Avera e-CARE's telehealth services work to preserve healthy rural hospitals, communities

AHA News

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health’s use of telehealth services illustrates how necessity is the mother of innovation.

The integrated delivery system turned to telehealth 25 years ago to bolster recruitment and retention of physicians in the more rurally remote regions it served.

At the time,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth, telemedicine

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

AHA News

Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

AHA News

The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Vietnamese Health Project is a bridge to better care

AHA News

For more than 20 years, Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center’s Vietnamese Health Project has been a bridge between the city’s more than 5,000 Vietnamese residents and health care.

The project addresses cultural and language differences to break down barriers to better care for an immigrant... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, Community health, equity, access

Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

AHA News

The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

AHA News

Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, access

Patients, health care advocates call on Senate to protect coverage

AHA News

At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates called on the Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.

Speakers included heart disease and breast cancer survivors, a local business owner and mother, Nevada Medical Center CEO Alan... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership

AHA urges Senate to protect coverage as it considers House-passed AHCA

AHA News

The AHA on June 16 urged the Senate to make continued health care coverage a priority as it deliberates the House-passed American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“Health care coverage is vitally important to working Americans and their families,” AHA... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

Eight groups urge Senate to protect patients in health care debate

AHA News

Eight organizations, including the AHA, will host Thursday in Cleveland the first in a series of events across the country urging the Senate to protect patient access to affordable and adequate care as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C.

"As the backbone of America's health safety-net,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

AHA urges Senate committee to protect coverage

AHA News

The AHA on May 25 urged the Senate Finance Committee to “make continued coverage a priority” as it considers changes to the Affordable Care Act.

“We believe that any changes to the ACA must be guided by ensuring that we continue to provide health care coverage for the tens of millions of Americans who... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

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