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

House approves tax bill

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The House of Representatives today voted 227-205 to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), legislation to reform the tax code. Among other changes, the bill would eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through tax-exempt private-activity bonds and advance refunding bonds.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

CMS to detail new low-volume Medicare appeals settlement option

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to release in coming weeks details on a new Medicare appeals settlement option for health care providers and suppliers with a low volume of appeals pending at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA resources highlight crucial role of rural hospitals, Medicare extenders

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Today is National Rural Health Day , an annual event spotlighting the unique health care needs and access and delivery challenges of America’s rural and frontier communities. “Without action from Congress, critical programs that protect health care in rural communities will expire,” notes a new AHA ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

FDA: Gout drug may increase risk of heart-related death

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to an increased risk of heart-related death from a drug used to treat gout, a type of arthritis in adults. Preliminary results from a safety clinical trial of the drug febuxostat (Uloric) show an increased risk of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

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