Deadline moved to Sept. 5 for insurers to file 2018 rates

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The deadline for filing final rates for 2018 plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces in most states is being pushed back nearly three weeks to Sept. 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed today. According to CMS, “Many state departments of insurance have permitted issuers to increase... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse

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President Trump yesterday said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, and he is instructing the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis. "The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency," Trump told... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

Medicare appeals order sent back to trial court

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will bear a “heavy burden to demonstrate the existence of an impossibility” notes today’s decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

SAMHSA issues new behavioral health reports that provide state-level data

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released updated reports highlighting data on the prevalence of substance use, suicidal thoughts, serious mental illness and treatment for each state and the District of Columbia. The findings are presented by age, gender, racial and ethnic... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Reminder: CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship exceptions due... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Telehealth

AHA's HRET to host Aug. 24 webinar on fostering hospital-community partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust Aug. 24 will host a webinar to share actionable strategies and lessons learned for cultivating successful hospital-community partnerships to build a cultural of health. Leaders from Sinai Health System in Chicago and St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, ME,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

ACHI announces call for proposals for 2018 national conference

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The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement is accepting proposals for breakout sessions and posters for its 15th Annual National Conference. The conference, to be held March 14-16, 2018 in Atlanta, will focus on the theme “Be the Bridge” and will seek to help participants foster connections... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

A hospital's garden helps feed food-insecure families

AHA News

hospital-gardenThe community garden at Arkansas Children’s Hospital nourishes not only crops but also hungry families.

The Little Rock hospital collaborated with the local university and community organizations to open the garden in 2016. “We wanted to engage the community and to get produce in the hands of those who... read more

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

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