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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

AHA urges CMS to withdraw proposed cut to 340B program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA today told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “CMS lacks... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

AHA News Now

The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

AHA News Now

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 convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

AHA News Now

Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

AHA News Now

The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

AHA News Now

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

Patients, providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

AHA News Now

At an event today in Denver, patients and health care providers highlighted concerns with health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, including the recently released U.S. Senate proposal. Speakers included a cancer survivor, diabetes patient, mother of premature twins, two physicians and the CEO... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

Bill would expand 340B discounts for orphan drugs

AHA News Now

Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) yesterday introduced the Closing Loopholes for Orphan Drugs Act (H.R. 2889, legislation that would limit the “orphan drug” exclusion for 340B Drug Pricing Program rural and cancer hospitals. Specifically, the legislation would allow 340B critical access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

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