HHS grants four Gulf states waivers due to Hurricane Nate

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., yesterday declared public health emergencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Nate and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

FDA approves first Zika screening test for blood donors

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The Food and Drug Administration Thursday approved the first blood donor screening test for Zika virus. The agency last year recommended blood centers screen donors for the virus using an investigational test until a licensed test was available. The new licensed test was found effective by several blood... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Zika

Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

AONE announces new president-elect, board members

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives has chosen as its next president-elect Mary Beth Kingston, RN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. As 2018 president-elect, Kingston will become AONE president in 2019. She currently serves on the boards of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, nurses

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

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

Hargan sworn in as HHS deputy secretary

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The U.S. Senate this week voted 57-38 to confirm as Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, an attorney and shareholder in the health care practice at Greenberg Traurig in Chicago. Hargan, who was sworn in yesterday, previously served on President Trump’s transition team and as HHS deputy... read more

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

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

Hospitals add 4,500 jobs in September

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.09% in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,127,200 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 4,500 more people than in August and 79,700 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

House committee passes bills to extend CHIP funding, reduce EHR burden

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee last night voted 28-23 along party lines to approve legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through fiscal year 2022. The federal matching rate would remain at 23% through FY 2019, change to 11.5% for FY 2020 and return to a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Coverage

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