Reminder: AHA webinar tomorrow on preventing human trafficking

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a March 23 webinar on how hospitals and health systems can help prevent human trafficking. The free webinar will explore the problem of human trafficking, approaches health care organizations can adopt to address human trafficking and provide case... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: prevention

Amendments to ACA repeal bill unveiled

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House Republican leaders late last night unveiled changes to the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. One manager’s amendment makes changes to policies affecting both Medicaid and the tax code, and a second amendment makes technical changes... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

NAM initiative issues final report on policy priorities for better health at lower cost

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The National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative today proposed four policy priorities for the administration and health care leaders to achieve better health at lower cost: pay for value, empower people, activate communities and connect care. To support these... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, population health

Reminder: IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available through March 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals can review their quality data through March 30 before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. “Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare

AHA launches ad urging Congress to protect coverage

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A new AHA television ad urges Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the American Health Care Act, on which the House of Representatives could vote Thursday, would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

CMS delays CJR expansion, bundled payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the applicable date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program from July 1 to Oct. 1.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Study: Perinatal HIV infections decline over decade

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An estimated 69 infants were born with perinatal HIV infection in 2013, down from 216 in 2002, according to a study published online today by JAMA Pediatrics. “The continuing prevalence of missed prevention opportunities suggests that the remaining HIV transmissions occur in a subset of the population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

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At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA urges appeals court to affirm decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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The AHA today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which concluded that the proposed combination was likely to substantially effect competition in an already highly concentrated market.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

HRSA further delays effective date of final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to May 22 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers, and invited comments on whether a delay to Oct. 1 would be more appropriate. The rule was set to take effect March 21... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation, drug prices

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