Your Voice Is Critical As Congress Wraps Up

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Once again we are facing a year-end legislative traffic jam. 

As early as next week, Congress could vote on a final tax reform bill. The House and Senate have each passed different versions, and now both houses have appointed conferees to shape the final bill. Now is the time to contact your legislators,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, access, bonds

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

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

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By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

NASEM report offers strategies to make prescription drugs more affordable

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Access to effective and affordable medicines is necessary for public health, social equity, and economic development, but the biopharmaceutical sector is not meeting that need, according to a report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. “Our report seeks to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: access

AHA shares concerns on proposals for 2019 health insurance marketplaces

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The AHA today submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the agency's proposed notice of benefit and payment parameters for the 2019 health insurance marketplaces. "While we appreciate CMS's efforts to reduce regulatory burden within the health care system and provide states... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

Dec. 21 hearing scheduled in 340B lawsuit

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U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras will hear arguments Dec. 21 in AHA's lawsuit to prevent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from reducing Medicare payments for hospital outpatient drugs under the 340B drug savings program by nearly 30%. AHA is joined in the lawsuit by the Association... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, access

AHA issues guide to emergency medical center strategy for vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an emerging strategy to ensure continued access to emergency and outpatient services in vulnerable communities. The emergency medical center strategy is one of nine strategies identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, emergency care

The Importance of Coverage

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A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

AHA resources highlight crucial role of rural hospitals, Medicare extenders

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Today is National Rural Health Day , an annual event spotlighting the unique health care needs and access and delivery challenges of America’s rural and frontier communities. “Without action from Congress, critical programs that protect health care in rural communities will expire,” notes a new AHA ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

AHA issues guide on emerging strategy for vulnerable frontier communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a strategy to address the unique health care access and delivery challenges faced by geographically isolated, low-population communities. The emerging strategy is one of nine identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

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