AHA: REACH Act 'important first step' to ensuring care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today called the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (S. 1130) “an important first step toward ensuring access to health care services in some rural communities.” Introduced this week by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the REACH Act would allow... read more

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

Burgess outlines House health reform bill, other legislative priorities

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today told hospital and health system leaders that the American Health Care Act would give states the flexibility to tailor their medical programs to their most vulnerable residents. As the bill moves to the Senate, Burgess, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, regulation, emergency care

GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

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

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

House approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications

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The House of Representatives last night voted 404-0 to approve 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 report offers strategies to ensure access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a report offering hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the community to using technology to provide 24/7 care in... read more

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

Study examines ED visits related to adverse drug events

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Four of every 1,000 emergency department visits were related to adverse drug events, according to a study in today’s issue of JAMA. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined nationally representative data from 58 U.S. EDs participating in the National Electronic Injury... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, emergency care

Congress urged to pass key hospital legislation during lame duck session

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The 114th Congress returned Nov. 14 for its final weeks of the session. At the top of the agenda – keeping the federal government open past Dec. 9 when current funding runs out.

In their remaining time in Washington, the AHA urges legislators to support “crucial must-pass legislation” for hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, advocacy, access, emergency care

House passes bill clarifying EMS authority to administer controlled substances

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The House of Representatives today approved AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 4365) clarifying that emergency medical services practitioners may administer controlled substances in accordance with a standing order issued by a physician medical director of an EMS agency. “We applaud your efforts to clarify... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: emergency care

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