HHS awards grants to help states, territories combat opioid addiction

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday awarded $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The first of two funding rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, the grants “aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet need and reduce overdose... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, opioids, prevention

'Take Back Day' next week to safely dispose of prescription drugs

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April 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when the public can safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 7 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: opioids, prevention

AHA invites National Hospital Week video/photo submissions

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As National Hospital Week approaches, the AHA invites member hospitals to submit mobile videos or photos highlighting the important role hospitals play in their communities. AHA will share the videos and photos through its social media platforms and AdvancingHealthinAmerica.org website during the May 7-13... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

Ensuring Quality Care for All Patients

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By Gene Woods

April is National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect minority populations–and to accelerating health care equity. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health systems are participating in the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, equity, leadership

AHA supports January 2018 start date for new cardiac, CJR models

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The AHA supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to delay the start date for its cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment bundled payment models until Jan. 1, 2018, the association told the agency in comments submitted today, but cautioned against additional delays that... read more

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

Bill extending Veterans Choice Program signed into law

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President Trump today signed legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. The legislation allows the program to access nearly $1 billion remaining from its initial emergency appropriation, makes the Department of Veterans Affairs the primary payer under... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, access

AMA announces EHR training platform for medical schools

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The American Medical Association and Regenstrief Institute today announced an electronic health records training tool for medical schools. Developed as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform uses real de- and mis-identified... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses, teaching hospitals

New AHA Hospitals Against Violence resource available

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In a new podcast hosted by AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals Against Violence initiative, the director of the employee assistance program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston discusses the organization’s multidisciplinary response team for responding to threats of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

AHE accepting nominations for Heart of Healthcare Award

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, awards, workforce

National policy debate can foster greater field unity, says Dave Molmen

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The AHA Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 AHA board member Dave Molmen is optimistic about the future of America’s health care. He believes the national debate over health care policy can spur greater field unity around the principles of access and coverage,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, leadership

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