AHA supports January 2018 start date for new cardiac, CJR models

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The AHA supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to delay the start date for its cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment bundled payment models until Jan. 1, 2018, the association told the agency in comments submitted today, but cautioned against additional delays that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Bill extending Veterans Choice Program signed into law

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President Trump today signed legislation (S. 544) extending the Veterans Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. The legislation allows the program to access nearly $1 billion remaining from its initial emergency appropriation, makes the Department of Veterans Affairs the primary payer under... read more

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

AMA announces EHR training platform for medical schools

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The American Medical Association and Regenstrief Institute today announced an electronic health records training tool for medical schools. Developed as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform uses real de- and mis-identified... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses, teaching hospitals

New AHA Hospitals Against Violence resource available

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In a new podcast hosted by AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals Against Violence initiative, the director of the employee assistance program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston discusses the organization’s multidisciplinary response team for responding to threats of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

AHE accepting nominations for Heart of Healthcare Award

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, awards, workforce

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

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