HHS declares public health emergency in CA due to wildfires

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan yesterday declared a public health emergency in California due to the wildfires devastating the state. The declaration allowed the acting secretary to issue a waiver under section 1135 of the Social Security Act for the state to enable the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: disaster readiness

340B providers in disaster areas can register early for program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced that 340B Drug Pricing Program hospitals in areas affected by recent natural disasters can immediately enroll in the program instead of waiting for the normal registration period. “HRSA recognizes that circumstances surrounding disaster relief... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: 340B

Webinar Nov. 9 on improving care for hospitalized adults with SUDs

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum will host a Nov. 9 webinar on a team-based approach to improving care for hospitalized adults with substance-use disorders. Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Improving Addiction Care Team at Oregon Health & Science University,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

SHSMD announces new president-elect, board members

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The AHA's Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development has chosen as its 2018 president-elect Rose Glenn, senior vice president, chief communications and chief experience officer for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Glenn will become president of the organization in 2019. The society also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for reconsideration of their 2018 payment adjustment. Visit here... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

President orders agencies to consider expanding association health plans

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President Trump today issued an executive order directing the departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations or guidance to expand the availability of association health plans, short-term limited duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Study: Positive outcomes associated with mergers and acquisitions

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New research released today by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Healthcare Financial Management Association offers key strategies for achieving successful mergers or affiliations. The study of hospital acquisitions between 2008 and 2014 found that nearly 80% of the acquiring organizations made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: acquisitions

California associations establish fire relief fund for hospital workers

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The California Hospital Association and its regional partners have established a Hospital Workers’ Fire Relief Fund to help the more than 100 hospital employees affected by the recent wildfires in the state. The state and regional associations in California will donate $40,000 to the fund and encourage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, workforce

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