AONE announces new president-elect, board members

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives has chosen as its next president-elect Mary Beth Kingston, RN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. As 2018 president-elect, Kingston will become AONE president in 2019. She currently serves on the boards of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, nurses

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Hargan sworn in as HHS deputy secretary

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The U.S. Senate this week voted 57-38 to confirm as Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan, who was sworn in yesterday, previously served on President Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy... read more

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

Hospitals add 4,500 jobs in September

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.09% in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,127,200 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 4,500 more people than in August and 79,700 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

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The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

House committee passes bills to extend CHIP funding, reduce EHR burden

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Coverage

IPAB repeal bill clears House committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted 24-13 to approve legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member board was created by the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on Medicare payment policy if the projected five-year average growth in per capita... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals

AHA, AAMC express support for 340B program

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The 340B Drug Pricing Program “has enabled hospitals and health systems to support and expand access and services consistent with their mission and the program’s original and ongoing charge,” the AHA and Association of American Medical Colleges today told leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program

AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

House bill to roll back NLRB 'joint employer' decision clears committee

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The House Committee on Education and the Workforce yesterday voted 23-17 to approve legislation (H.R. 3441) that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act to clarify that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

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