AHA comments on certain MedPAC proposals for EDs, post-acute care

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The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, emergency care

Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

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Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

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

House sends AHA-backed EMS bill to President

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The House of Representatives yesterday passed by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: emergency care

AHA issues next guide in series on ensuring access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an urgent care center strategy to maintain an access point for urgent medical conditions that can be treated on an outpatient basis, without having to maintain emergency medical services or inpatient... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community health, access, emergency care

Senate approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications

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The Senate last night approved by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a standing order... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, emergency care

Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

FDA: Hospira recalls emergency syringe drugs due to potential lack of sterility

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Hospira, a Pfizer company, has voluntarily recalled certain lots of 8.4% sodium bicarbonate injection and other emergency syringe drugs distributed since January to hospitals and wholesalers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, because the drugs may not be sterile, the Food and Drug Administration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, emergency care

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

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