NIH program targets chronic disease prevention, health disparities

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities today launched a research program to develop, implement and disseminate community-based interventions to combat chronic diseases in minority and underserved populations. The two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers include researchers,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, chronic conditions, prevention

AHA comments on proposed changes to hospital, CAH conditions of participation

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The AHA today submitted comments on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule revising several Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals. Among other provisions, CMS proposes to adopt specific non-discrimination language for the CoPs, and require... read more

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

CDC: Some racial/ethnic groups continue to smoke cigarettes at higher rates

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About four in 10 American Indian/Alaska Native adults reported smoking cigarettes when surveyed in 2010-2013, the highest rate among U.S. racial or ethnic groups, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four white and African American adults reported... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, prevention

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

Expert panel report suggests criteria, methods to account for social risk factors in Medicare

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A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests criteria and methods that could be used to account for social risk factors in Medicare value-based purchasing programs. “The poorer average performance among providers disproportionately serving socially at-risk... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, equity

Equity of Care and Diversity are a Priority

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The Institute for Diversity in Health Management this week released findings from its biennial survey “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals.” While there’s been some progress, the simple fact is there hasn’t been enough in some key areas. The survey shows that almost every... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity

Putting patients first earns Cleveland Clinic the AHA Equity of Care Award

AHA News

Cleveland Clinic’s mantra is “patients first,” says Brian Donley, M.D., the health system’s chief of staff. And he says his organization can’t put patients first unless it “understands the needs of our patients and the barriers to getting them the care that they need.”

In Cleveland Clinic’s case, that... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, awards

Survey highlights hospitals' progress, opportunities to increase equitable care

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Hospitals are making some progress to achieve health equity, but more work needs to be done, according to a biennial benchmarking survey released today by the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management. The survey found significant increases from 2013 in the percentage of hospitals that are using... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity

AHA announces Equity of Care Award winner, honorees

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Cleveland Clinic will receive the AHA Equity of Care Award July 18 at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The award recognizes hospitals for their efforts to reduce health care disparities and advance diversity within the organization’s leadership, board and workforce. The MetroHealth... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: equity, awards

AHA voices support for hospital bill's HOPD, equity, rural provisions

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The AHA today expressed support for the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (H.R. 5273), bipartisan legislation that the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up tomorrow. Under Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, off-campus outpatient facilities operating before Nov. 2,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, socioeconomic status, rural, advocacy, equity

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