AHA report examines value-based payment trends

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The AHA today released a TrendWatch report to help hospital and health system leaders better understand the current landscape of value-based payment models and the capabilities needed to accept various levels of risk. “Hospitals and health systems – influenced by both policy and market forces – are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: value-based purchasing

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

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By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

HHS announces pilot project on optimizing administrative simplification standards

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking health plan and clearinghouse volunteers to participate in an HHS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act administrative simplification optimization project pilot. Volunteers will undergo reviews of their transactions for compliance with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

Dec 6 webinar: Geisinger shares efforts to improve provider experience

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Geisinger leaders will share the health system's journey to alleviate stressors face by health care workers by improving the provider experience during a Dec. 6 webinar hosted by the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum. Leaders from the Danville, PA-based health system will highlight how they conducted a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

Much at Stake as Congress Completes Work for the Year

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Health care has been the top issue in Congress all year, and December is shaping up to be no different. The tax reform bills working their way through Congress could mean major changes for America’s hospitals and health systems.

Because each house will likely pass different versions of tax reform, they... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

CMS finalizes rule to cancel bundled payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule that cancels the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also cancels the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. These programs had... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bundled payment

NGA urges congressional leaders to take 'immediate action' on CHIP

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The National Governors Association yesterday urged House and Senate leaders to take “immediate action” on the Children’s Health Insurance Program. While CHIP is authorized to operate through Oct. 1, 2019, legislative action is needed to continue funding the program, which expired Sept. 30. “CHIP is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: child health

340B recertification deadline is Dec. 6

AHA News Now

The Health Resources and Services Administration is reminding hospitals that participate in the 340B drug savings program that they must recertify by Dec. 6 or they will be terminated from the program. HRSA is required to recertify annually all participating covered entities enrolled in the 340B program... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

21 House Republicans: Protect municipal financing in final tax legislation

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Twenty-one House Republicans yesterday sent a letter spearheaded by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) to House and Senate leadership urging them to preserve the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds and advance refundings of outstanding tax-exempt bonds in any tax reform legislation. “Private activity... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration, faced a number of questions from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

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