NIH launches Zika vaccine trial

AHA News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aug. 3 announced the launch of its first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine. The trial begins as the continental U.S. confronts its first Zika virus outbreak, centered in an area north of Miami, in which 15 people have been infected by local mosquitoes.

At least 80... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: Zika

Final inpatient PPS rule is 'mixed bag' for hospitals and patients, says AHA

AHA News

The final rule released Aug. 2 for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 hospital inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) is a “mixed bag for hospitals and the patients they serve,” the AHA said.

The final rule will increase rates by 0.95% compared to FY 2016, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

CMS releases hospital star ratings

AHA News

Over the strong objections of the hospital field, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released its new star ratings for hospitals on the Hospital Compare website.

“The new CMS star ratings program is confusing for patients and families trying to choose the best hospital to meet their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rating systems

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Bill introduced to delay release of hospital star ratings

AHA News

Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., yesterday introduced a bill to delay for at least one year the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new hospital star ratings to ensure the ratings are fair and reliable.

The Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, rating systems

President signs legislation to address opioid epidemic

AHA News

President Obama July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

In a rare instance of consensus in Congress, the Senate July 13 voted 92-2 to approve... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

DOJ files lawsuits against Anthem, Aetna deals

AHA News

The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed lawsuits in District of Columbia federal court to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana.

The DOJ’s complaints said the deals would harm innovation and quality in health care, arguments the AHA made repeatedly in its analyses and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

Field has vital community role to play in reducing violence, says AHA's Pollack

AHA News

Decrying the violence that has taken a bloodier turn in recent weeks across America, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack earlier this week told health care leaders that hospitals have an important role to play in reducing violence in the communities they serve.

Kicking off the 24th annual Health Forum and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, advocacy, equity

CMS urged to examine 'serious flaws' in its star ratings system

AHA News

The AHA July 7 and three other national hospital groups called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the “serious flaws” in the agency’s hospital quality “star ratings” methodology.

“Our continued review of the limited information available to us has raised serious questions... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rating systems

With eye on Senate calendar, field rallies around 'hospital' bill

AHA News

Hospitals with different issues and concerns find something they like in the House-passed Helping Hospitals to Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273 – and hope the Senate will make consideration of the bill a priority. But an abbreviated election-year legislative calendar could possibly push any Senate... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, advocacy

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