Fund to aid hospital employees affected by storms in Puerto Rico

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AHA has activated The Care Fund to provide support to hospital employees in Puerto Rico who experienced significant property loss or damage from any natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The association has contributed an initial $50,000 to the fund. To donate to the fund for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, disaster readiness, nurses, workforce

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

AHA, others urge Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy proposal

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The AHA today urged members of the U.S. Senate “to protect our patients and find ways to maintain coverage for as many Americans as possible” by rejecting the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. In a joint statement Saturday, the AHA and five... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Coverage

AHA comments on draft recommendations to address opioid crisis

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AHA yesterday provided feedback on a presidential commission’s draft recommendations to expand the federal response to the drug addiction and opioid crisis. “Of paramount importance in enabling this work is the need to preserve and protect health insurance coverage, including Medicaid,” wrote Ashley... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, opioids

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, nurses, opioids

MACRA Decision Guide

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Are you ready for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or MACRA? The AHA’s MACRA resources are designed to support your needs as you implement MACRA’s sweeping changes.

Our latest offering aims to help you and your clinician partners decide which MACRA track to pursue – the Merit-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare

FDA issues medication-assisted treatment guidance

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Medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that suppress the central nervous system, the Food and Drug Administration advised today. While combining these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

NAM issues guide to help clinicians counter opioid epidemic

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The National Academy of Medicine today issued a guide to help clinicians counter the opioid epidemic. Developed by national experts on substance use disorders at the request of the National Governors Association, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS again urged to prioritize guidance on shared space arrangements

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The AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday to clarify how hospitals can share space, services and staff with other providers. “If CMS is unable to release the guidance by Oct. 1, we implore the agency to issue a Survey and Certification memo stating that while the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

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