NIST issues draft guidance on securing wireless infusion pumps

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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has released draft guidance to help health care organizations secure wireless infusion pumps. Developed in collaboration with the health care community and manufacturers, the guidance uses... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

CMS extends Medicaid home and community-based settings transition period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended until March 17, 2022 the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with new Medicaid criteria for home and community-based settings. “Medicaid programs are strongest when states have time to engage with beneficiaries and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, regulation

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA commissioner

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The Senate yesterday voted 57-42 to approve President Trump’s nomination of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Gottlieb most recently was a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and venture partner at New Enterprise Associates. He previously served as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Virginia hospitals report sharp decline in early elective deliveries

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Hospitals and health systems participating in a Virginia collaborative to reduce early elective deliveries, which can increase health complications for babies, reduced non-medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation from 8% to 1.3% over the past four years, the Virginia Hospital &... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, maternal health, infant health

Hospitals boost Rhode Island economy by $7.6 billion

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Hospitals in Rhode Island contributed more than $7.6 billion to the state's economy in 2015, according to a new report by the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. The hospitals employ more than 20,000 full-time health care professionals and spend about $2.1 billion a year on goods and services, which in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

Schumer urges hospitals to mobilize grassroots efforts

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Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) today urged the hospital field to mobilize its employees in a grassroots effort to defeat the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the House. “You have every right to express your outrage on behalf of the people who you take care of and your... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, workforce

Panel: Hospital field needs regulatory relief

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Hospitals and health systems are drowning in a sea of rules and regulations, but the prospects for immediate relief are uncertain, according to an expert panel yesterday at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. AHA board member Michelle Hood, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Stabenow urges hospital leaders to voice their concerns on Hill

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today urged hospital leaders to share their concerns about the American Health Care Act with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill, noting that hospitals and health systems are among the largest employers in their communities. “That story needs to be told” in the debate over... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, workforce

Lott, Daschle hopeful for bipartisan Senate health care legislation

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Without bipartisan consensus there can be no permanent consensus on health care, said former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Trent Lott (R-MS) while jointly addressing attendees today at the 2017 AHA Annual Membership Meeting. Both former senators expressed optimism that the parties might... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Celebrate National Hospital Week with 'every day heroes' video, Twitter chat

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The AHA today premiered a video honoring the “every day heroes” at America’s hospitals during National Hospital Week. “For every patient, at every hospital and health system, a team of heroes is on call,” the video notes. “To the more than 5 million real-life superheroes who work in America's hospitals... read more

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

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