CMS issues updated snapshot of open enrollment activity

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More than 4 million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1 through Dec. 10, about 250,000 more than during the same period last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. Nearly three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

President signs AHA-backed 21st Century Cures Act into law

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President Obama on Dec. 13 signed into law the AHA-supported 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a number of provisions important to hospitals and health systems. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure.

The legislation revises the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage

CMS: More than 15.7 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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More than 15.7 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by 28% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report released... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Medicaid

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

AHA News

Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

CMS issues updated snapshot of open enrollment activity

AHA News Now

More than 2.1 million people selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-26, about 97,000 more than during the same period last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. Three-quarters of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

AHA News

The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

AHA report offers strategies to ensure access to care in vulnerable communities

AHA News

The AHA today released a report offering hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the community to using technology to provide 24/7 care in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

AHA: NAIC model legislation would help protect consumers from out-of-network bills

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Patients and their families should be protected from the financial burden of unexpected medical bills, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack writes in a letter to the editor published online Friday in the New York Times. Responding to a recent Upshot piece on the issue, Pollack says AHA supports model... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

AHA weighs in on Senate Finance workgroup chronic care draft legislation

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The AHA Nov. 22 commended the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) on the release of its recent draft legislation to address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries and recommended further refinements.

“We appreciate the deliberate and thoughtful process undertaken by the CCWG to... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions, care coordination

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