House approves Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act

AHA News

The House last night approved by voice vote the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273. The AHA-backed legislation would revise Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) under development from Nov. 2,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural

Hospital bill clears committee with HOPD, equity and rural provisions

AHA News

The House Ways and Means Committee this week passed the AHA-supported Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273, bipartisan legislation that would adjust Medicare's readmissions program to factor in patients’ socioeconomic status and allow more off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPD)... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, Medicare, advocacy

AHA participates in Washington briefing on MACRA

AHA News

Participating May 20 at an Alliance for Health Reform briefing on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, shared AHA’s views on the law and recent proposed rule implementing key provisions of its new physician... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare, VBP

AHA submits MACRA recommendations to House Ways and Means hearing

AHA News

The AHA May 11 submitted to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee several overarching recommendations for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APM) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement in 2019 under the Medicare Access and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: physicians

Experts air proposals to rein in rising prescription drug prices

AHA News

A panel of health care pharmaceutical experts May 3 offered a range of approaches to help rein in what all agreed is an unsustainable increase in prescription drug prices during an executive briefing at the AHA’s annual meeting.  

They noted that the growth in the price of prescription drugs outpaces... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

Health plan consolidation raises serious concerns

AHA News

The two major proposed mergers in the health insurance sector – Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna – should trouble providers and consumers, because evidence suggests health plan consolidation is bad for patients, said panelists during a May 2 executive briefing at the AHA annual meeting.

“The national... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, mergers

Hospitals urged to 'find their voice' on advancing equity

AHA News

Speaking May 1 at a diversity roundtable at the AHA annual meeting, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official expressed her support for the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities, and encouraged hospital leaders to “find their voice” on achieving health care... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity

Hospital leaders will advance advocacy agenda at AHA Annual Membership Meeting

AHA News

Hospital and health system leaders from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C., for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, May 1-4, and to advance hospitals’ advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill.

Special sessions and executive briefings at the annual meeting will examine what it means to be a hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, access, administrative simplification, clinical integration, antitrust

Campaign proposes 'market-based solutions' to rein in drug prices

AHA News

The AHA today joined a coalition of health care providers, insurers and seniors in calling for greater transparency, competition and value to rein in soaring prescription drug prices.

Among other “market-based solutions,” the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing proposed requiring drug makers to release a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, drug prices

CMS delays release of Hospital Compare overall star ratings

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it will delay until at least July 2016 the release of overall hospital quality “star ratings” on its Hospital Compare website. The ratings were originally scheduled to be released April 21.

The delay for the overall star ratings... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, rating systems

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