ISMP survey looks at support for text messaging of medical orders

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Many health care providers do not support using text messaging for medical orders, according to a survey released last week by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. The 778 respondents included nurses, pharmacists, prescribers, medication safety officers and others. One-third of respondents thought... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, safety, Electronic Health Records

Report looks at evolving role of health care strategists

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The Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development last week released its latest report on the evolving role of the health care strategist, which provides a framework for assessing and building strategic competencies. “This latest edition of Bridging Worlds, and the roadmap it provides, is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

AHA recommends CMMI principles, models

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation should apply certain principles to all of its projects and models, AHA told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today, responding to the agency’s request for information on a new direction for the center. AHA members “believe that programs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

CMS announces Medicare premiums and deductibles for CY 2018

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The Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 in calendar year 2018, to $1,340, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts will be $335 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period; $670 for lifetime... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid

Senate Finance Committee approves tax bill

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The Senate Finance Committee last night voted 14-12 along party lines to approve the chairman’s mark of legislation to reform the tax code, which includes a provision to repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most individuals have health insurance. The AHA, America’s Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

FDA issues update on efforts to address IV fluid shortages

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., today reviewed actions the agency is taking to address the increased shortages of sodium chloride injection bags and other saline intravenous fluids used in hospital and outpatient settings since Hurricane Maria impacted production facilities... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

AHA issues guide to emergency medical center strategy for vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an emerging strategy to ensure continued access to emergency and outpatient services in vulnerable communities. The emergency medical center strategy is one of nine strategies identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, emergency care

DHS webinar Nov. 28 on 'soft target' attacks and critical infrastructure

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis will host a Nov. 28 webinar for public and private sector stakeholders on its most recent analysis of “soft target” attacks in Western countries and possible critical infrastructure-related consequences. For more on the 10... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

AHA webinar Dec. 6 on strategic workforce development

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The AHA Workforce Center will host a Dec. 6 webinar on “Workforce Planning from a Health System Perspective,” the second in an AHA series on “Sustainable Healthcare Delivery through Strategic Workforce Development.” Speakers will discuss challenges and successes in strategic workforce planning and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

The Importance of Coverage

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A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

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