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

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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

AHA faults CMS's 'short-sighted' policies on new off-campus PBDs

AHA News

The AHA Wednesday expressed “extreme dismay” with the provisions for new off-campus hospital outpatient departments contained in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) outpatient prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for 2017. 

“It appears that CMS is aiming to freeze the progress... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

AHA News

The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on path forward for rural hospital priorities

AHA News

The AHA today held a Rural Hospital Policy Forum on Capitol Hill. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack welcomed senators, congressional and AHA staff, who updated rural hospital leaders on their legislative priorities and outlook for passing critical rural legislation this year. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy

House mental health bill passes committee unanimously after revisions

AHA News

The House Energy and Commerce Committee June 15 voted 53-0 to approve the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, after several modifications were made to the bill as a result of bipartisan negotiations. The committee-approved bill scrapped earlier measures that would have eliminated the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health

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