Mar 22, 2017
The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.
A... read more
Mar 17, 2017
At a briefing today at the National Press Club, hospital leaders urged Congress to protect health coverage for the most vulnerable as it considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
“Our primary concerns are that the bill does not maintain coverage for the more than 22 million... read more
Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, advocacy
Hospitals come together to make the "healthy choice the easy choice" in Montana's Yellowstone County
Mar 9, 2017
Competitors in Billings, Mont., came together more than 20 years ago to collaborate for a healthier community in what the AHA has described as an example of a “second generation” strategy for improving population health.
Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health – the local health... read more
Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H
Mar 9, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) March 13 released an estimate of the effects on health coverage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislative package passed last week by the House Ways and Means and Energy & Commerce committees to... read more
Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access
Mar 8, 2017
The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.
Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more
Mar 1, 2017
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica’s attention to hunger as a health issue has spurred on an ambitious effort to end food insecurity and poverty in one of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Near downtown Toledo, ProMedica – supported by philanthropist Russell Ebeid – opened in December 2015 the... read more
Feb 27, 2017
H. Robert Cathcart, administrator at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital for 43 years until his retirement in 1991, and a health care leader who helped shape AHA policy, died earlier today in Waverly, a Philadelphia suburb. He was 92.
Cathcart served as AHA chairman in 1976, received the association’s... read more
Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: governance, leadership
Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter
Feb 27, 2017
Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more
Feb 14, 2017
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
Feb 6, 2017
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
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