NJ hospitals provide $2.75 billion a year in community benefits

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New Jersey hospitals and health systems provided $2.75 billion in community benefits beyond health care services in 2015, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. These contributions include free and discounted health care services, community health improvement programs,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

NM oncologist named AMA president-elect

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The American Medical Association this week named as its president-elect Barbara McAneny, M.D., an oncologist from Albuquerque, NM. McAneny, who will become president of the association next June, is co-founder and CEO of New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants and built and manages the New Mexico... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, leadership

Senate companion to Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act introduced

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Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) last week introduced a Senate companion to the AHA-supported Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S. 1301), legislation that would add 15,000 Medicare-funded residency positions to alleviate physician shortages that threaten... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, teaching hospitals

Bill would expand 340B discounts for orphan drugs

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Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) yesterday introduced the Closing Loopholes for Orphan Drugs Act (H.R. 2889, legislation that would limit the “orphan drug” exclusion for 340B Drug Pricing Program rural and cancer hospitals. Specifically, the legislation would allow 340B critical access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

CMS extends comment deadline for SNF advance notice of proposed rulemaking

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking on potential options the agency may consider for revising the existing skilled nursing facility payment system. The original June 26 comment deadline was extended through Aug.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues 2017 Marketplace enrollment update

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About 10.3 million Americans had an active 2017 health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces as of March 15, or 84% of those who selected a plan during open enrollment, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. About eight in 10 active enrollees... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

Groups call on Senate to protect patients in health care debate

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. "As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Coverage, Medicaid, access, nurses

AHA urges Congress to address rising cost of drugs

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The AHA today urged Congress and the administration to take immediate action to rein in the rising cost of drugs. In a statement submitted to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for a hearing on the issue, AHA offered specific recommendations to increase competition, innovation... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

AHA recommends certain changes to inpatient PPS rule, including DSH provisions

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The AHA supports a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive Vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, uncompensated care

AHA comments on FY 2018 proposed rule for long-term care hospitals

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AHA today applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for proposing a 12-month regulatory pause on full implementation of the 25% Rule for long-term care hospitals and urged the agency to permanently rescind the rule. Commenting on the proposed LTCH prospective payment system rule for fiscal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Medicare, access, regulation

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