House members urge CMS to waive FFS barriers to alternative payment models

AHA News Now

Seventy members of the House of Representatives today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to waive fee-for-service regulations, such as the 25% Rule for long-term care hospitals, that limit care coordination and collaboration for acute care hospitals and post-acute care providers entering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, regulation, clinical integration, care coordination

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate

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By Betsy Ryan

 Hospitals and health systems across southern New Jersey were faced with a challenge that has turned into an opportunity. They conducted a joint community health needs assessment which reinforced what each hospital was reporting anecdotally: Emergency department visits with primary or... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, care coordination

CMS project seeks innovative hospital quality practices to share nationwide

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites hospitals to submit innovative quality improvement practices to its Strategic Innovation Engine, which will evaluate them for possible dissemination across the nation. Targeted improvements include managing patients with multiple chronic conditions;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

South Philadelphia's immigrants have a bridge to better health - and life

AHA News

Thousands of uninsured Latino and other immigrants in South Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods go to Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health) for health care, wellness – and hope of a better life.

Since 2003, Puentes has provided low-cost primary health care, plus a range of social and educational... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

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Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Celebrate Your Hospital

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As AHA President Rick Pollack noted in his Friday blog post, this week we come together to celebrate the more than five million dedicated women and men working in America’s hospitals and health systems for National Hospital Week. How can your hospital get involved? Join the AHA’s #MyHospital digital... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, Community health, access, nurses, workforce, care coordination

Pollack: Hospitals redefining the 'H' to continuously meet patient, community needs

AHA News Now

Kicking off the AHA annual meeting’s Federal Forum, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today told hospital and health system leaders that redefining the “H” can secure hospital’s critical role in public life and responds to the growing demands of managing chronic illnesses and consumerism. It also offers... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Community health, Redefining the H, chronic conditions, care coordination

Reminder: Applications due April 8 for AHA/AMGA fellowship to foster integrated care

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The AHA and AMGA are offering a new fellowship to help member hospitals and health systems with employed physicians move to a more integrated system of care to manage population health and succeed in new physician payment models coming in 2019 under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Medicare, care coordination

Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

AHA News

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

Reminder: Applications due April 8 for AHA/AMGA fellowship to foster integrated care

AHA News Now

The AHA and AMGA are offering a new fellowship to help member hospitals and health systems with employed physicians move to a more integrated system of care to manage population health and succeed in new physician payment models coming in 2019 under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, population health, Medicare, care coordination

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