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

AHA to CMS: Withdraw proposed 340B cut

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA yesterday told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018.

“CMS... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

FY 2018 inpatient PPS proposed rule

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 14 issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018. The rule would increase rates by 1.6% in FY 2018 compared to FY 2017, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law.

The proposed... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

Report: Administrative simplification standards could save $9.4 billion a year

AHA News Now

U.S. health care providers could save more than $7.9 billion annually and at least 1.1 million labor hours per week if commercial health plans fully adopted seven national standards for electronic business transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Health plans could save an estimated $1.4... read more

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

CAQH webinar tomorrow on progress toward administrative simplification

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The Council for Affordable and Quality Healthcare will share updated data on administrative cost savings from reducing manual business transactions during a webinar tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here. For more on the benefits of administrative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

AHA offers Trump suggestions for reducing regulatory burden on hospitals, patients

AHA News Now

The AHA today thanked President-elect Trump for his interest and commitment to addressing regulatory reform, and suggested 33 actions the incoming administration could take immediately to reduce the burdens on hospitals and the patients they serve. “Reducing administrative complexity in health care would... read more

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

Study: Physicians spend nearly twice as much time on EHR/desk work as patients

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Physicians spent 27% of their office day on direct clinical face time with patients and 49% of their time on electronic health records and desk work, according to a study by the American Medical Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, administrative simplification

AHA comments on home health proposed rule for 2017

AHA News Now

AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2017. Specifically, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, asks CMS to postpone action on proposed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

Outdated Regs Impede Care Transformation

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Every day hospitals and health systems seek to provide the best care for each and every patient. But a growing list of regulatory barriers hampers their efforts to transform and improve care. Improving the coordination of patient care is a prime example. Last week, we released a report as part of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification, self-referral, clinical integration, antitrust

Addressing Violence to Achieve our Vision

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This has been a very disturbing and emotional week for our country. We know full well that there are racial disparities in our health care system and we are working hard to address them. Further, we know that there are racial disparities in our criminal justice system and we see them taking place. But we... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Behavioral health, administrative simplification

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