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

AHA HAVE Awards are our way of saying thanks to those who give so much to so many

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Are your hospital’s volunteers teaming up with others in your community to help the people you serve become healthier? Are they working to enhance the public’s trust and confidence in your hospital or health system? Are they taking on a major health problem and helping those who suffer regain their normal... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, awards

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

AHA webinar Dec. 6 on strategic workforce development

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The AHA Workforce Center will host a Dec. 6 webinar on "Workforce Planning from a Health System Perspective," the second in an AHA series on "Sustainable Healthcare Delivery through Strategic Workforce Development." Speakers will discuss challenges and successes in strategic workforce planning and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: workforce

One hospital's prescription for fighting hunger

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teaching-kitchenOne way Providence Milwaukie (Ore.) Hospital tackles food insecurity and hunger in its community is by writing “prescriptions” for healthy meals and cooking classes.

The hospital last year opened a “community teaching kitchen” and “food pharmacy” on its campus to teach patients how to prepare recipes... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, prevention

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