MedPAC discusses draft payment recommendations for January

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission this week discussed several draft recommendations for Congress, which it could vote on in January. The proposals would make recommendations to increase payment rates for hospital inpatient and outpatient services by 1.25% in 2019; eliminate the 2019 and 2020... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, home health

Health system shares lessons from MACRA journey in AHA-ASA podcast series

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In a new AHA podcast series produced with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, hospital and clinician leaders from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit talk with AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., about their journey to prepare for data collection and payment changes under the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

FDA issues guidance on its digital health regulatory policies

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The Food and Drug Administration today released for comment draft guidance clarifying what types of clinical and patient decision support software would no longer be regulated by the agency as a medical device under the 21st Century Cures Act. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

FDA: Don't use medical food product Limbrel

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating serious adverse events involving Limbrel, a capsule being marketed as a medical food to manage the metabolic processes associated with osteoarthritis. Health care providers who know their patients are taking the product should advise them to stop taking it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

FDA: Gout drug may increase risk of heart-related death

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday alerted health care providers and the public to an increased risk of heart-related death from a drug used to treat gout, a type of arthritis in adults. Preliminary results from a safety clinical trial of the drug febuxostat (Uloric) show an increased risk of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses

FDA approves device to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms

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The Food and Drug Administration today authorized Innovative Health Solutions Inc. to market an electrical nerve stimulator device to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms when placed behind the patient’s ear. Previously approved for use in acupuncture, the NSS-2 Bridge device reduced symptoms for patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

Report: Hospitals enhance antibiotics stewardship, continue to reduce MRSA

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Hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to include all core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services on national progress to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, nurses, resource use

AHA webinar Nov. 17 to review MACRA QPP final rule

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Join AHA policy experts for a Nov. 17 webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule updating Quality Payment Program requirements for physicians and other eligible clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Released Nov. 2, the rule specifies what eligible... read more

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Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, nurses

House holds hearing on implementing MACRA APMs

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on implementing alternative payment models for physicians and other clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. In a statement submitted for the hearing, AHA urged Congress to continue working with the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

CMS issues MIPS guidance on attesting to prevention of information blocking

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance on attesting to information blocking prevention under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Under the October 2016 final rule implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, clinicians who... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

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