DHS issues National Cyber Incident Response Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security yesterday released a National Cyber Incident Response Plan to articulate the roles and responsibilities, capabilities and coordinating structures that support how the nation responds to and recovers from significant cyber incidents posing risks to critical... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

Inauguration Day and the Future of Health Care

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Inauguration Day ushers in a new era of change in Washington. Republicans and Democrats will assemble together to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office, and to celebrate the peaceful passing of power that is a hallmark of our democracy. Meanwhile, across America, health care needs don’t take a day... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, leadership, members

Senate HELP Committee holds hearing for HHS secretary nominee

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held a hearing for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services. When Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and others raised concerns about reducing coverage, Price said, “People need to know the rug... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access, leadership, regulation

Appeals court hears hospital challenge of NLRB peer review decision

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today heard oral arguments in a case brought by Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, KS, to overturn a 2015 National Labor Relations Board decision that directly threatens the confidentiality of the hospital peer... read more

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Tags: physicians, nurses, workforce

CMS extends deadline for reporting 2016 eCQM data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended through March 13 the deadline for eligible hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and/or Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to submit electronic Clinical Quality Measure data for the calendar year 2016... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

CMS finalizes further limits on Medicaid managed care pass-through payments

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule further limiting states’ ability to increase or create new pass-through payments for hospitals, physicians or nursing homes under Medicaid managed care contracts. The rule prevents states from adding new or increasing current... read more

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Tags: Medicaid, regulation

FDA issues safety alert on defibrillator

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LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillators may not be able to deliver therapy during a resuscitation attempt due to an intermittent connection between the battery and device electrical contacts, according to a safety alert issued Saturday by the Food and Drug Administration. Device maker Physio-Control has received 34... read more

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Tags: safety, regulation

CMS announces new payment model for rural hospitals in Pennsylvania

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week announced a new all-payer global budget model for rural critical access and acute-care hospitals in Pennsylvania. Under the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, the state will prospectively set the all-payer global budget for each participating rural... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Medicaid

House passes budget resolution

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The House of Representatives today voted 227-198 to pass a fiscal year 2017 budget resolution, continuing the process to potentially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The resolution, passed earlier this week by the Senate, instructs the four authorizing committees – House Ways and Means... read more

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Tag: Coverage

HHS finalizes changes to Medicare appeals procedures

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The Department of Health and Human Services today released a final rule that attempts to address the significant backlog in Medicare appeals by making certain procedural changes. Specifically, the final rule in some cases allows attorney adjudicators to hear appeals in lieu of Administrative Law Judges... read more

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Tags: RACs, Medicare, regulation

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