Field has vital community role to play in reducing violence, says AHA's Pollack

AHA News

Decrying the violence that has taken a bloodier turn in recent weeks across America, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack earlier this week told health care leaders that hospitals have an important role to play in reducing violence in the communities they serve.

Kicking off the 24th annual Health Forum and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, advocacy, equity

CMS urged to examine 'serious flaws' in its star ratings system

AHA News

The AHA July 7 and three other national hospital groups called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the “serious flaws” in the agency’s hospital quality “star ratings” methodology.

“Our continued review of the limited information available to us has raised serious questions... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rating systems

With eye on Senate calendar, field rallies around 'hospital' bill

AHA News

Hospitals with different issues and concerns find something they like in the House-passed Helping Hospitals to Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273 – and hope the Senate will make consideration of the bill a priority. But an abbreviated election-year legislative calendar could possibly push any Senate... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, advocacy

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

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