North Carolina Hospital Association names next president

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The North Carolina Hospital Association yesterday named Stephen Lawler, currently senior vice president of the regional group for Carolinas HealthCare System, as its next president effective July 1. “Steve Lawler brings a keen understanding of the challenges facing health care providers today and a strong... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

On Guard for Cyber Attacks

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The recent worldwide ransomware attack proves just how important cybersecurity is for hospitals. While many entities around the world saw their operations temporarily crippled by the attack, thankfully, few U.S. hospitals were successfully breached. That speaks to the tremendous efforts the field has made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Virtual Behavioral Health Services

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By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

State AGs file motion to defend cost-sharing reduction payments on appeal

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The attorneys general for 15 states and the District of Columbia today filed a motion to intervene in the House Republicans’ lawsuit challenging federal cost-sharing reduction payments under the Affordable Care Act, which reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS delays start of CJR expansion, bundled payment model to Jan. 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today further delayed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1 the start date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model; new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services; and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive... read more

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

AHA: REACH Act 'important first step' to ensuring care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today called the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (S. 1130) “an important first step toward ensuring access to health care services in some rural communities.” Introduced this week by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the REACH Act would allow... read more

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

HRSA delays until Oct. 1 the effective date of final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today delayed to Oct. 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers. The final rule was subject to multiple delays since January. “The additional time provided to the public before the rule... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, regulation, drug prices

Senate Finance Committee passes chronic care bill

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The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, Telehealth, chronic conditions

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

Study: AHCA waivers could affect 6.3 million adults with pre-existing conditions

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An estimated 6.3 million adults in 2015 had a pre-existing condition and gap in health coverage that could make them subject to medical underwriting under the American Health Care Act, according to a study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The House-passed legislation, which the AHA does not... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

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