AHA does not support latest version of ACA repeal legislation

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The AHA cannot support the latest proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act, which would continue to jeopardize health coverage for many Americans, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said today. “Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

CMS issues Medicare IRF, SNF and hospice proposed rules for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospice providers for fiscal year 2018. In accordance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, IRF, SNF and hospice payments will increase... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

Legislation to encourage generic drug entry introduced in House and Senate

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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other members of the Senate and House Judiciary committees today introduced the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act, which targets anticompetitive behaviors used to block and delay entry of generic drugs. Among other provisions, the bipartisan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

House bill introduced to extend access to physicians in underserved areas

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Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week introduced legislation (H.R. 2141) to improve and extend the Conrad State 30 program until 2021, providing a House companion to the Senate bill (S. 898). First enacted in 1994, the program allows state health departments to request J-1 visa... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, advocacy, access, workforce

Groups urge Congress to fund cost-sharing subsidies for at least two years

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Congress and the administration must fund cost-sharing reductions for at least two years to protect access to care for low- and moderate-income consumers in the individual health insurance market, the AHA, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Benefits Council,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA urges FDA not to finalize draft guidance on blood platelets for transfusion

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The AHA today urged the Food and Drug Administration not to finalize its draft guidance on bacterial testing of blood platelets for transfusion, citing serious concerns about possible unintended consequences and the potential impact on platelet supply. “Additional time, information and resources are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, access, regulation

CMS notifying clinicians of MIPS participation status

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Medicare Administrative Contractors will be notifying practices through May which clinicians associated with their taxpayer identification number must participate this year in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two new payment pathways for clinicians under the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

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

AHA comments on CMS request for information regarding Medicare Advantage

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The Medicare Advantage and Part D programs are a success when measured on metrics such as marketplace competition, consumer satisfaction and quality of care, but could be improved in a number of areas as part of continuous efforts to advance health care quality, health outcomes and health system... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage

AHA, NUL announce alliance to advance health equity, diversity

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The AHA and the National Urban League today announced an alliance to advance health equity and diversity in health care leadership in communities across the U.S. “To truly advance health in America, we must improve the quality of care for everybody, in every community,” said AHA President and CEO Rick... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity, governance, leadership

AHA's Bhatt to receive honor from National Minority Quality Forum

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The National Minority Quality Forum tonight will honor AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., as one of this year’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. Bhatt oversees the AHA’s clinical leadership and health activities and serves as president and CEO of its Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity, leadership

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