AHA recommends FDA actions to ease regulation, improve device security

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AHA again urged the Food and Drug Administration today to allow health system pharmacies to distribute compounded products to other system facilities located more than one mile away. “The AHA is concerned that the one-mile radius limitation [included in draft guidance last year] is not workable for many... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Compounding, Cybersecurity, regulation

FDA issues guidance on its digital health regulatory policies

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The Food and Drug Administration today released for comment draft guidance clarifying what types of clinical and patient decision support software would no longer be regulated by the agency as a medical device under the 21st Century Cures Act. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

CHI, Dignity Health to combine to form new health system

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Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system. Bringing the health systems together will allow the organizations to expand their mission of service and create a healthier... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: mergers

AHA, others urge Congress to protect tax-exempt private activity bonds

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A coalition of 35 national organizations, including the AHA, today urged House and Senate leaders to “protect in full” the current federal income tax treatment of private activity bonds, as envisioned by the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Our support of all tax-exempt bonds is grounded in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Senators call for preventing 340B cuts in year-end package

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A bipartisan group of six senators yesterday urged Senate leadership to include in a year-end package, legislation that would prevent a dramatic reduction in Medicare Part B payments for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B drug savings program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last... read more

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

CMS: National health spending growth slows to 4.3% in 2016

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U.S. spending on health care grew 4.3% in 2016, down from 5.8% in 2015, primarily due to slower growth in spending for retail prescription drugs, hospital care, and physician and clinical services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today in Health Affairs. Spending growth slowed for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

Study looks at lessons learned from nursing home CAUTI project

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Participants in a national collaborative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes say the project empowered them to work with physicians and other team members to implement evidence-based practices to prevent and control infections, despite occasional challenges with staff... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

New AHA audiocast on cybersecurity available

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The latest audiocast on cybersecurity from the AHA examines cyber liability insurance coverage. AHA Assistant General Counsel Lawrence Hughes is joined by Jan Larson, partner at the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP, to discuss evaluating the need for such insurance within... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Dec. 14 is first webinar in Dignity Health-HAV series

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative Dec. 14 will host the first in a series of webinars focused on human trafficking led by Holly Austin Gibbs from Dignity Health. This presentation, titled Human Trafficking 101: Dispelling the Myths, will share Dignity Health’s information on and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, prevention

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment climbs to 3.6 million

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More than 3.6 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 2, including more than 823,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. About three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

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