Join AHA Twitter chat with Most Wired hospitals

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The AHA will honor this year’s Most Wired hospitals during a Twitter chat July 28 during the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The chat will feature the award winners and explore how health information technology is helping to improve patient care and population health in communities across the country.... read more

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

House holds hearing on 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review the Health Resources and Services Administration’s oversight of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and how the program impacts patients, providers, manufacturers and other stakeholders. In comments submitted... read more

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

HHS issues preparedness resource for August solar eclipse

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today released a resource to help emergency health care planners and providers prepare for and address response concerns related to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. “It is expected that millions will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, rural

CDC announces state funding to address opioid epidemic

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week will award 20 states and the District of Columbia a portion of $7.5 million to help track and prevent opioid-related overdoses, the agency announced yesterday. The states are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

ASHE recognizes hospitals for cutting energy consumption

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The American Society for Healthcare Engineering will present its 2017 Energy Champion Award to Barnesville Hospital in Ohio and Energy to Care Awards to dozens of hospitals for slashing energy use. The Energy to Care program recognizes hospitals that reduce their annual energy use by 10% or more and prior... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: sustainability

Bill to reauthorize, expand MA special needs plans clears committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved legislation (H.R. 3168) that would reauthorize Medicare Advantage special needs plans and expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill enrollees, as advocated by the AHA. “This legislation gives plans the flexibility to tailor... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, chronic conditions

President nominates HHS assistant secretary for preparedness

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President Trump this week nominated as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services Robert Kadlec, who currently serves as deputy staff director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Kadlec previously served President George W. Bush as a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, preparedness

Heading Into the Ninth

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Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people –... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

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The AHA July 13 criticized proposed deep cuts to how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimburses hospitals for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program and proposes changes to site-neutral payment policies under Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. The provisions are... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

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