AHA issues community guide to addressing social determinants of health

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders in vulnerable communities implement a multi-step strategy to address the underlying social conditions that often prevent individuals from being able to access health care or achieve health goals. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, rural

Vietnamese Health Project is a bridge to better care

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For more than 20 years, Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center’s Vietnamese Health Project has been a bridge between the city’s more than 5,000 Vietnamese residents and health care.

The project addresses cultural and language differences to break down barriers to better care for an immigrant... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, Community health, equity, access

Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

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The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

SAMHSA reports 39% increase in opioid treatment programs since 2003

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The number of federally-approved opioid treatment programs, which are qualified to dispense methadone and buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, increased 39% between 2003 and 2016, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. About 10% of all substance use... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, access, Behavioral health, opioids

Medicare appeals order sent back to trial court

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will bear a “heavy burden to demonstrate the existence of an impossibility” notes today’s decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

CMS projects Part D monthly premium to decline slightly in 2018

AHA News Now

The average monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2018 is estimated to be $33.50 per month – or approximately $1.20 less than the average premium in 2017 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week. The projection is based on bids submitted by drug... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

CMS extends FL Medicaid demonstration waiver

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week extended Florida’s Managed Medical Assistance section 1115 demonstration waiver through 2022. It allows the state to operate a capitated Medicaid managed care program and low-income pool to provide continuing support for safety-net providers that... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicaid

Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

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The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

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