AHA, FAH urge Senate to oppose attempts to weaken physician self-referral law

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals yesterday expressed strong opposition to the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act (S. 1133), and any other legislation that would repeal or modify current law to expand self-referral to physician-owned hospitals. The bill was introduced last month... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, self-referral

AHA webinar for physician leaders on using stories to inspire health care teams

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum will host a complimentary webinar June 8 on “The Art and Science of Storytelling to Engage and Inspire Health Care Teams.” For more information or to register, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, leadership

Survey: First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools up 28% since 2002

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First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools has increased by 28% since 2002, with 22 new schools accounting for nearly 40% of the growth, according to the latest annual survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges. First-year enrollment reached 21,030 in 2016-2017. According to projections... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, teaching hospitals

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

Hospitals Against Violence webinar June 13 on innovative training, partnerships

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a June 13 webinar on trends in health care violence and innovative tactics to manage patients with aggressive behavior. Representatives from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston will share their experiences. For more information and to join the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Community health, nurses, prevention

CMS issues guide to MACRA technical assistance resources

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a guide summarizing technical assistance resources available to clinicians participating in the new payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. For more on MACRA, visit qpp.cms.gov and www.aha.org/MACRA.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

Study looks at ability of physicians, nurses to predict outcomes for ICU patients

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Physicians and nurses may be better at predicting survival than functional outcomes for critically ill patients, according to a study published yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Physicians and nurses in five intensive care units were asked to predict hospital survival, plus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses

CMS delays start of CJR expansion, bundled payment model to Jan. 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today further delayed from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1 the start date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model; new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services; and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, bundled payment

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