CMS approves waiver to expand WV Medicaid treatment for SUDs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver allowing West Virginia to expand its benefits package for substance use disorders to include the full continuum of SUD treatment, including short-term residential services in an Institution for Mental... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Behavioral health, opioids

Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from AIR340B, a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry, continues to misrepresent a program with a successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and comprehensive health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

Study: Hospital community benefits exceed federal tax exemption 11 to 1

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As Congress turns to tax reform, a new analysis prepared by Ernst & Young for the AHA finds that hospitals’ and health systems’ community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax exemption by a factor of 11 to one. According to the report, non-profit hospitals in 2013, the most recent... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

AHA comments on CMS proposal to cancel bundling programs

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Hospitals generally support the proposed cancellation of the cardiac and Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment bundling program and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundling program and partial conversion of the CJR program to a voluntary model, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels told... read more

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

Groups urge CMS to suspend draft laboratory payment rates under PAMA

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Twenty-three organizations, including the AHA, Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend implementation of new draft Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, citing significant concerns with the data collection... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

California wildfires force two hospitals to evacuate

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At least two hospitals evacuated patients yesterday due to the wildfires in northern California. Kaiser Permanente transported about 130 patients from Santa Rosa Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and other area hospitals. The Santa Rosa hospital was not damaged but was closed, with scheduled... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

AHA Stat Blog: Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry “continues to misrepresent” the 340B Drug Pricing Program and its “successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, drug prices

Project SEARCH opens employers' eyes to what young people with disabilities can do

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project-searchMore than 20 years ago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center nurse Erin Riehle came up with a novel idea for addressing her hospital’s workforce needs.

Riehle, then the emergency department’s (ED) nursing director, wondered if she could train people with developmental disabilities to fill some... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, diversity, equity

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

AHA News

Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

57 senators urge CMS to consider feedback before finalizing 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback" before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "The long-term success of the 340B program is... read more

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

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