Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

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

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

AHA urges action to address flawed OIG hospital audits

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In a letter this week, the AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take specific actions to address and prevent the serious problems that flow from hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General and its use of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, advocacy

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

Fund to aid hospital employees affected by storms in Puerto Rico

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AHA has activated The Care Fund to provide support to hospital employees in Puerto Rico who experienced significant property loss or damage from any natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The association has contributed an initial $50,000 to the fund. To donate to the fund for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, disaster readiness, nurses, workforce

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

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

AHA, others urge Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy proposal

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The AHA today urged members of the U.S. Senate “to protect our patients and find ways to maintain coverage for as many Americans as possible” by rejecting the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. In a joint statement Saturday, the AHA and five... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Coverage

AHA comments on draft recommendations to address opioid crisis

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AHA yesterday provided feedback on a presidential commission’s draft recommendations to expand the federal response to the drug addiction and opioid crisis. “Of paramount importance in enabling this work is the need to preserve and protect health insurance coverage, including Medicaid,” wrote Ashley... read more

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

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

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

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