Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

Congress: Take Action to Stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces

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BY NANCY HOWELL AGEE

What if the health coverage you need is priced out of reach?  Do you forego care knowing that you can’t afford your deductible? Or do you see the doctor knowing that you may not be able to pay your co-pay?

More than half of individuals who buy their insurance through the Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

Beyond the Four Walls

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Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

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The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Full Plate Ahead - Washington's To-Do List

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Senators have left Washington for their home states for a month-long recess. When Congress returns after Labor Day, they will return to a full plate of must-do issues, including funding the government, extending the moratorium on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts, extending certain expiring... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Telehealth is changing care

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The health care world is changing. New technologies are moving the field in new and different directions, all of which is good news for patients.

Take, for example, how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. We released... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: access, Telehealth, telemedicine

Community conversations

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America’s hospitals take a lot of pride in staying close to their communities. We like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of the people we serve. Much of what we do to stay in touch is centered on “telling our story,” letting people know what we are doing and why.

Given the challenges facing... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, leadership

Let's Move Forward Together

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In a dramatic early morning vote, after months of debate in both houses of Congress, today the Senate voted down its latest attempt to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

From the outset of this process, we have remained consistent in our call for the protection of coverage, the protection of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

It's Not Over

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This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members

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