AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

AHA to committee: 'Now is not the time for a flawed PAC VBP program'

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Changes to the Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act (H.R. 3298) do not go far enough to address the underlying problems with the legislation, AHA today told the bill’s sponsors, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). “Without a more balanced,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, Medicare, VBP

Reminder: Sept. 30 deadline for FY 2017 HAC review and corrections period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is conducting through Sept. 30 a second review and corrections period for the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program due to an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014. CMS... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, HAC, VBP

Rewarding patient experience improvement in VBP helps hospitals serving minority patients

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While hospitals in the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program receive patient experience points based on achievement, improvement and consistency, additional emphasis on improvement points could benefit hospitals serving minority patients, according to a study reported this week in Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, equity, VBP

HHS proposes hospital VBP change, other actions to combat opioid epidemic

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Starting in fiscal year 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to no longer use the results from three pain management questions in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey in determining hospitals’ value-based purchasing program scores, the agency... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, value-based purchasing, regulation, VBP

AHA participates in Washington briefing on MACRA

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Participating May 20 at an Alliance for Health Reform briefing on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, shared AHA’s views on the law and recent proposed rule implementing key provisions of its new physician... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare, VBP

Redefining the 'H' commands AHA board's attention, says AHA trustee Bruce Lawrence

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

The amount of change going on in health care today is greater than anything INTEGRIS President and CEO Bruce Lawrence has seen in his 35 years in the field. Redefining the hospital’s role in this changing health care world... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Redefining the H, governance, leadership, VBP

AHA urges CMS to suspend pain-related questions in Hospital VBP Program

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend the pain-related questions in the Value-Based Purchasing Program while the agency works to address concerns the questions may inadvertently contribute to the opioid epidemic. The three questions are part of the Hospital Consumer... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, VBP, opioids

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

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Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, AHA told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees today. “Hospitals, physicians and other... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, value-based purchasing, advocacy, VBP, self-referral

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