CMS delays CJR expansion, bundled payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the applicable date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program from July 1 to Oct. 1.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Study: Perinatal HIV infections decline over decade

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An estimated 69 infants were born with perinatal HIV infection in 2013, down from 216 in 2002, according to a study published online today by JAMA Pediatrics. “The continuing prevalence of missed prevention opportunities suggests that the remaining HIV transmissions occur in a subset of the population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect coverage

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At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA urges appeals court to affirm decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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The AHA today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which concluded that the proposed combination was likely to substantially effect competition in an already highly concentrated market.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

HRSA further delays effective date of final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to May 22 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers, and invited comments on whether a delay to Oct. 1 would be more appropriate. The rule was set to take effect March 21... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation, drug prices

Medical school seniors, others matched to residency slots

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A record 30,478 medical school seniors and graduates were matched to U.S. residency positions today through the National Resident Matching Program, 906 more than last year. A record 31,757 positions were offered. Applicants include students and graduates of U.S. and international medical schools. 

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, graduate medical education

AAMC updates physician shortage projections

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The nation faces a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians by 2030, according to updated projections released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The projected shortfalls range between 7,300 and 43,100 for primary care, and between 33,500 and 61,800 for non-primary care specialties.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, workforce

House Budget Committee advances ACA repeal bill

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The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 this morning to advance the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill, which now moves to the House Rules Committee. The bill would, among other changes,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

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