ASHE highlights Legionnaires' disease prevention resources

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The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering affiliate offers several resources to help health care facilities implement water management programs to reduce Legionella bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, prevention

House, Senate hold hearings on HHS budget request

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The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees today held hearings on the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services. During the House hearing, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) urged Congress to quickly act within its constitutional... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, appropriations

CMS seeks input on how to reduce health care regulatory burden, improve choice

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for information on reducing regulatory burdens and improving health care coverage choices. Specifically, the agency seeks comments on changes to existing regulations or guidance that could further empower patients and promote choice in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, regulation

HHS call June 29 on recent changes to Medicare appeals process at ALJ level

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals will host a June 29 call on recent regulatory changes to the Medicare appeals process at the administrative law judge level. A final rule issued in January in some cases allows... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

IHF award nominations deadline extended to July 1

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The International Hospital Federation is accepting nominations through July 1 for its 2017 International Awards, which recognize excellence, innovations and outstanding achievements in global health care leadership and management. The awards will be presented during IHF’s World Hospital Congress, Nov. 7-9... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: awards, leadership

AHA offers Congress recommendations to better integrate care in Medicare Advantage

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The AHA today encouraged Congress to continue access to Medicare Advantage special needs plans for vulnerable populations and give all MA plans more flexibility to tailor their products based on enrollees’ needs. “In some cases, a small subset of enrollees would benefit from a certain specialized service,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, care coordination

CMS proposes arbitration changes for long-term care facilities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week issued a proposed rule revising the agency’s recently adopted arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities. The rule would remove a prohibition on pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements finalized last year, which was challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

AHA names senior vice president of member relations

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Ryan Frazier, who currently leads his own strategic consulting company and has a number of links to the AHA and its membership, will become AHA senior vice president of member relations effective at the end of June. A former member of the Business Advisory Council to the Coalition to Protect America’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

CDC issues report on preventing healthcare-associated Legionnaires' disease

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported at least 85 healthcare-associated cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection, in 2015. About 80% of the cases were associated with long-term care facilities, 18% with hospitals and 2% with both. CDC offers a toolkit to help health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, prevention

AHA urges improved guidance for tax-exempt hospitals

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The AHA today urged the Department of Treasury to issue guidance clarifying that hospitals are promoting health for the benefit of the community as a whole when they address housing, nutrition, transportation and other social determinants of health. “We urge issuance of formal guidance recognizing what... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, socioeconomic status, Community benefit, ACO

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