AHA faults CMS's 'short-sighted' policies on new off-campus PBDs

AHA News

The AHA Wednesday expressed “extreme dismay” with the provisions for new off-campus hospital outpatient departments contained in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) outpatient prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for 2017. 

“It appears that CMS is aiming to freeze the progress... read more

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

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

AHA News

The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on path forward for rural hospital priorities

AHA News

The AHA today held a Rural Hospital Policy Forum on Capitol Hill. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack welcomed senators, congressional and AHA staff, who updated rural hospital leaders on their legislative priorities and outlook for passing critical rural legislation this year. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy

House mental health bill passes committee unanimously after revisions

AHA News

The House Energy and Commerce Committee June 15 voted 53-0 to approve the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, after several modifications were made to the bill as a result of bipartisan negotiations. The committee-approved bill scrapped earlier measures that would have eliminated the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, Mental health, Behavioral health

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

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