SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

NIH reports progress in effort to streamline IRB review for multisite studies

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More than 150 medical research institutions have signed an agreement designed to harmonize and streamline the institutional review process for multisite studies, the National Institutes of Health announced yesterday. The SMART IRB agreement serves as a model to help investigators adhere to a new NIH ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: teaching hospitals

House leadership delays vote on ACA repeal bill

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House Republican leaders have delayed tonight’s expected vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Timing of future action on the bill is uncertain but may come as early as tomorrow morning.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid

CMS: CY 2016 EHR Hospital Reports now available

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Hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program can now generate reports on electronic clinical quality measure reporting for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Electronic Health Record Hospital Reports are available through the... read more

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

Illinois Supreme Court voids adverse hospital tax exemption decision

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The Illinois Supreme Court today vacated an appellate court decision that declared the state’s property tax exemption standard for hospitals unconstitutional, concluding that the appellate court did not have jurisdiction to take the appeal. In a friend-of-the-court brief, AHA had urged the court to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

Hospital Association of Rhode Island announces new president

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The Hospital Association of Rhode Island yesterday named as its new president M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who has served as a state senator for more than two decades, most recently as Senate president. Paiva Weed joins HARI following the departure of Michael Souza who has served as president since 2014. “We... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, Mental health, Behavioral health

House passes bill to repeal antitrust exemption for health insurers

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The House of Representatives today voted 416-7 to approve the AHA-supported Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act (H.R. 372). The legislation would repeal the antitrust exemption available to health insurers for anticompetitive conduct, including price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation. “The AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, antitrust

Hearings highlight how restrictive use programs can limit generic competition

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A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today held a hearing to examine how drug makers may misuse voluntary restricted distribution systems to delay or block generic competition. Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

Study: Septic shock drug shortage associated with higher mortality in 2011

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The U.S. norepinephrine shortage in 2011 was associated with increased mortality among hospital patients with septic shock, according to a study published online yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Food and Drug Administration reported a severe nationwide shortage of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

AONE to honor nursing leader for lifetime achievement

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives on March 30 will present its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Pamela Austin Thompson, AONE CEO emeritus. Thompson retired last July after serving 16 years as AONE CEO and as AHA senior vice president nursing and chief nursing officer since 2010. AONE is an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: awards, leadership, nurses, workforce

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