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

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

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

FDA warns biotin may interfere with lab tests

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning health care providers that biotin, also known as vitamin B7, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests, resulting in incorrect results that may go undetected. Used in hormone tests and tests for certain cardiac health markers such as troponin due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Study: Medicaid expansion helped health for chronically ill adults

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion was associated with improvements in mental health and access to care among low-income adults with chronic conditions, according to a study published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study, which used an analytical framework to assess... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Medicaid

340B recertification deadline is Dec. 6

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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

The holiday season is a good time to think about the gift of health

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a good time to think about the gift of health. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) reminds us to make our health a priority so we don’t give our loved ones the gift of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created NIVW as a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

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