President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

FDA alerts providers to expanded recall of PharmaTech products

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Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands have recalled all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. According to the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

CMS issues guidance on virtual credit cards, transaction fees

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued several Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act FAQs on virtual credit cards and electronic fund transfer fees. According to the FAQs, a health plan cannot require a provider to accept virtual credit card payments. A provider has the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, HIPAA

CDC issues national, state-level data on epilepsy

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An estimated 1.2% of Americans, including 3 million adults and 470,000 children, had active epilepsy in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2.3 million adults in 2010 and 450,000 children in 2007, CDC said. Total estimates by state ranged... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

Applications are open for AHA's 2018 Quest for Quality Prize

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Hospitals and health systems can submit applications through Oct. 1 for the AHA’s 2018 Quest for Quality Prize. Presented annually since 2002 to recognize health care leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing health in communities, the prize was on hiatus for 2017 while the association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: awards

Deadline moved to Sept. 5 for insurers to file 2018 rates

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The deadline for filing final rates for 2018 plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces in most states is being pushed back nearly three weeks to Sept. 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed today. According to CMS, “Many state departments of insurance have permitted issuers to increase... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse

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President Trump yesterday said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, and he is instructing the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis. "The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency," Trump told... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

Medicare appeals order sent back to trial court

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will bear a “heavy burden to demonstrate the existence of an impossibility” notes today’s decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

SAMHSA issues new behavioral health reports that provide state-level data

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released updated reports highlighting data on the prevalence of substance use, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and treatment for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

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