AHA offers Congress recommendations to better integrate care in Medicare Advantage

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The AHA today encouraged Congress to continue access to Medicare Advantage special needs plans for vulnerable populations and give all MA plans more flexibility to tailor their products based on enrollees’ needs. “In some cases, a small subset of enrollees would benefit from a certain specialized service,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, care coordination

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities


In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

AHA weighs in on Senate Finance workgroup chronic care draft legislation

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The AHA Nov. 22 commended the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group (CCWG) on the release of its recent draft legislation to address the needs of Medicare beneficiaries and recommended further refinements.

“We appreciate the deliberate and thoughtful process undertaken by the CCWG to... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, chronic conditions, care coordination

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

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Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

South Philadelphia's immigrants have a bridge to better health - and life

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Thousands of uninsured Latino and other immigrants in South Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods go to Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health) for health care, wellness – and hope of a better life.

Since 2003, Puentes has provided low-cost primary health care, plus a range of social and educational... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems


A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination

New resource available to help hospitals improve behavioral health


Improving behavioral health is one of the top priorities for hospitals and the communities they serve.  A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence outlines how hospitals and health systems can address the challenges of integrating physical health with behavioral health, enhance... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

New Report: Creating a Care Delivery System to Achieve the Triple Aim


Hospitals and health care systems are striving to achieve the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the cost of health care. To achieve these goals, hospital leaders are designing new care delivery systems. Adoption of these new systems can be... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Triple Aim, access, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Partners align resources, coordinate services for a healthier Baton Rouge

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By Shellie Byrum


Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden and the city seven years ago embarked on the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (MHCI), also known as Healthy BR, a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to communicate, coordinate and collaborate community-wide efforts to pursue better health outcomes for... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, care coordination

AHA Testifies Before Congress on the State of Competition in Health Care


Today, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law about the state of competition in the health care marketplace as it relates to hospital and insurer consolidation.

Pollack highlighted that the health care... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: acquisitions, access, care coordination, antitrust

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