AHA report offers tools to help hospitals align their workforce with changing needs

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The AHA’s 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement today issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s current workforce with anticipated needs as health care continues to change. “There is a critical need to elevate the discussion about... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

ASHRM announces new executive director

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Risk Management has named as its new executive director Matthew Hornberger, who previously served as associate executive director. He succeeds Kimberly Hoarle. Hornberger, a certified association executive, serves on the Board of Directors for the Association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

House, administration request continuance in ACA cost-sharing subsidies challenge

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The Trump administration today joined House Republicans in asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue to suspend proceedings in House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell) “to allow time for a resolution that would obviate the need for judicial determination of this... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Administration clarifies border and immigration enforcement policies

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly today issued two memoranda regarding border security and immigration policy enforcement. The guidelines outlined in the memoranda largely impact DHS enforcement actions against undocumented immigrants already within the United States and focus on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, workforce

Survey: Most states planning on federal funding for CHIP to continue

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Most governors are planning upcoming budgets that assume federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will continue, according to a survey released today by the National Academy for State Health Policy. Thirty-three of the 40 states responding to the December survey said their proposed... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

CMS updates timeline for QHP certification for calendar year 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released an updated timeline for qualified health plan certification in the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces for calendar year 2017, and proposed revisions to the rate review timeline for single risk pool coverage. The dates for QHP... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS awards $100 million to help small practices with Quality Payment Program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today awarded 11 organizations about $20 million each to help individual and small group practices implement the clinician Quality Payment Program. The organizations will help eligible practices of 15 or fewer clinicians choose and report on quality measures... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses

CDC: Flu vaccine 48% effective this season

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This season’s flu vaccine has been 48% effective at preventing flu-related outpatient visits for acute respiratory illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. More specifically, the vaccine has been 43% effective against the predominant influenza A virus (H3N2) and 73% effective... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, prevention

Virginia hospitals provide $2.9 billion in community support

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Virginia hospitals and health systems provided $2.92 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in 2015, according to the latest annual report on community benefit by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. In addition to their role as providers of essential health services,... read more

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

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