AHA resources highlight crucial role of rural hospitals, Medicare extenders

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Today is National Rural Health Day , an annual event spotlighting the unique health care needs and access and delivery challenges of America’s rural and frontier communities. “Without action from Congress, critical programs that protect health care in rural communities will expire,” notes a new AHA ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

AHA issues guide on emerging strategy for vulnerable frontier communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a strategy to address the unique health care access and delivery challenges faced by geographically isolated, low-population communities. The emerging strategy is one of nine identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

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Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, 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

Stability Needed

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Last week, the Administration announced that it will halt funding of the cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, that benefit nearly 6 million low- and modest-income Americans who buy coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Federal law requires insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

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Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

AHA webinar Nov. 1 on global budgets as a way to ensure access to care

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The AHA will host a Nov. 1 webinar on global budget payment programs, one of nine potential strategies identified by an AHA task force last year to help ensure access to care in vulnerable communities. The webinar will spotlight MedStar Health’s journey to implement the Maryland All-Payer Model; how to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

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

Let's get more Americans covered

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America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid... read more

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

HHS implements tiered hurricane relief strategy for hospitals in Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a three-tiered strategy to support hospitals in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Under the strategy, the agency has deployed medical teams with their own equipment and medical supplies to help provide care at an emergency and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

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