Tool offers comparison data on VA clinic wait times, hospital quality

AHA News Now

The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released an online tool providing average wait times for primary and specialty care appointments at specific VA clinics. The tool also provides data on VA patient satisfaction with wait times, and same-day service options for primary care and mental health. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, access

Report: Access to care improving, but state variation persists

AHA News Now

The uninsured rate declined in 42 states in 2014, and adults in 21 states were less likely to go without care due to cost, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. The share of low-income adults who were uninsured dropped at least three percentage points in every state except Maine, where it... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, patient safety, Coverage, access

Caring for Our Veterans and Veterans Taking Care of Us All

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America’s hospitals honor the service of our nation’s veterans and work to provide high-quality care for those who have served in the armed forces.  Working closely with our partners in the Veterans Administration (VA) health system, hospitals strive to address any unique needs veterans may have because... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Caregivers, Mental health, Behavioral health

Hospitals Take Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities

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To meet the changing needs of their communities, hospitals and health systems are working hard to make sure that every individual receives the highest quality of care. To achieve that goal as our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we redouble our efforts to identify and eliminate... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, diversity, equity, leadership, workforce

AHASTAT blog: Where hospital health plans excel

AHA News Now

A recent study of just one year and 12 markets found that some provider-sponsored plans had higher premiums than similar plans offered by other carriers, but “that’s not the full story,” writes AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack in an AHASTAT blog post today. “Scroll down to the end of the study... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, Coverage

Repealing SGR

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We are pleased that the House this week voted to permanently replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and we hope the Senate will follow suit. The package strikes a careful balance in the way it funds the SGR repeal and embraces a number of structural reforms to the Medicare program. It fixes... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access

America's Hospitals: There For You When You Need Us

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Hospitals’ unique role as a 24/7 health care provider is never more critical than during a disaster. Hospitals provide more than just care for the ill and injured – they are centers for relief and recovery, offer food and shelter for those in need, and help patients and communities begin the healing... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Community health, Coverage, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

Expediting Equity

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“A society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.”  That is the AHA's and every hospital’s vision, but to get there we must make faster progress in addressing the health disparities that exist in many of the populations we serve. To support your efforts to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, socioeconomic status, population health, diversity, equity

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