Senate approves Price nomination for HHS secretary

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The Senate early today voted 52-47 along party lines to approve President Trump’s nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as Health and Human Services secretary. Price, who has served on the House Ways and Means Committee and as chairman of the House Budget Committee, spent most of his career working... read more

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

Court denies administration's request to enforce executive order on immigration

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit yesterday denied the administration’s request to suspend pending appeal a temporary restraining order preventing it from enforcing a recent executive order on immigration. The AHA had expressed concern that the executive order could negatively impact health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, workforce

Reminder: AHA call for trustee nominations open through Feb. 23

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The AHA seeks hospital and health system trustees to serve on its Committee on Governance, Regional Policy Boards, and other governing councils and committees beginning in 2018. Interested trustees are invited to view the Invitation for Involvement and submit an application through Feb. 23. For more... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership

Federal court blocks Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last night issued an order blocking the proposed acquisition of Cigna by Anthem, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the Department of Justice and states... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Coverage

AHRQ releases ICU mechanical ventilation safety toolkit

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a toolkit to help hospital intensive care units prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and other complications for patients on mechanical ventilation. The toolkit uses proven principles and methods from the agency’s Comprehensive Unit-based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

IFD announces new board members

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The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an AHA affiliate, has named five new directors to two-year terms on its board. They are: Stephen Adkins, principal chief of the Chickahominy Tribe and chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management; Peggy Harris, assistant... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: equity, governance, leadership

Webcast replay: Strategies for ensuring access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA has released a replay of its Feb. 6 webcast on innovative strategies to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities, recorded at the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. During the webcast, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and members of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

HHS: Fraud and abuse laws are impediment to improved care and efficiencies

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The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in an unpublicized report, has responded to Congress’ request for options to amend the existing fraud and abuse laws. The report offers no legislative or regulatory proposals. Instead it provides observations on the effect of fraud and abuse laws, concluding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, self-referral, clinical integration

Hospitals care for injured from Louisiana tornadoes

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Louisiana hospitals treated at least 39 people injured after several tornadoes yesterday tore through southeastern portions of the state, according to the Louisiana Hospital Association. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state, where the storm system damaged dozens of homes and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

AHA Committee on Governance names 2017 leaders

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Andrew Stern, a trustee at Medical City Dallas, will chair the AHA's 2017 Committee on Governance. David Hyman, DDS, director of the board of Hartford (CT) HealthCare, will serve as chair-elect and become chair in 2018. The COG is a specialty committee of the AHA Board of Trustees that provides input for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership

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