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

Reminder: AHA webinar tomorrow on preventing human trafficking

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative will host a March 23 webinar on how hospitals and health systems can help prevent human trafficking. The free webinar will explore the problem of human trafficking, approaches health care organizations can adopt to address human trafficking and provide case... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: prevention

Amendments to ACA repeal bill unveiled

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House Republican leaders late last night unveiled changes to the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. One manager’s amendment makes changes to policies affecting both Medicaid and the tax code, and a second amendment makes technical changes... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Reminder: IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available through March 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals can review their quality data through March 30 before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. “Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare

AHA launches ad urging Congress to protect coverage

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A new AHA television ad urges Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the American Health Care Act, on which the House of Representatives could vote Thursday, would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

CMS delays CJR expansion, bundled payment model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the applicable date for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program from July 1 to Oct. 1.... read more

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

Study: Perinatal HIV infections decline over decade

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An estimated 69 infants were born with perinatal HIV infection in 2013, down from 216 in 2002, according to a study published online today by JAMA Pediatrics. “The continuing prevalence of missed prevention opportunities suggests that the remaining HIV transmissions occur in a subset of the population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

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