Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

Patients, providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

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At an event today in Denver, patients and health care providers highlighted concerns with health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, including the recently released U.S. Senate proposal. Speakers included a cancer survivor, diabetes patient, mother of premature twins, two physicians and the CEO... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

Bill would expand 340B discounts for orphan drugs

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Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) yesterday introduced the Closing Loopholes for Orphan Drugs Act (H.R. 2889, legislation that would limit the “orphan drug” exclusion for 340B Drug Pricing Program rural and cancer hospitals. Specifically, the legislation would allow 340B critical access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

USDA awards loans to expand rural broadband infrastructure in four states

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday awarded $43.6 million in loans to telecommunications providers to expand access to broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

AHA trustee Spring sees innovative solutions to rural hospitals' problems

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

 

Ensuring access to care in struggling, rurally isolated communities requires fresh thinking and creative strategies from policymakers, says Jason Spring, chief strategic officer for Kalispell (Mont.) Regional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, governance, leadership

AHA applauds creation of House IHS task force, citing work of AHA task force

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The AHA today applauded leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for creating a bipartisan Indian Health Service Task Force. “We look forward to working with you, as co-chairs of the IHS Task Force, to develop and pass legislation to address barriers to care coordination and improve access to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA recommends changes to FCC Rural Health Care Program

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The Federal Communication Commission should update its Rural Health Care Program to meet the growing demand for broadband telehealth services, the AHA said in comments submitted today. Specifically, AHA recommends the program increase the Healthcare Connect Fund and HCF discount percentage; reduce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, Telehealth

AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

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