AHA issues guide to implementing access strategy in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a multi-step strategy to promote care coordination between Indian Health Service facilities and other health care providers. The strategy is one of nine innovative ways for communities at risk... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, equity, access

AHA highlights Patient Safety Week events and resources

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March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, observed annually to increase knowledge and interest about patient safety and engage health care professionals and the public. For more on the featured events and AHA resources to build a culture of safety, visit AHA.org/PSAW. For more on the week and how... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Hospitals add 6,300 jobs in February

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.12% in February to a seasonally adjusted 5,085,000 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 6,300 more people than in January and 104,000 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

AHA Stat blog: Congress should protect the 340B program

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“Congress should preserve the 340B Drug Pricing Program and protect patients and communities,” writes AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels in an AHA Stat blog post. He notes, “Every day, we see stories about the exorbitant costs of prescription drugs and the serious challenges they pose for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, drug prices

House committees report out ACA repeal bills

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The House Committee on Ways & Means early this morning reported out its part of the House legislative package to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, while the House Energy & Commerce Committee this afternoon completed the markup of its piece of the legislation – collectively known as the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

CMS issues MOON FAQs for hospitals as requirement takes effect

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions for hospitals implementing the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, including guidance on completing the free-text field that explains why the patient is not an inpatient. Effective March 8, all hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals

CDC: Avian flu outbreak in Tennessee poultry poses low risk to humans

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by an H7N9 avian flu outbreak in commercial poultry in Lincoln County, TN, the agency said yesterday. According to USDA, the virus is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, preparedness

CMS updates web resource on provider transition to Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its webpage to help health care providers prepare for the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, which will replace the Health Insurance Claim Number on transactions such as billing, eligibility status and claim status by April 2019. The agency expects a ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

AHA unveils new trustee web resource

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The AHA today launched a new web resource – trustees.aha.org – as part of the association's ongoing efforts to support trustee education and governance across the hospital and health system field. The resource is designed to support good governance in the changing health care environment by providing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: governance

Reminder: AHA webinar March 16 on strategies to address rising medication costs

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The AHA will host a free webinar March 16 on strategies to address rising medication costs. The event will feature a case study by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. For more information and to register, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

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