AHA urges Senate to protect coverage as it considers House-passed AHCA

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The AHA on June 16 urged the Senate to make continued health care coverage a priority as it deliberates the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Health care coverage is vitally important to working Americans and their families,” AHA... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

Cleveland Providers, Patients Urge Senate to Protect Health Coverage

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At an event today in Cleveland, health care leaders and patients urged the U.S. Senate to protect affordable and adequate health coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. “I can tell you from my experience as a practicing physician and as a physician involved in population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Eight groups urge Senate to protect patients in health care debate

AHA News

Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.

"As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

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

AHA seeks DSH and other changes to inpatient PPS rule

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The AHA supports  a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive Vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Health care safety net for the homeless

AHA News

The St. Bernadette Community Clinic is a health care safety net for the homeless and needy residents living in economically depressed neighborhoods of downtown Lafayette, La.

For 22 years, it has provided free primary and dental care to the homeless, those living in shelters, the poor and uninsured or... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, access

AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D., describes the hospital of the future

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

The hospital and health system field is moving from its traditional role as a “repair shop for disease” to serving as an agent for building healthier communities, says AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D.

In coming years,... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, governance, leadership, members

Top-performing CMS project touted for curbing 30-day readmissions

AHA News

Sun Health in Surprise, Ariz., knows what it takes to prevent Medicare patients from returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

The health care organization had the lowest 30-day readmission rates of all participants in a recently concluded five-year federally funded demonstration... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, population health, Medicare

AHA trustee Spring sees innovative solutions to rural hospitals' problems

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

Ensuring access to care in struggling, rurally isolated communities requires fresh thinking and creative strategies from policymakers, says Jason Spring, chief strategic officer for Kalispell (Mont.) Regional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, governance, leadership

Stable housing for elderly residents

AHA News

elderly-housingThe struggle to maintain safe and affordable housing dims the luster of the golden years for many older Americans.

It’s a struggle that “affects seniors’ ability to remain independent and enjoy a high quality of life,” says Janet Hunko, director of the University of Michigan Health System’s Housing... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

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