White House releases FY 2018 budget request

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2018. The budget request, which is not binding, proposes steep reductions to the Medicaid program but does not propose any direct reductions to Medicare funding. AHA staff are analyzing the budget request, and AHA members will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, appropriations

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

SAMHSA announces grants to implement suicide prevention model

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 cooperative agreements to implement the Zero Suicide in Health Systems model, a multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health, prevention

NIH issues national action plan for COPD

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute yesterday released a national plan for addressing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. Developed at the request of Congress and with input from the COPD community, the plan focuses on empowering... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, prevention

Palliative care leader named 2017 TRUST Award recipient

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Diane Meier, M.D., director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, will receive the Health Research & Educational Trust's 2017 TRUST Award at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit July 27 in San Diego. Under her leadership of the national organization, the number of palliative care programs in U.S.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, awards, leadership

House, administration again request continuance in ACA cost-sharing subsidies challenge

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House Republicans and the Trump administration today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to continue to suspend proceedings in House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), saying the parties “continue to discuss measures that would obviate the need for judicial... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Study looks at ability of physicians, nurses to predict outcomes for ICU patients

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Physicians and nurses may be better at predicting survival than functional outcomes for critically ill patients, according to a study published yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Physicians and nurses in five intensive care units were asked to predict hospital survival, plus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses

NCHL seeks nominations for health care leadership excellence award

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The National Center for Healthcare Leadership is accepting nominations through June 9 for the 2017 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. The annual award honors a health care leader whose commitment, values and contributions have improved the health of the public through leadership and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: awards, leadership

Congress, administration urged to fund Marketplace cost-sharing reductions now

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Eight organizations, including the AHA, today urged Senate and administration leaders to quickly fund cost-sharing reduction payments through 2018. “We recognize and understand the Senate is working on legislation that includes provisions intended to promote short-term stability in the individual market,”... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA shares Medicare concerns of hospitals, post-acute providers with Congress

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The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on the status of the Medicare program, including payment provisions set to expire this year. In a statement submitted for the record, AHA highlighted how the low-volume adjustment, Medicare-dependent Hospital Program and ambulance... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, rural, access, VBP

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