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

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

21 House Republicans: Protect municipal financing in final tax legislation

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Twenty-one House Republicans yesterday sent a letter spearheaded by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) to House and Senate leadership urging them to preserve the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds and advance refundings of outstanding tax-exempt bonds in any tax reform legislation. “Private activity... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration, faced a number of questions from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.8 million

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Nearly 2.8 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-25, including nearly 500,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. About 70% of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are using... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

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