Moody's revises nonprofit health care outlook to negative

AHA News Now

Moody’s Investors Service yesterday revised its outlook for the nonprofit health care sector to negative from stable, projecting a continued decline in cash flow through 2018. “Revenue growth is under pressure because of very low reimbursement rate increases, an ongoing rise in government payers and a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, bonds

Beth Greenhouse plants seeds for community's health and wellness

AHA News

Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center’s “Beth Greenhouse” is planting the seeds for better health in some of the city’s most food-insecure neighborhoods.

The hospital created an urban garden, farmer’s market and a three-acre hydroponic greenhouse that opened last year as part of its community wellness... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

Senate passes tax bill

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The Senate voted 51-49 early Saturday to approve tax reform legislation, which includes provisions that would repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act mandate that most individuals have health insurance, eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through advance refunding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, bonds

AHA comments on certain MedPAC proposals for EDs, post-acute care

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The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, emergency care

IRFs and LTCHs can review quality data through Jan. 3

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Jan. 3 to review their quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in March 2018. Providers also have until Jan. 3 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if they... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

AHA report examines value-based payment trends

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The AHA today released a TrendWatch report to help hospital and health system leaders better understand the current landscape of value-based payment models and the capabilities needed to accept various levels of risk. “Hospitals and health systems – influenced by both policy and market forces – are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: value-based purchasing

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead


By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

Cybersecurity Must be a Priority for Everyone


Our hospital caregivers battle viruses every day – and that includes keeping safe from malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks and connected devices.

We are moving deeper and deeper into the digital age. Indeed, Cyber Monday showed us to what extent our lives have become... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Cybersecurity

1. FDA updates drug product shortages resulting from Hurricane Maria

AHA News Now

Hurricane Maria's impact on drug manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico has exacerbated the ongoing shortage of amino acids for injections, in addition to other medical supplies, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said yesterday. According to the agency, the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Drug Shortages

HHS announces pilot project on optimizing administrative simplification standards

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking health plan and clearinghouse volunteers to participate in an HHS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act administrative simplification optimization project pilot. Volunteers will undergo reviews of their transactions for compliance with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

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