AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The actions range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic health records to prohibiting... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

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

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

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About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA, National Urban League leaders highlight alliance to tackle health disparities

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In a guest commentary Saturday in Modern Healthcare, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial discuss their organizations’ new alliance to tackle health disparities. “Our groups – a national hospital association and the nation’s largest civil rights... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity, leadership

CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

FDA asks company to remove opioid drug from market

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid pain medication Opana ER from the market, citing the potential for the reformulated drug to be abused. “We will continue to take regulatory steps when we see situations where an opioid product’s risks outweigh... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, opioids, prevention

USDA awards loans to expand rural broadband infrastructure in four states

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday awarded $43.6 million in loans to telecommunications providers to expand access to broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas. “These broadband infrastructure investments will connect rural communities to a digital future and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

ASHE highlights Legionnaires' disease prevention resources

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering affiliate offers several resources to help health care facilities implement water management programs to reduce Legionella bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

House, Senate hold hearings on HHS budget request

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The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees today held hearings on the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services. During the House hearing, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) urged Congress to quickly act within its constitutional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, appropriations

CMS seeks input on how to reduce health care regulatory burden, improve choice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens and improving health care coverage choices. Specifically, the agency seeks comments on changes to existing regulations or guidance that could further empower patients and promote choice in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

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