House passes Harvey relief package; Hurricane Irma emergencies declared

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The House of Representatives today voted 419-3 to approve $7.85 billion as part of an initial Hurricane Harvey relief package. Specifically, the bill would provide $7.4 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund and $450 million for the Small Business Administration's... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Congress urged to fund cost-sharing reductions through 2019

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As the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a series of bipartisan hearings on stabilizing the individual health insurance market, AHA and seven other organizations urged the committee to fund cost-sharing reduction benefits for at least two years. “Persistent uncertainty about CSR... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

CMS issues training on emergency preparedness rule enforcement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an online training course for state survey agencies that will evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other providers beginning Nov. 15. The course also is available to providers. A final rule issued last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, regulation

CDC awards $28 million to help states fight opioid overdoses

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday awarded $28.6 million to help 44 states and the District of Columbia respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will be used to scale up prevention activities and prescription drug monitoring programs and better track opioid-involved... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

Update on relief efforts, waivers related to Hurricane Harvey

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The AHA this week is running print and digital ads in Modern Healthcare on how to support hospital employees affected by Hurricane Harvey. “Please help support the Texas hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey,” the ad states. “While... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, workforce

CDC: Illicit opioids key contributor to overdose deaths

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Death rates involving heroin increased in all Census regions between 2006 and 2015, driven in part by increases in heroin supplies after 2010 and heroin mixed with illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths involving... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

CMS to issue guidance before implementing ligature risk requirements

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In a statement sent to accrediting organizations Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will develop guidance regarding the definition of what constitutes a ligature risk and other safety risks involved in the care of patients with suicidal ideation. CMS typically requires... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Mental health, Behavioral health

Abbott updating pacemaker firmware to correct cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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Abbott is updating the firmware for all St. Jude Medical radio frequency-enabled implantable pacemaker devices to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to access a patient's device using commercially available equipment, the Food and Drug Administration reports. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, Cybersecurity, nurses

Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce regulatory burden

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In a letter today to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, AHA laid out actions that Congress could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. The proposals range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

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