CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

CMS updates Open Payments website with 2015 data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today updated the Open Payments website with 2015 data on payments by drug and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals, as well as new data for the 2013 and 2014 reporting periods. The Affordable Care Act requires applicable drug and medical... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, transparency, teaching hospitals

AHA voices support for health care cost transparency bill

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The AHA today expressed support for the Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act (H.R. 5547), bipartisan legislation that would promote cost transparency for health care consumers. “Consumers deserve meaningful information about the price of their hospital care, and hospital leaders are as committed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: price, transparency

AHASTAT blog: For report cards, the answer is not always more information

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Hospitals and health systems support displaying quality information in an understandable and accessible way, but report cards must be designed with care, writes Nancy Foster, AHA vice president of quality and patient safety policy, in an AHASTAT blog post today. “A blog post in Health Affairs poses the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, transparency

Striking a Balance with Transparency and Usefulness

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A blog post in Health Affairs poses the question: Will Hospitals Help or Hinder a Better Report Card? The answer is that hospitals and health systems have led the way in developing transparent reporting of quality and patient safety data. As a creator of Hospital Compare, a consumer-oriented website that... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, transparency

Oregon hospitals offer cost estimates for scheduled procedures within three days

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Every Oregon hospital has volunteered to provide cost estimates for scheduled hospital procedures within three business days, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems announced yesterday. The policy will primarily help uninsured and out-of-network patients, since most insured patients can... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Community benefit, transparency

Field must adapt to revolution in information transparency, says AHA trustee Steven Johnson

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The Class of 2018 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

Hospitals and health systems must adapt to a revolution in information transparency that has turned patients into “powerful health care consumers,” says AHA board member Steven Johnson, president and CEO of Susquehanna... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Redefining the H, governance, leadership, transparency

Helping Patients with Surprise Bills

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Today’s TIME Magazine story on surprise bills highlights an important issue confronting many patients in the course of their care. The AHA believes patients and their families should be protected from the financial burdens of unexpected bills. This requires everyone providing a health care service to help... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: transparency

NAIC approves model network adequacy law

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners voted this weekend to approve model state-level legislation to ensure health insurance provider network adequacy. They did so after a lengthy 18-month process that included extensive engagement with health plans, providers, consumer advocates and state... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, transparency

Slavitt calls for increased transparency on drug prices

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt called for “increased transparency” of the information available about drug pricing and value during a Nov. 20 stakeholders meeting hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services on pharmaceutical innovation, access and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: transparency, drug prices

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