President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

FCC task force seeks input on broadband health care solutions

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force will convene several virtual listening sessions beginning next month to facilitate stakeholder input on actions to accelerate the adoption and accessibility of broadband-enabled health care solutions and advanced technologies, including the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, access

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

HHS issues preparedness resource for August solar eclipse

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today released a resource to help emergency health care planners and providers prepare for and address response concerns related to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. “It is expected that millions will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, rural

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

Patients, providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

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At an event today in Denver, patients and health care providers highlighted concerns with health reform proposals being discussed in Congress, including the recently released U.S. Senate proposal. Speakers included a cancer survivor, diabetes patient, mother of premature twins, two physicians and the CEO... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid

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