FDA warns biotin may interfere with lab tests

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning health care providers that biotin, also known as vitamin B7, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests, resulting in incorrect results that may go undetected. Used in hormone tests and tests for certain cardiac health markers such as troponin due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Study: Medicaid expansion helped health for chronically ill adults

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion was associated with improvements in mental health and access to care among low-income adults with chronic conditions, according to a study published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study, which used an analytical framework to assess... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Medicaid

340B recertification deadline is Dec. 6

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The Health Resources and Services Administration is reminding hospitals that participate in the 340B drug savings program that they must recertify by Dec. 6 or they will be terminated from the program. HRSA is required to recertify annually all participating covered entities enrolled in the 340B program... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

21 House Republicans: Protect municipal financing in final tax legislation

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Twenty-one House Republicans yesterday sent a letter spearheaded by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) to House and Senate leadership urging them to preserve the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds and advance refundings of outstanding tax-exempt bonds in any tax reform legislation. “Private activity... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. Azar, former president of Lilly USA and deputy HHS secretary under the George W. Bush administration, faced a number of questions from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

CMS: 2018 HealthCare.gov enrollment approaches 2.8 million

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Nearly 2.8 million people selected a 2018 health plan through HealthCare.gov Nov. 1-25, including nearly 500,000 last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. About 70% of those selecting plans were renewing coverage and the rest were new consumers. Thirty-nine states are using... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Enrollment

Participate in Dec. 4 United Against the Flu Twitter chat

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As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the AHA will host a United Against the Flu Twitter chat Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-noon ET. Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, an expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other flu campaign partners will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Senate Budget Committee approves tax bill

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The Senate Budget Committee today voted 12-11 along party lines to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, a bill to reform the tax code, which includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The AHA, America's Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

CMS releases draft guidance for 2019 qualified health plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late yesterday released the 2019 draft letter that provides guidance to issuers of qualified health plans interested in selling health coverage through the health insurance marketplaces. The guidance contains key deadlines and incorporates policy changes... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

AHA issues guide on emerging strategy for virtual care

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement virtual care strategies or telehealth. These strategies would allow hospitals to help maintain or supplement access to health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities that... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Telehealth

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