Senate confirms Verma as CMS administrator

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The U.S. Senate last night voted 55-43 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Seema Verma to serve as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. As president and founder of health care consulting company SVC Inc., Verma worked with the state of Indiana to design its Healthy Indiana Plan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

Online training on National Healthcare Safety Network available March 20-24

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The National Healthcare Safety Network will webcast on March 20-24 its annual training program for people who use the system to submit data on healthcare-associated infections for acute-care or long-term care facilities, or to identify opportunities to improve patient safety. Topics will include NHSN data... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

IHI, NPSF to merge; propose 'public health framework' to advance patient safety

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation yesterday announced plans to merge May 1. IHI President and CEO Derek Feeley will lead the combined organization and NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., its combined patient safety programs. As part of the announcement,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety, prevention

National Nutrition Month

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The word hunger calls to mind thin starving children. But in America today the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, obese children are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of food – foods that are dense in calories, but nutritionally poor.

National Nutrition... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, members, chronic conditions

CBO estimates impact of ACA repeal legislation on coverage, budget

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The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation today released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act, the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to repeal and replace parts... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Medicare inpatient quality reporting deadline unchanged

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Hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Inpatient Quality Reporting program must electronically submit electronic clinical quality measure data via the QualityNet secure portal by March 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT in order to meet IQR requirements and receive a full payment update... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

HHS invites Section 1332 waivers for state high-risk pool, reinsurance programs

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price today invited states to apply for Section 1332 wavier proposals that include high-risk pool/state-operated reinsurance programs. “If a state’s plan under its waiver proposal is approved, a state may be able to receive pass-through funding to help offset a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA releases National Hospital Week planning guide

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May 7-13 is National Hospital Week, an annual celebration of hospitals and the men and women who support the health of their communities. This year’s theme is “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.” For more information and a planning guide, visit www.aha.org/hospitalweek.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

ASHE presents 2017 Vista Awards

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering today presented 2017 Vista Awards to three hospital teams for exemplary collaboration in creating optimal health care environments. The recipients are UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco; Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Tower in Gulfport,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: awards

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