AHA issues guide to emergency medical center strategy for vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an emerging strategy to ensure continued access to emergency and outpatient services in vulnerable communities. The emergency medical center strategy is one of nine strategies identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, emergency care

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

Senate approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications

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The Senate last night approved 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 standing order... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, emergency care

Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

FDA: Hospira recalls emergency syringe drugs due to potential lack of sterility

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Hospira, a Pfizer company, has voluntarily recalled certain lots of 8.4% sodium bicarbonate injection and other emergency syringe drugs distributed since January to hospitals and wholesalers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, because the drugs may not be sterile, the Food and Drug Administration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, emergency care

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

AHA: REACH Act 'important first step' to ensuring care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today called the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (S. 1130) “an important first step toward ensuring access to health care services in some rural communities.” Introduced this week by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the REACH Act would allow... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, emergency care

Burgess outlines House health reform bill, other legislative priorities

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today told hospital and health system leaders that the American Health Care Act would give states the flexibility to tailor their medical programs to their most vulnerable residents. As the bill moves to the Senate, Burgess, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, regulation, emergency care

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