Oct 3, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 29 awarded $347 million in contracts to 16 organizations, including the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), to continue efforts to reduce hospital- acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.
The Hospital Improvement... read more
Sep 27, 2016
Hospitals continue to improve patient care, according to results from the second round of the AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.
The HRET HEN initiative marked a... read more
Aug 4, 2016
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aug. 3 announced the launch of its first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine. The trial begins as the continental U.S. confronts its first Zika virus outbreak, centered in an area north of Miami, in which 15 people have been infected by local mosquitoes.
At least 80... read more
Jul 26, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include... read more
Jul 26, 2016
Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., yesterday introduced a bill to delay for at least one year the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new hospital star ratings to ensure the ratings are fair and reliable.
The Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act... read more
Jul 25, 2016
President Obama July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
In a rare instance of consensus in Congress, the Senate July 13 voted 92-2 to approve... read more
Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Jul 7, 2016
The AHA July 7 and three other national hospital groups called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the “serious flaws” in the agency’s hospital quality “star ratings” methodology.
“Our continued review of the limited information available to us has raised serious questions... read more
Mar 2, 2016
Seventeen companies that make an estimated 90% of the electronic health record (EHR) products used by hospitals have pledged to help providers share health information for care whenever permitted by law, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Feb. 29.
They also pledged to... read more
Jan 15, 2016
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Jan. 12 released the first in a planned series of reports that will identify “social risk factors” affecting the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs like the Hospital Readmissions Reduction... read more
Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Jan 6, 2016
The AHA Jan. 4 said it “generally supports” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAH) and home health agencies.
In comments submitted to the agency, Ashley Thompson, the AHA’s senior vice... read more
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