Study: Hospital community benefits exceed federal tax exemption 11 to 1

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As Congress turns to tax reform, a new analysis prepared by Ernst & Young for the AHA finds that hospitals’ and health systems’ community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax exemption by a factor of 11 to one. According to the report, non-profit hospitals in 2013, the most recent... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

AHA comments on CMS proposal to cancel bundling programs

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Hospitals generally support the proposed cancellation of the cardiac and Surgical Hip and Femur Fracture Treatment bundling program and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundling program and partial conversion of the CJR program to a voluntary model, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels told... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Groups urge CMS to suspend draft laboratory payment rates under PAMA

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Twenty-three organizations, including the AHA, Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend implementation of new draft Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, citing significant concerns with the data collection... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

California wildfires force two hospitals to evacuate

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At least two hospitals evacuated patients yesterday due to the wildfires in northern California. Kaiser Permanente transported about 130 patients from Santa Rosa Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and other area hospitals. The Santa Rosa hospital was not damaged but was closed, with scheduled... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

AHA Stat Blog: Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry “continues to misrepresent” the 340B Drug Pricing Program and its “successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, drug prices

57 senators urge CMS to consider feedback before finalizing 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback" before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "The long-term success of the 340B program is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, regulation

HHS grants four Gulf states waivers due to Hurricane Nate

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., yesterday declared public health emergencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Nate and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

FDA approves first Zika screening test for blood donors

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The Food and Drug Administration Thursday approved the first blood donor screening test for Zika virus. The agency last year recommended blood centers screen donors for the virus using an investigational test until a licensed test was available. The new licensed test was found effective by several blood... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Zika

Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

AONE announces new president-elect, board members

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives has chosen as its next president-elect Mary Beth Kingston, RN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. As 2018 president-elect, Kingston will become AONE president in 2019. She currently serves on the boards of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, nurses

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