HIPAA settlement highlights need for security management process

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Metro Community Provider Network, a federally-qualified health center, has agreed to pay $400,000 and implement a corrective action plan to settle potential noncompliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rules, the Department of Health and Human Services’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: HIPAA

AHA announces annual membership awards

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AHA President Emeritus Rich Umbdenstock will receive the association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting May 7-10 in Washington, D.C. In addition, Kris Doody, CEO of Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME, and Daniel Gross, executive vice president of Sharp... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: awards

Senators introduce bill to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Friday introduced legislation (S. 898) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021. First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa waivers for up to 30 foreign physicians per... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, workforce

Trump nominates HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation

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President Trump Friday nominated as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services Stephen Parente, Minnesota Insurance Industry Chair of Health Finance at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Parente also serves as a health advisor to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, leadership

FBI Director Comey to address AHA annual meeting

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey will share his perspectives on the cyber threat landscape for health care and prevention strategies as a keynote speaker Monday, May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. For more on the meeting, May 7-10 in Washington, D.C., and to register, visit ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

AHA to join the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) today announced that AHA is joining the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (Portfolio Program). The Portfolio Program allows physicians in selected... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

MedPAC finalizes recommendations for Part B drug payment policy

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday finalized a package of recommendations for Congress aimed at reducing the rapid growth in Part B drug spending. The proposals would require all Part B drug manufacturers to submit Average Sales Price data; reduce Wholesale Acquisition Cost-based payment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

Make Your Voice Heard

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Two weeks ago, it looked like Congressional attempts to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act might be over – at least for now – after the bill House Republicans crafted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was pulled from consideration…and signals from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid

House rules committee approves AHCA amendment to establish risk-sharing program

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The House Committee on Rules today approved an amendment to the American Health Care Act to create a risk-sharing program to reimburse health insurers offering plans in the individual market for high-cost enrollees. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Legislation would make MDH program, low-volume adjustment permanent

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Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today to introduce the Rural Hospital Access Act (S. 872/H.R. 1955), AHA-supported legislation that would make permanent both the Medicare-dependent Hospital program and the enhanced low-volume... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural

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