Rep. Hultgren renews push to protect tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is renewing a push to have House leadership protect the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds as part of tax-reform efforts. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 150 House members, including Hultgren, who co-chairs the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, expressed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, advocacy

Maine voters approve Medicaid expansion; Ohio drug pricing measure rejected

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Voters in Maine yesterday approved a ballot measure that would allow at least 80,000 low-income Maine residents to qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Maine will be the 33rd state (including D.C.) to expand the program under the ACA. It also is the first state in which voters, not... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicaid, drug prices

Physician leaders share key strategies for addressing prescription opioid crisis

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In an article published online today by NEJM Catalyst, AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Physician Leadership Forum Vice President Elisa Arespacochaga share tips and resources to help hospitals and clinicians screen for and treat opioid use disorders, communicate with patients about pain... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, opioids

AHA urges FDA to quickly resolve shortages of certain critical drug products

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AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration to take “any and all steps possible” to resolve worsening shortages of small-volume parenteral solutions that are fundamental to patient care in hospitals. “We are concerned that the shortages of widely-used and critical products are quickly becoming a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

Hospitals treat victims from Texas mass shooting

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San Antonio-area hospitals continue to care for victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, that left 26 dead and more than 20 injured. According to press reports, University Hospital, Connally Memorial Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center treated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Verma outlines vision for Medicaid, waiver review changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to approve state Medicaid proposals that promote “community engagement activities” for able-bodied, working-age enrollees, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at the National Association of State Medicaid Directors’ fall conference today. “These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and other health care facilities in certain counties affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Providers outside of those counties may... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness, preparedness

AHA, others urge Congress to preserve tax-exempt status of municipal bonds

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AHA today urged leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee to reject a proposal in the House Republicans’ tax reform package that would eliminate tax exemption for 501(c)(3) hospital bonds and advance refunding bonds. “AHA urges the committee to drop these two harmful and unwarranted provisions, which... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

MedPAC signals support for telehealth in risk-based payment models

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Friday discussed principles to guide the expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage. The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 requires the commission to report to Congress on how Medicare telehealth coverage might be expanded. During the meeting, commissioners voiced... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO, telemedicine

Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

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