AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 improves hospital care, saves nearly $300 million

AHA News

Hospitals continue to improve patient care, according to results from the second round of the AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.

The HRET HEN initiative marked a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, Partnership for Patients, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

Hospital leaders urge Congress to support HOPD flexibility, changes to readmissions program

AHA News

Hospital leaders yesterday urged their federal legislators to support certain provisions critical to patients and hospitals before adjourning this legislative session.

They urged federal legislators to continue to encourage the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide flexibility in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, advocacy

AHA urges CMS to delay site-neutral policy until it can ensure fair payment

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should delay implementing the “site-neutral” provisions of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act until it can provide fair and equitable payment to hospitals for the services they provide, the AHA told the agency in its Sept. 6 comments on the hospital... read more

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

AHA supports Independence at Home Act

AHA News

The AHA earlier this week expressed its support for legislation that would make permanent a Medicare demonstration program that provides primary care to patients at home.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act created the three-year Independence at Home demonstration program, which Congress last year extended for... read more

Tags: Medicare, Redefining the H

HHS awards $53 million to combat opioid epidemic

AHA News

The Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it will distribute $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to be used in the battle against opioid addiction. The funding will pay for improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

AHA, others urge Senate to act on mental health legislation

AHA News

A coalition of organizations, including the AHA, is urging Senate action on mental health reform legislation when Congress returns next month from its summer recess.

As part of that effort, AHA today wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

NIH launches Zika vaccine trial

AHA News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aug. 3 announced the launch of its first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine. The trial begins as the continental U.S. confronts its first Zika virus outbreak, centered in an area north of Miami, in which 15 people have been infected by local mosquitoes.

At least 80... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: Zika

Final inpatient PPS rule is 'mixed bag' for hospitals and patients, says AHA

AHA News

The final rule released Aug. 2 for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) is a “mixed bag for hospitals and the patients they serve,” the AHA said.

The final rule will increase rates by 0.95% compared to FY 2016, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

CMS releases hospital star ratings

AHA News

Over the strong objections of the hospital field, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released its new star ratings for hospitals on the Hospital Compare website.

“The new CMS star ratings program is confusing for patients and families trying to choose the best hospital to meet their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rating systems

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

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