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

FDA approves device to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The Food and Drug Administration today authorized Innovative Health Solutions Inc. to market an electrical nerve stimulator device to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the patient’s ear. Previously approved for use in acupuncture, the NSS-2 Bridge device reduced symptoms for patients... read more

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

Congress urged to preserve tax-exempt status of municipal bonds

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The AHA yesterday commended Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for maintaining tax exemption for private activity bonds in his mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and urged him to amend the mark to maintain access to advance refunding bonds in the final proposal as well. “Advance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

AHA, others urge Congress not to include individual mandate repeal in tax bills

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AHA and five other groups today urged congressional leaders not to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to obtain health insurance in pending tax legislation. “We join together to urge Congress to maintain the individual mandate,” the groups wrote. “There will be serious... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS announces risk corridor payments, charges for 2016 benefit year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced the risk corridors payments and charges for health insurance issuers for benefit year 2016. The temporary risk corridors program, which began in 2014 and ran through 2016, transfers funds from qualified health plans that earned more than a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Report: Hospitals enhance antibiotics stewardship, continue to reduce MRSA

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Hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to include all core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services on national progress to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, nurses, resource use

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