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

Apply to participate in AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Oct. 20 to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, value-based purchasing, population health, Medicare, clinical integration

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

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

AHA trustee Hochman says better behavioral health care is a national priority

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

Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, acquisitions, population health, ACO, governance, leadership, clinical integration

HHS: Fraud and abuse laws are impediment to improved care and efficiencies

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The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in an unpublicized report, has responded to Congress’ request for options to amend the existing fraud and abuse laws. The report offers no legislative or regulatory proposals. Instead it provides observations on the effect of fraud and abuse laws, concluding... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: value-based purchasing, self-referral, clinical integration

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

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

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

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

Health leaders share priorities for next administration, Congress

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To continue to transform the health care delivery system and improve quality and affordability of care for patients, hospitals need the next administration and Congress to prioritize modernizing outdated and burdensome laws and regulations, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack told attendees at a forum... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA expresses support for proposed updates to PACE program

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The AHA strongly supports the innovations in care delivery and financing pioneered by the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and generally supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ efforts to update the program’s regulatory requirements, AHA said today. The PACE program is a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses, workforce, clinical integration

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