AAMC updates physician shortage projections

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The nation faces a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 physicians by 2030, according to updated projections released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The projected shortfalls range between 7,300 and 43,100 for primary care, and between 33,500 and 61,800 for non-primary care specialties.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, workforce

House Budget Committee advances ACA repeal bill

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The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 this morning to advance the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill, which now moves to the House Rules Committee. The bill would, among other changes,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

AHA, others ask NQF to extend, refine trial of sociodemographic risk adjustment

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The AHA, America’s Essential Hospitals, Federation of American Hospitals, and Association of American Medical Colleges today urged the National Quality Forum to extend the trial period for its policy allowing the performance measures it evaluates to be risk adjusted for sociodemographic status, and to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status

MedPAC issues March report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its March report to Congress. The report details fee-for-service payment recommendations for 2018 approved by the commission in January, including recommendations for hospital services and post-acute care. For more information, see the MedPAC ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

DHS announces stakeholder webinar on National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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Health care stakeholders are invited to participate in one of four Department of Homeland Security webinar sessions March 27-30 on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan and how stakeholders can leverage the plan in their communities. Developed by DHS in coordination with federal, state and public and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Trump nominates HHS deputy secretary

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President Trump this week nominated to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan served on Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy general counsel, principal associate deputy... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

MACPAC: Disproportionate Share Hospitals still face significant financial difficulties

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its March report to Congress, which includes an analysis of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on hospital uncompensated care. According to the report, total hospital uncompensated care for Medicaid and uninsured patients fell by $4.6... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

HHS outlines plans for improving Medicaid collaboration with states

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In a letter yesterday to governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma outlined several areas where they plan to work with states to improve the Medicaid program. These include working with states to improve program... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS, HRSA release Medicare chronic care management resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health and Health Resources and Service Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy today launched an educational initiative for Medicare patients and health care professionals on the benefits of chronic care management services.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, coding, nurses, chronic conditions

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