AHA webinar Nov. 1 on global budgets as a way to ensure access to care

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The AHA will host a Nov. 1 webinar on global budget payment programs, one of nine potential strategies identified by an AHA task force last year to help ensure access to care in vulnerable communities. The webinar will spotlight MedStar Health’s journey to implement the Maryland All-Payer Model; how to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

Hearing highlights benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining how covered entities use the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Established by Congress in 1992, the program mandates that drug manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prices

Dozens of House members testify at hearing on opioid crisis

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning held a hearing to receive testimony from more than 50 members of Congress, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), on ways to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. Representatives shared stories of their own constituents’ battles... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

FDA approves drug imports, CMS certain blanket waivers after hurricanes

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Baxter Healthcare Corp., in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, has agreed to temporarily import certain intravenous drug products, such as sodium chloride, from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Australia to address shortages of critical drug products after Hurricane... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, Medicare, disaster readiness

Hargan named acting HHS secretary

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President Trump yesterday named Eric Hargan as Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services. Confirmed as HHS deputy secretary last week, Hargan previously served on the president’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy secretary and acting deputy secretary under... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

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

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

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