Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

AHRQ: Opioid-related hospital stays increasing faster for women than men

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Opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related emergency department visits doubled for both sexes, according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Opioid-related hospitalizations were virtually the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

CDC reports increase in U.S. counties with mosquitoes that can spread Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

AHA announces Equity of Care Award winner, honorees

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Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, CA, will receive the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award July 27 at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their efforts to reduce health care disparities and advance diversity and inclusion to support the goals of the National... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity, awards, leadership

FDA: Hospira recalls emergency syringe drugs due to potential lack of sterility

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Hospira, a Pfizer company, has voluntarily recalled certain lots of 8.4% sodium bicarbonate injection and other emergency syringe drugs distributed since January to hospitals and wholesalers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, because the drugs may not be sterile, the Food and Drug Administration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, emergency care

HHS issues alert on Microsoft cyber vulnerabilities, 'Hidden Cobra' threat

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The Department of Health and Human Services last week alerted the health care sector to multiple vulnerabilities with Microsoft products and a threat by cyber actors known as “Hidden Cobra.” For additional hospital and health system resources to reduce and manage cyber risks, including in-person training... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Study: Hospitals in VBP program did not improve more than other hospitals

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The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program did not result in meaningful improvements in clinical process or patient experience measures during its first four years, because performance improved similarly for hospitals not exposed to the program, according to a study reported last week in the New England... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

AHA urges Senate to protect health coverage as it deliberates AHCA

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The AHA Friday urged the Senate to make continued health care coverage a priority as it deliberates the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. "Health care coverage is vitally important to working Americans and their families," AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

Governors issue guiding principles for health insurance reform

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Seven governors today urged Senate leaders to take a bipartisan approach to improving the nation’s private health insurance system, based on a set of guiding principles that include improving affordability, restoring stability to insurance markets, providing state flexibility and encouraging innovation,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

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