FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

SAMHSA webinar next week on growing the behavioral health workforce

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on April 19 will host the third webinar in a quarterly series on innovative state solutions to develop the behavioral health workforce. The 2 p.m. ET webinar will focus on the state of Alaska’s efforts. To register, click here. The webinar... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, Behavioral health

Keep Fighting to Protect Coverage

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Congress may be in recess, with members back home in their states and districts – but the push to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still very real. House Republicans and the White House continue to work to revise the bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act and secure... read more

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

CMS final rule aims to stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) April 13 issued a final rule designed to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

The rule finalizes changes related to special enrollment periods; guaranteed issue; actuarial value; network adequacy; and open enrollment periods.

The new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, access

Gallup reports uptick in adult uninsured rate

AHA News Now

The share of U.S. adults without health insurance rose 0.4 percentage points in the first quarter of 2017, to 11.3%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Still, that’s 6.7 percentage points lower than just before the Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in October 2013, Gallup notes. 

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Pediatric hospitalizations for certain conditions higher where incomes vary widely

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Children living in areas with large differences in income have higher hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Pediatrics. These are conditions for which timely and effective outpatient care might avoid hospitalization, such as... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: access

Hospitals add 8,700 jobs in March

AHA News Now

Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.17% in March to a seasonally adjusted 5,095,800 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 8,700 more people than in February and 112,100 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage

Make Your Voice Heard

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Two weeks ago, it looked like Congressional attempts to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act might be over – at least for now – after the bill House Republicans crafted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was pulled from consideration…and signals from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid

AHA dismayed over final rule on Medicaid DSH calculation

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services March 30 issued a final rule addressing how third-party payments are treated when calculating the hospital-specific limitation on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

The AHA expressed deep disappointment in the rule. “Of particular concern is... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

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