Housing with Dignity puts homeless on path to stability, better health

AHA News

Tony Price frequently visited the emergency department (ED) at Sacramento, Calif.-based Dignity Health while he was living on the streets. At that time, his diabetes was out of control and he drank heavily.

His life didn’t begin to turn around until he tried to commit suicide and spent a week recovering... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Mental health, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

AHA News

It can be daunting for patients suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD) to figure out how to get into treatment and find the resources that can help set them on the road to recovery.

That’s why Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital – part of Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health –... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

Dusk to Dawn teaches youth that better decisions can save lives

AHA News

Omaha’s University of Nebraska Medical Center hopes it can change how at-risk youth think about violence by showing them what happens to gunshot victims inside the emergency department.

The medical center last April teamed up with Nebraska Medicine to launch “Dusk to Dawn,” a program designed for 12- to... read more

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

CMS issues final outpatient PPS rule

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nov. 1 announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation, home health

Avera e-CARE's telehealth services work to preserve healthy rural hospitals, communities

AHA News

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health’s use of telehealth services illustrates how necessity is the mother of innovation.

The integrated delivery system turned to telehealth 25 years ago to bolster recruitment and retention of physicians in the more rurally remote regions it served.

At the time,... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth, telemedicine

Hospital-led "Indy HeartBeat" program looks to curb youth violence

AHA News

Hospitals don’t need to be the last link in the violence chain and simply patch up victims, says Dannielle Gilyan, Eskenazi Health’s injury prevention coordinator in Indianapolis, Ind. Like her organization, she says they can work in their communities to prevent people from ever becoming victims of... read more

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

AHA study: Rising regulatory burden forces caregivers to push paper rather than treating patients

AHA News

Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released yesterday by the AHA.

The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Boston Medical Center makes healthy food part of patients' medical care

AHA News

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has taken to heart Hippocrates 2,500-year-old dictum: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

BMC’s preventive food pantry makes access to nutritious food part of the medical care for low-income patients and families who don’t always get enough to eat.

Deborah... read more

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

Project SEARCH opens employers' eyes to what young people with disabilities can do

AHA News

project-searchMore than 20 years ago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center nurse Erin Riehle came up with a novel idea for addressing her hospital’s workforce needs.

Riehle, then the emergency department’s (ED) nursing director, wondered if she could train people with developmental disabilities to fill some... read more

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

Senators urge CMS to consider stakeholders' concerns on 340B proposal

AHA News

Fifty-seven senators Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to “carefully consider stakeholder feedback” before the agency finalizes its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. “The long-term success of the 340B program... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

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