Online training on National Healthcare Safety Network available March 20-24

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The National Healthcare Safety Network will webcast on March 20-24 its annual training program for people who use the system to submit data on healthcare-associated infections for acute-care or long-term care facilities, or to identify opportunities to improve patient safety. Topics will include NHSN data... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

IHI, NPSF to merge; propose 'public health framework' to advance patient safety

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation yesterday announced plans to merge May 1. IHI President and CEO Derek Feeley will lead the combined organization and NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., its combined patient safety programs. As part of the announcement,... read more

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

CBO estimates impact of ACA repeal legislation on coverage, budget

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The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation today released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act, the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to repeal and replace parts... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Medicare inpatient quality reporting deadline unchanged

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Hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Inpatient Quality Reporting program must electronically submit electronic clinical quality measure data via the QualityNet secure portal by March 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT in order to meet IQR requirements and receive a full payment update... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

HHS invites Section 1332 waivers for state high-risk pool, reinsurance programs

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price today invited states to apply for Section 1332 wavier proposals that include high-risk pool/state-operated reinsurance programs. “If a state’s plan under its waiver proposal is approved, a state may be able to receive pass-through funding to help offset a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA releases National Hospital Week planning guide

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May 7-13 is National Hospital Week, an annual celebration of hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities. This year’s theme is “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.” For more information and a planning guide, visit www.aha.org/hospitalweek.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

ASHE presents 2017 Vista Awards

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering today presented 2017 Vista Awards to three hospital teams for exemplary collaboration in creating optimal health care environments. The recipients are UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco; Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Tower in Gulfport,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: awards

MHA president and CEO to retire at year end

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Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association President and CEO Lynn Nicholas will retire at the end of 2017, the association announced last week. “For the past decade as president and CEO of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Lynn has been among the most influential voices on health care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

AHA urges CMS to extend March 13 deadline to submit 2016 eCQM data

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend the March 13 deadline for submitting electronic clinical quality measure data for the 2016 reporting period for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, or forgive the payment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

SAMHSA announces webinar on substance use disorder confidentiality rule

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host a 90-minute webinar on its final rule on confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records. Participants may register to attend on March 17 or March 22 at 1 p.m. ET. The agency recently postponed the rule’s effective date... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

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