House votes to repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

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The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted 307-111 to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member board was created by the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on Medicare payment policy if the projected five-year average growth in per capita Medicare spending exceeds a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

House sends AHA-backed EMS bill to President

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The House of Representatives yesterday passed by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: emergency care

AHA, NUL event prepares leaders for hospital board roles

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The AHA and the National Urban League hosted a two-day educational event on “The Role of the Trustee in the Face of Rapidly Changing Trends in Healthcare.” During the event, which took place yesterday and today in New Orleans, NUL Affiliate CEOs received an overview of health care governance, as well as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, diversity, equity

CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

House Republican leaders release tax overhaul proposal

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Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today unveiled House Republican leaders’ proposal to reform the tax code. Among other changes, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through tax-exempt private activity bonds. In addition, the bill would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds, governance, uncompensated care, workforce

Senators reintroduce bill to provide EHR meaningful use flexibility

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Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) today introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act (S. 2059), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to hospitals and eligible professionals in... read more

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

Hatch, Brady introduce bill to fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) yesterday introduced the Healthcare Market Certainty and Mandate Relief Act of 2017 that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

CMS issues final outpatient PPS rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nov. 1 announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation, home health

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

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Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

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Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

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