CDC: Zika cases in Brazil highlight need for enhanced epilepsy surveillance

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Seizures and epilepsy were reported last year in some infants in Brazil with probable or laboratory evidence of congential Zika virus infection, according to a commentary co-authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in JAMA Neurology. In a study of 48 infants with probable congenital Zika... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Zika

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

Tool depicts national, local drug poisoning trends

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The National Center for Health Statistics has released data dashboards depicting trends in drug poisoning deaths at the national, state and county levels. Users can view national trends by age, sex and race/ethnicity between 1999 and 2015, and state and county trends by year.

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, opioids

CMS releases new MACRA resources for clinicians

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released three new resources on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two new payment pathways for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The resources include a factsheet on participating in MIPS, factsheet on... read more

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

National Healthcare Decisions Day underway all week

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National Healthcare Decisions Day, a week-long event this year, runs through April 22. The national effort aims to help people understand the value of advance health care planning. See today’s AHA Stat blog post for more information, or visit to pledge to participate. 

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advanced illness care

Reminder: Free AHA webinar April 26 on hospital-led effort to combat violence

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host an April 26 webinar on a hospital-led effort to prevent violence in Chicago. Rebecca Levin, strategic director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, will share lessons learned from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, prevention

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

Conrad 30 program is a boon to rural care


The AHA last week called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would extend and strengthen a program that has been a boon to medical care in rural areas.

It’s called the Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver program, and it is set to expire on April 28.  

Currently doctors from other countries... read more

Tags: rural, advocacy

National Healthcare Decisions Day


A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

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