CDC reports on 2014 health care access and use by adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a report summarizing 2014 data on health care access and use of clinical preventive services by adults, based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. The authors say the data can be used as a baseline to assess and monitor... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: access, prevention

Preserving Medicaid is a Priority

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When Congress returns next week, Republican leaders intend on advancing legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – legislation which would currently include the possible redesign of the Medicaid program. Medicaid today provides coverage to more than 70 million children and poor,... read more

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

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

With Plans Taking Shape, Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard

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While Congress passed a budget resolution last month “unlocking” the reconciliation process to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, the January 27 deadline for the committees of jurisdiction to develop substantive legislation has come and gone. That’s why the options outlined yesterday by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

Senators ask HHS secretary to protect access to health care in rural communities

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In a letter yesterday to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a bipartisan group of 41 senators representing rural states expressed interest in working with the administration to strengthen access to hospital and health care services in vulnerable rural communities. “Rural hospitals play a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

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

Ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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What are vulnerable communities? They’re communities in rural and inner-city America that lack access to primary care or are hobbled by a poor economy, high rates of uninsured and low health literacy, among other things.

For the millions of Americans who live in them, the local hospital is an important –... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

AHA issues discussion guide for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a discussion guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement innovative ways to preserve access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. The AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities recently issued... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, governance

Report: Hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, according to an AHA-commissioned study by Charles River Associates, unveiled today at a briefing in Washington,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, mergers, access

Coalition releases prior authorization principles to facilitate patient access to care

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The American Medical Association and 16 other health care organizations, including the AHA, today released a set of 21 principles for ensuring that prior authorization requirements do not hinder patient access to care. Members of the coalition – which includes representatives from hospitals, medical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, administrative simplification

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