Street Medicine makes house calls to homeless

AHA News

Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Street Medicine program includes clinics in a number of area shelters and soup kitchens, a street medicine team, and an inpatient/outpatient consult service that has helped reduce emergency department (ED) visits while increasing the number of... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Better health through all phases of life

AHA News

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities Vice President Kenneth Fawcett, M.D., likens the scope of his organization’s community outreach to the “sun passing from horizon to horizon. We offer support to vulnerable populations through all phases of life.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system works... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, chronic conditions

Aligning missions to better serve a refugee community

AHA News

Vickery Meadow is a slice of Northeast Dallas known as the “Little United Nations” because it is home to some 25,000 refugees who speak more than 50 languages.

The annual median income is about $22,000, with many residents working several jobs to eke out a living. Large, extended families are crammed... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

'Cradle to Grave' helps at-risk youth understand gritty reality of gun violence

AHA News

Temple University Hospital wants to slow the rate of Philadelphia street killings by helping teenagers understand the gritty reality of gun violence.

Its “Cradle to Grave” program immerses at-risk youth in the last 15 minutes of the life of a 16-year-old boy named Lamont Adams. In 2004, he was shot 14... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Vanessa Ervin advocates for better behavioral health care

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Like hospital and health system leaders across the country, AHA board member Vanessa Ervin has serious concerns about Congress repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting replacement legislation that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Redefining the H, leadership, members, Behavioral health

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

AHA News

Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Federal judge blocks Aetna-Humana merger

AHA News

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Jan. 23 prohibited two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging, concluding that the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364 counties challenged... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

Senate vote is first step toward ACA repeal

AHA News

The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday.

 Senate action came eight days after Senate Budget... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

AHA urges new administration, Congress to preserve coverage

AHA News

The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday.

Senate action came eight days after Senate Budget... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Unique partnerships help Rodney Nelson bring better care to his rural community

AHA News

Mackinac Straits Health System President and CEO Rodney Nelson is all about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing his organization.

It’s how he transformed a once-struggling critical access hospital and nursing home into a comprehensive rural health system for the people and communities he... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, awards, leadership

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