House lawmakers urge CMS to drop planned 340B cuts

AHA News

A bipartisan group of 228 House lawmakers yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

“Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our communities, we... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy

Tackling the opioid crisis in a rural community

AHA News

opiod-crisisOne death a day in Maine is caused by an opioid overdose. Bridgton family practice physician Craig Smith, M.D., a member of the Bridgton Hospital medical staff, is on the front line in the battle against the crisis that is harming people of all ages and all walks of life – not just in Maine but in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

Senate won't vote on GOP health care bill

AHA News

The Senate will not vote this week on a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, (R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the proposal’s sponsors and Senate Republican leaders said yesterday.

The Senate faced a... read more

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

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

AHA News

lots-of-gardens“Food is medicine,” says Bill Monahan, a registered nurse and outreach coordinator for 19-bed Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. The hospital buys nearly 40% of its food from local sources to provide a more nutritious patient diet.

But it’s not just people inside the hospital who benefit from this... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, prevention

'Behavioral vaccine' for teen depression

AHA News

Can an online prevention program keep mental health problems at bay among teens who are already at risk of suffering from severe depression?

A team at the University of Illinois Medical Center hopes so, and has spent more than a decade developing and testing the best way to teach coping strategies to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

AHA News

The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

"Street Nurse" brings care to the homeless

AHA News

street-nurseAmanda Buccina, R.N., is the “Street Nurse” of Sacramento, Calif. She spends every workday caring for the city’s homeless residents.

The Street Nurse program began in March 2016 as a collaboration between Sacramento-based Sutter Health and WellSpace Health, a community health center.

Some 5,000 city... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, access, care coordination

Metro Health's trauma center also treats the wounds doctors can't fix

AHA News

Cleveland-based Metro Health’s trauma center doesn’t just treat a patient’s gunshot wounds. It also helps the patient avoid getting hurt again.

The health system has partnered with a number of Cleveland social service agencies to counsel victims of gun violence and connect them with services to try to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Vietnamese Health Project is a bridge to better care

AHA News

For more than 20 years, Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center’s Vietnamese Health Project has been a bridge between the city’s more than 5,000 Vietnamese residents and health care.

The project addresses cultural and language differences to break down barriers to better care for an immigrant... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, Community health, equity, access

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