American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

AHA News Now

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

AHA News Now

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

AHA News Now

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

AHA News Now

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

AHA News Now

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

AHA News

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

AHA News Now

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

MedPAC discusses policy options related to consolidation

AHA News Now

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission today discussed potential Medicare policy responses to consolidation and integration in the health care market, ranging from expanding site-neutral payment to making it easier for providers to participate in accountable care organizations. Commissioners had varying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, consolidation, Medicare, nurses, emergency care

House committee approves nursing workforce, emergency medications bills

AHA News Now

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2713) and the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 4365). Supported by the AHA and its American Organization of Nurse Executives, H.R. 2713 would reauthorize the Health... read more

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

House hearing examines ways to strengthen national trauma system

AHA News Now

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held a hearing on legislation to strengthen the national trauma system. One proposal, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 4365), would clarify that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: emergency care

Keyword Search

Date