AHA shares tax reform concerns with House, Senate conferees

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The AHA today urged House and Senate conferees on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to adopt the Senate position maintaining tax exemption for private activity bonds, including qualified 501(c)(3) hospitals, as they meet to resolve differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the tax reform bill.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds

President signs stop-gap funding bill

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President Trump today signed a continuing resolution funding the federal government at current levels through Dec. 22, preventing a government shutdown tonight when the current CR expires. Approved by the House and Senate last night, the stop-gap measure also will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, appropriations

Hospital groups urge court to stop 340B payment cut

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The AHA joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and America’s Essential Hospitals today will urge a federal court to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from reducing Medicare payments under the 340B drug savings program by nearly 30% effective Jan. 1. In a brief to be filed... read more

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

MedPAC discusses draft payment recommendations for January

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission this week discussed several draft recommendations for Congress, which it could vote on in January. The proposals would make recommendations to increase payment rates for hospital inpatient and outpatient services by 1.25% in 2019; eliminate the 2019 and 2020... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, home health

Health system shares lessons from MACRA journey in AHA-ASA podcast series

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In a new AHA podcast series produced with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, hospital and clinician leaders from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit talk with AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., about their journey to prepare for data collection and payment changes under the Medicare Access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Hospitals add 2,200 jobs in November

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.04% in November to a seasonally adjusted 5,136,900 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 2,200 more people than in October and 69,600 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

AHA recommends FDA actions to ease regulation, improve device security

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AHA again urged the Food and Drug Administration today to allow health system pharmacies to distribute compounded products to other system facilities located more than one mile away. “The AHA is concerned that the one-mile radius limitation [included in draft guidance last year] is not workable for many... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Compounding, Cybersecurity, regulation

FDA issues guidance on its digital health regulatory policies

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The Food and Drug Administration today released for comment draft guidance clarifying what types of clinical and patient decision support software would no longer be regulated by the agency as a medical device under the 21st Century Cures Act. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the guidance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

AHA, others urge Congress to protect tax-exempt private activity bonds

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A coalition of 35 national organizations, including the AHA, today urged House and Senate leaders to “protect in full” the current federal income tax treatment of private activity bonds, as envisioned by the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Our support of all tax-exempt bonds is grounded in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: bonds

Senators call for preventing 340B cuts in year-end package

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A bipartisan group of six senators yesterday urged Senate leadership to include in a year-end package, legislation that would prevent a dramatic reduction in Medicare Part B payments for certain hospitals that participate in the 340B drug savings program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last... read more

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

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