Senators introduce VA health care bill

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Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) yesterday introduced the Veterans Community Care and Access Act (S. 2184), legislation to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system and better integrate VA services and community care programs. According to a legislative summary, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, telemedicine, clinical integration, care coordination

Moody's revises nonprofit health care outlook to negative

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Moody’s Investors Service yesterday revised its outlook for the nonprofit health care sector to negative from stable, projecting a continued decline in cash flow through 2018. “Revenue growth is under pressure because of very low reimbursement rate increases, an ongoing rise in government payers and a... read more

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

Senate passes tax bill

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The Senate voted 51-49 early Saturday to approve tax reform legislation, which includes provisions that would repeal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act mandate that most individuals have health insurance, eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through advance refunding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, bonds

AHA comments on certain MedPAC proposals for EDs, post-acute care

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The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, emergency care

IRFs and LTCHs can review quality data through Jan. 3

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Jan. 3 to review their quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in March 2018. Providers also have until Jan. 3 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if they... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

AHA report examines value-based payment trends

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The AHA today released a TrendWatch report to help hospital and health system leaders better understand the current landscape of value-based payment models and the capabilities needed to accept various levels of risk. “Hospitals and health systems – influenced by both policy and market forces – are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: value-based purchasing

1. FDA updates drug product shortages resulting from Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria's impact on drug manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico has exacerbated the ongoing shortage of amino acids for injections, in addition to other medical supplies, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said yesterday. According to the agency, the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Drug Shortages

HHS announces pilot project on optimizing administrative simplification standards

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking health plan and clearinghouse volunteers to participate in an HHS Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act administrative simplification optimization project pilot. Volunteers will undergo reviews of their transactions for compliance with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

CDC: HIV diagnoses occurring more quickly

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HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years, according to the report. In 2011, the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Dec 6 webinar: Geisinger shares efforts to improve provider experience

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Geisinger leaders will share the health system's journey to alleviate stressors face by health care workers by improving the provider experience during a Dec. 6 webinar hosted by the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum. Leaders from the Danville, PA-based health system will highlight how they conducted a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

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