Hospitals to begin using QualityNet to submit meaningful use attestations

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Beginning on Jan. 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals attesting to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will submit their 2017 meaningful use attestations to the QualityNet (Qnet) secure portal, according to a notice on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid

HHS activates prescription assistance program for Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services has activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria, allowing residents without health insurance to obtain at no cost certain prescription drugs, medical supplies, vaccines and medical equipment at participating... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

Let's get more Americans covered

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America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

Senate committee passes bill to extend CHIP funding for five years

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The Senate Finance Committee today approved by voice vote legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. Under the KIDS Act (S. 1827), the program’s federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

AHA urges action to address flawed OIG hospital audits

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In a letter this week, the AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take specific actions to address and prevent the serious problems that flow from hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General and its use of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, advocacy

HHS webinar Oct. 18 on hurricane/flooding recovery

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will host an Oct. 18 webinar on lessons learned from last year’s flooding in Louisiana to help those supporting recovery from hurricanes and flooding in other communities. To register for the 2... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

Energy and Commerce leaders unveil bill to extend funding for CHIP

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) last night unveiled a bill to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022, modify reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share payments to hospitals and provide $1 billion in Medicaid funding to Puerto... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

HHS implements tiered hurricane relief strategy for hospitals in Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a three-tiered strategy to support hospitals in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Under the strategy, the agency has deployed medical teams with their own equipment and medical supplies to help provide care at an emergency and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

HHS withdraws three proposed rules, including drug payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today officially withdrew its proposal to test new models for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments. AHA had expressed concerns with the proposed rule and its inclusion of hospitals,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

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