CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

AHA urges Congress to act on hospital priorities during post-election session

AHA News

The AHA last week urged Congress to act on several critical hospital and health system priorities when it returns after the elections.

“America’s hospitals appreciate the leadership and support many in Congress have shown this year on numerous issues important to patients and the hospitals and health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy

AHA video encourages young adults to enroll in health coverage

AHA News

With open enrollment in the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplaces starting Nov. 1, a new AHA video highlights the importance of health insurance for young people. Hospitals are invited to share the video with their communities by displaying it in high traffic areas, on their websites and through social media... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

AHA-MHA cosponsor community forum on transforming health care landscape

AHA News

The AHA and Maryland Hospital Association today sponsored a forum for Maryland community leaders on the transformation taking place in health care and how providers and community partners can work together to improve the health of their communities. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack explained the... read more

Tags: Community health, Community Connections

Final MACRA rule offers challenges, opportunities for hospitals, says AHA

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule for Medicare’s new physician payment system offers both challenges and opportunities for hospitals and their employed or contracted physicians, the AHA said last week.

CMS Oct. 14 issued final regulations carrying out key provisions of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

AHA, FAH report documents dramatic rise in inpatient drug costs

AHA News

Inpatient hospital drug costs increased more than 38% per admission between 2013 and 2015, according to a report from the University of Chicago’s NORC, an independent research institution. The report was commissioned by the AHA and Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), who unveiled its findings at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

AHA's HRET, others receive contracts to continue HAC, readmissions progress

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 29 awarded $347 million in contracts to 16 organizations, including the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), to continue efforts to reduce hospital- acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.

The Hospital Improvement... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, QIO, Partnership for Patients, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

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

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