Draft House ACA legislation made public

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Today, draft legislative language became public regarding potential Affordable Care Act repeal and replace legislation that may be considered by the House. This legislative language is from a Feb. 10 discussion draft, and some reports indicate that it may be outdated. However, this legislative language... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA, FAH urge Congress to oppose attempts to weaken physician self-referral law

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The AHA and Federation of American Hospitals today expressed strong opposition to the Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act (H.R. 1156), and any other legislation that would repeal or modify current law to expand self-referral to physician-owned hospitals. “For more than 15 years, community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, self-referral

AHA to MedPAC: Base MACRA proposals on data, experience from field

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The AHA today strongly urged the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to “draw upon data and experience from the field” before proposing policy changes to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models for clinicians. “The first performance period for the MIPS and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare

Council hosts Pollack, Tavenner for health care policy discussion

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The Nashville Health Care Council yesterday hosted a health care policy discussion with CEOs from the AHA and America’s Health Insurance Plans, where topics ranged from the uncertainty surrounding proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to the state of Medicaid and the proposal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Redefining the H, Medicaid

Preserving Medicaid is a Priority

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When Congress returns next week, Republican leaders intend on advancing legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – legislation which would currently include the possible redesign of the Medicaid program. Medicaid today provides coverage to more than 70 million children and poor,... read more

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

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

CMS extends transitional policy for non-grandfathered coverage

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will extend its transitional policy for non-grandfathered coverage in the small group and individual health insurance markets to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2018, provided that all such policies end by Dec. 31, 2018. Under the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Reminder: Organizations invited to apply for 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize

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The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 7 for the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, awards

Court issues full opinion blocking Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday issued its full opinion blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. As noted in the Feb. 8 order blocking the deal, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

AHA report offers tools to help hospitals align their workforce with changing needs

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The AHA’s 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement today issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s current workforce with anticipated needs as health care continues to change. “There is a critical need to elevate the discussion about... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

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