Report looks at evolving role of health care strategists

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The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development last week released its latest report on the evolving role of the health care strategist, which provides a framework for assessing and building strategic competencies. “This latest edition of Bridging Worlds, and the roadmap it provides, is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

AHA recommends CMMI principles, models

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should apply certain principles to all of its projects and models, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to the agency’s request for information on a new direction for the center. AHA members “believe that programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CMS announces Medicare premiums and deductibles for CY 2018

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The Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 in calendar year 2018, to $1,340, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts will be $335 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period; $670 for lifetime... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CDC survey: Uninsured rate unchanged in first six months of 2017

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An estimated 28.8 million U.S. residents, or 9%, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first six months of 2017, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about the same as in 2016, but 19.8 million fewer people than in 2010, the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Senate Finance Committee approves tax bill

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The Senate Finance Committee last night voted 14-12 along party lines to approve the chairman’s mark of legislation to reform the tax code, which includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The AHA, America’s Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

FDA issues update on efforts to address IV fluid shortages

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., today reviewed actions the agency is taking to address the increased shortages of sodium chloride injection bags and other saline intravenous fluids used in hospital and outpatient settings since Hurricane Maria impacted production facilities... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

AHA issues guide to emergency medical center strategy for vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an emerging strategy to ensure continued access to emergency and outpatient services in vulnerable communities. The emergency medical center strategy is one of nine strategies identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, emergency care

DHS webinar Nov. 28 on 'soft target' attacks and critical infrastructure

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis will host a Nov. 28 webinar for public and private sector stakeholders on its most recent analysis of “soft target” attacks in Western countries and possible critical infrastructure-related consequences. For more on the 10... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

AHA webinar Dec. 6 on strategic workforce development

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The AHA Workforce Center will host a Dec. 6 webinar on “Workforce Planning from a Health System Perspective,” the second in an AHA series on “Sustainable Healthcare Delivery through Strategic Workforce Development.” Speakers will discuss challenges and successes in strategic workforce planning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

CMS proposes changes to MA, prescription drug programs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late this afternoon released a proposed rule that would make programmatic and operational changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit programs for contract year 2019. According to the agency, the rule would revise program regulations to... read more

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

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