Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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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

Hospitals, not pharmaceutical manufacturers, are preserving and protecting the safety net

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A group financed by the pharmaceutical industry is hosting a meeting today on the 340B Drug Pricing Program with the goal of “Preserving the True Safety Net.” But what the meeting really will be about is the pharmaceutical industry – with their skyrocketing prescription drug prices and huge profits –... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Community benefit, access, drug prices

Hospitals bolster Georgia economy, but challenged financially

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Georgia hospitals contributed $43.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, employing more than 160,000 people and indirectly supporting more than 364,000 jobs, according to a study released last week by the Georgia Hospital Association. Despite these contributions, the state’s hospitals continue to face... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community benefit, Medicaid, workforce

House calls for better care, lower cost

AHA News

Peter Boling, M.D., learned 32 years ago that the doctor’s office or hospital isn’t always the best place to treat elderly patients – not when they suffer from chronic illnesses or infirmities that make it a struggle getting out.

In 1984, Boling started doing house calls as part of Virginia Commonwealth... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, chronic conditions

IL hospitals contribute $88.8 billion a year to state's economy

AHA News Now

Illinois hospitals and health systems generate $88.8 billion a year and nearly 500,000 direct and indirect jobs for the state’s economy, according to a new report by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association. “Illinois residents deserve to have quality health care and to live in economically thriving... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Community benefit

MHA: Missouri hospitals continue to bear cost of state's high uninsured rate

AHA News Now

Uncompensated care costs at Missouri hospitals increased 469% between 2004 and 2014, according to the Missouri Hospital Association’s annual Community Investment Report. In 2014, the state’s hospitals provided $1.3 billion in uncompensated care, including $723 million in charity care and $590 million in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Trinity Health video tells story of expanded coverage

AHA News

Trinity Health has put together a “Coverage Expansion Success” video to capture the past two years of the organization’s work in supporting the expansion of Medicaid coverage and assisting with enrollment through the health insurance marketplace provided under the Affordable Care Act. The large Catholic... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Coverage, access

Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

AHA News Now

Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed nearly $4.2 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2013, a 5.4% increase from 2012, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. The total includes $2 billion in government underpayments for... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

My Hospital: Advancing Health in America

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Hospitals have always been there for their communities – every hour of every day, year after year.  When you are sick or injured, the big blue H signifies help and hope – a place to go to get the care you need. Today’s hospitals have been redefining what it means to provide care. They are working not just... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Schedule H, Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections

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