CMS to propose changes to enrollment in federally-facilitated SHOPs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intends to propose rulemaking that would change how small employers enroll in the federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Instead of enrolling online at HealthCare.gov, employers... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

WHO investigating Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization is investigating an Ebola outbreak in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since April 22. “The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

CDC: Hepatitis C infections nearly triple over five years

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The number of new hepatitis C infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015 to 2,436 a year. Because limited surveillance resources have led to underreporting, CDC estimates the actual number of new infections is closer to 34,000 a year. While... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

England's National Health Service, others report ransomware attacks

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Hospitals and other clinical services in England’s National Health Service today reported a ransomware attack, a type of cyberattack in which the actors demand the payment of ransom to regain access to a victim’s data. “This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Anthem terminates agreement to acquire Cigna

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Anthem is terminating its merger agreement with Cigna after a Delaware court denied the health insurer’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop Cigna from terminating the agreement. AHA has advocated against the deal since it was announced in July 2015, vigorously supporting the Department of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

President issues executive order on cybersecurity, critical infrastructure

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President Trump yesterday issued an executive order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure, which includes hospitals and health systems. Among other provisions, the order calls for each federal agency to use the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Governors urge Congress to quickly extend CHIP funding for five years

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The nation’s governors yesterday urged Congress to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, at the current enhanced federal matching rate. “Certainty of funding in the near-term is needed so that states may appropriately budget and plan for their upcoming fiscal years,”... read more

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

Open Payments 2016 review and dispute period ends May 15

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Physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute 2016 payments reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Open Payments program through May 15. Applicable drug and medical device makers and group purchasing organizations must annually report certain payments made to physicians and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

President names five to commission on opioid crisis

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President Trump yesterday named to chair his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The president also named to the bipartisan commission North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper; Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 23 webinar for hospital epidemiologists on resource management and priority setting during infectious disease outbreaks. Part of an Outbreak Response Training Program developed by CDC with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, preparedness

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