House committee passes SMARTER Act

AHA News Now

The House Judiciary Committee today voted 16-10 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 659), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Collaboration transforming America's health care, says Hood

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 AHA board member Michelle Hood puts a priority on collaboration and on transforming the delivery system toward a fee-for-value model that uses coordinated care and integrated delivery mechanisms to build a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, rural, ACO, leadership, members, care coordination

SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

AHA News

The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

A... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, culture of safety, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

AHA News

Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

The Next Generation of Community Health

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Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA infographic highlights benefits of hospital mergers

AHA News Now

A new AHA infographic highlights the benefits of hospital mergers, as revealed by a recent study by Charles River Associates. The study found that hospital mergers between 2009 and 2014 reduced annual operating expenses at acquired hospitals by 2.5%, and are driving quality and service improvements for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, care coordination

Hospital associations outline for president their top priorities for future of the ACA

AHA News Now

In a joint letter today to President Trump and the Congress, the AHA and 71 state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations outlined their top priorities as the administration and Congress deliberate the future of the Affordable Care Act. “If the ACA is to be repealed, the potential repeal and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Coverage, Medicaid, regulation, care coordination

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

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