Webinar Friday on new payment codes for behavioral health integration

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will host an Oct. 27 webinar on applying the new Medicare payment codes for behavioral health integration services, including collaborative care. The codes, applauded by the AHA, were introduced this year under the physician fee schedule final... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, coding, regulation, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

Legislation would align patient confidentiality regulations with HIPAA

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Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Friday introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545), AHA-supported legislation that would align Part 2 federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder treatment records with the Health Insurance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, HIPAA, care coordination, opioids

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

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The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the "60% Rule" for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy's "arbitrary access restrictions" for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, care coordination

CMS releases MACRA proposed rule

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The AHA yesterday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA – continues the “incremental, flexible implementation approach called for by hospitals, health systems and the more than 500,000 employed and contracted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, care coordination

Pollack calls on Senate to 'reset' the AHCA discussion

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AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today called on the Senate to “reset the discussion” over health care policy by rejecting the House-passed American Health Care Act. Kicking off the AHA Annual Membership Meeting’s Federal Forum, Pollack reiterated the AHA’s concerns about the AHCA jeopardizing coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, patient and family engagement, care coordination, prevention

House committee passes SMARTER Act

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The House Judiciary Committee today voted 16-10 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 659), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Collaboration transforming America's health care, says Hood

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 AHA board member Michelle Hood puts a priority on collaboration and on transforming the delivery system toward a fee-for-value model that uses coordinated care and integrated delivery mechanisms to build a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, rural, ACO, leadership, members, care coordination

SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

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Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

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