AHA comments on certain MedPAC proposals for EDs, post-acute care

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The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, emergency care

IRFs and LTCHs can review quality data through Jan. 3

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Jan. 3 to review their quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in March 2018. Providers also have until Jan. 3 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if they... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

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

1. FDA updates drug product shortages resulting from Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria's impact on drug manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico has exacerbated the ongoing shortage of amino acids for injections, in addition to other medical supplies, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said yesterday. According to the agency, the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Drug Shortages

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

CDC: HIV diagnoses occurring more quickly

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HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years, according to the report. In 2011, the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

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

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

NASEM report offers strategies to make prescription drugs more affordable

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Access to effective and affordable medicines is necessary for public health, social equity, and economic development, but the biopharmaceutical sector is not meeting that need, according to a report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “Our report seeks to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: access

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

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