AHRQ reports continued gains in health care quality

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Health care quality continued to improve overall through 2015, with notable gains in patient safety and person-centered care, according to the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. About 80% of the person-centered measures,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity

CMS launches Hospice Compare website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today unveiled its Hospice Compare website, which initially shows how more than 3,800 hospices perform on seven quality measures related to patient treatment preferences, managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS plans to add patient experience of care data to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, hospice

CMS raises concerns with hospital donations to help fund Medicaid expansion

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently agreed to allow the New Hampshire Health Protection Program to continue unchanged through 2018, but said the state will need to change how it finances the non-federal share of the program in the future. One of 31 expansion states, New Hampshire created... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Teen overdose deaths increase in 2015 after declining since 2007

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The adolescent death rate from drug overdoses increased to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2015 after gradually declining to 3.1 from a high of 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose death rates for girls aged 15-19 nearly doubled between 1999 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, opioids

CMS proposed rule would cancel three bundled payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule that would cancel the cardiac and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment mandatory bundling payment programs, known as the episode payment models. It also would cancel the cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model. These... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, bundled payment

CBO report estimates impact of ending cost-sharing reductions

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If federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces were to end, premiums for silver-level plans would be 20% higher in 2018 and 25% higher in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated today. Individuals receiving... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Commission aligns ORYX eCQM requirements with final inpatient rule

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Acute-care hospitals will be required to report on at least four, rather than six, self-selected electronic clinical quality measures for ORYX performance measure reporting in calendar year 2017, the Joint Commission announced today. The change aligns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

CDC: Antidepressant use up 65% over 15 years

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Antidepressant use by Americans aged 12 and older increased 65% between 1999 and 2014, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 13% of Americans reported taking antidepressants in the previous month when surveyed between 2011 and 2014, up from 7.7%... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Reminder: AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

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