Deadline moved to Sept. 5 for insurers to file 2018 rates

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The deadline for filing final rates for 2018 plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces in most states is being pushed back nearly three weeks to Sept. 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed today. According to CMS, “Many state departments of insurance have permitted issuers to increase... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Full Plate Ahead - Washington's To-Do List

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Senators have left Washington for their home states for a month-long recess. When Congress returns after Labor Day, they will return to a full plate of must-do issues, including funding the government, extending the moratorium on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts, extending certain expiring... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Organizations alerted to imaging, printer cyber vulnerabilities

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Siemens has identified four vulnerabilities in molecular imaging products running Windows 7 that could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory today. Siemens is preparing updates for the affected products, and DHS recommends that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Senate passes FDA Reauthorization Act

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The Senate yesterday voted 94-1 to approve the FDA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2430), sending the legislation to the president for his signature. The bill reauthorizes and amends four FDA user fee programs under which companies that develop drugs and medical devices partially pay for premarket review of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, drug prices

VA rolling out mobile telehealth, appointment apps

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out to all VA facilities a telehealth application that securely connects veterans and their health care providers from any mobile or web-based device, President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., announced yesterday at a VA telehealth event. “This... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, Telehealth

CDC awards $200 million to fight infectious diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today awarded more than $200 million to help states, cities, counties and territories prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. The funds include $77 million to help state health departments fight antibiotic-resistance threats and enhance the CDC’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, resource use, Zika

Senate confirms surgeon general, HHS assistant secretaries

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The Senate yesterday approved President Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and three assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome Adams, M.D., will serve as surgeon general; Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., as the first HHS assistant secretary for mental health and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

AHA announces new trustees for 2018

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The AHA has elected eight members to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The incoming board members are: Christina Campos, administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, Santa Rosa, NM; Robert Casalou, regional president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, MI;... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, governance, leadership, members

CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, nurses

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