Medicare appeals order sent back to trial court

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The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will bear a “heavy burden to demonstrate the existence of an impossibility” notes today’s decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to invalidate the December 2016 court order obtained by the AHA and three hospitals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

Comments to House panel due Aug. 25 on reducing Medicare regulations, mandates

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

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

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

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As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, members

Highlights from the AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Schumer urges hospitals to mobilize grassroots efforts
 
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) today urged the hospital field to mobilize its employees in a grassroots effort to defeat the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the House. “You have every right to express your outrage... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, members

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

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Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

5 million Medicare Part D enrollees don't take blood pressure medicine as directed

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At least one in four Medicare Part D enrollees aged 65 or older are not taking their blood pressure medicine or skipping doses, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, prevention

Study: MA plans pay hospitals about 8% less than fee-for-service Medicare

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Medicare Advantage plans paid about 8% less for hospital services than fee-for-service Medicare in 2009 and 2012, according to a study published yesterday by Health Affairs. About one-third of the difference was due to the narrower hospital networks in Medicare Advantage, the authors said. “Consistent... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage

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