AHA submits comments on proposed health insurance consolidations

AHA News

Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana and Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna “have the very real potential to reduce competition substantially, increase the cost of premiums, and diminish the insurers’ willingness to be innovative partners with providers and consumers in transforming health care,”... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: consolidation

Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award

AHA News

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) received the 2015 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality.

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) was an honorable mention for the 2015 award. The award, given to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, fQHC

AHA honors two federal health care leaders

AHA News

The AHA yesterday presented two federal health care leaders with awards for outstanding service in the health care field. Retired Brig. Gen. Charles Potter, United States Air Force, who served as director of Manpower, Personnel and Resources and chief of the Medical Service Corps in the Office of the... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

AHA urges Congress to reject any effort to redirect Veterans Choice funding

AHA News

In a letter to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the AHA June 24 urged Congress to reject any request by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to redirect funding for the Veterans Choice Program to other VA programs. The AHA sent the letter the day before the committee held a hearing on the VA’s... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, access

House passes health care bills, including several to reform MA program

AHA News

The House June 18 passed a number of health care bills, including a set of bills that would reform the Medicare Advantage program. Included in the package of MA bills were the AHA-supported Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act. H.R. 2505, which would require annual reporting of enrollment data in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

House holds hearing on AHA-supported bill to standardize merger review process

AHA News

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law today held a hearing on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act, AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Program Integrity, administrative simplification

House votes to withhold funding for OFCCP Tricare enforcement policy

AHA News

The House late yesterday approved legislation, H.R. 2685, that included an AHA-backed amendment that would withhold funding for a controversial Labor Department policy aimed at treating hospitals participating in Tricare and certain other health care programs as federal contractors or subcontractors. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: workforce, administrative simplification

CMS releases final rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this afternoon released a final rule on changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and provisions relating to Medicare payments to providers of services and suppliers participating in Accountable Care Organizations under the MSSP. Among other provisions,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO

AHA donates to Nepal earthquake relief

AHA News

AHA has made a $50,000 today donation to the American Red Cross to support the Nepal earthquake relief efforts of three international disaster relief organizations. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan nation on last month, followed by multiple aftershocks and an avalanche on Mount Everest,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

AHA weighs in on 21st Century Cures proposal

AHA News

The AHA supports the intent of draft legislation to accelerate and improve the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments for patients, but would strongly object to any reductions to hospital payments to pay for the proposals, AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in May 12 ... read more

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

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