AHE recognizes field leaders

AHA News

The Association for the Healthcare Environment last week presented its 2015 Recognition Awards for excellence in caring for the environment, volunteer service, mentorship and environmental sustainability during its annual conference in Philadelphia. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH, was named the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Hospital employees help colleagues in Louisiana

AHA News

Hospitals and health systems throughout the country are helping their hospital colleagues in the Baton Rouge, LA, area whose homes were devastated by last month’s unprecedented flood by donating to the Louisiana Hospital Employee Assistance Fund. More than 5,000 hospital employees in the flooded area... read more

Topic: Community Health

Infection measure data issue prompts additional FY 2017 HAC review and corrections period and other updates

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014.

This error affects hospital performance in the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program, baseline performance in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: HAC

CMS issues proposed rule on notice of benefit and payment parameters for 2018

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late this afternoon issued a proposed rule on the notice of benefit and payment parameters standards for health insurance issuers and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. 

The proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Equity pledge racking up signatures

AHA News

More than 950 hospitals and health systems have signed the #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

The campaign, launch at this summer’s AHA-Health Forum Leadership Summit, seeks to build on and accelerate the efforts of the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: diversity, equity

Court rejects HHS argument for payment cut

AHA News

Finding in favor of hospitals, U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss Sept. 21 rejected the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) arguments for imposing a 0.2% Medicare payment cut on hospitals as part of its “two-midnight” policy. The judge did not order HHS to return the withheld funds to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Denying nurses' request for union representative flouts law, NLRB rules

AHA News

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) August 28 ruled that Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan., violated the National Labor Relations Act by denying two nurses’ requests for a union representative when they appeared before its nursing peer review committee, and by failing and refusing to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: nurses, workforce

Hospital star rating system comment deadline approaching

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting comments through Sept. 14 on its proposed star rating system for overall hospital-level quality. CMS recently added star ratings for patient experience survey measures to Hospital Compare, and plans to add overall star ratings to the website... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, culture of safety

AHA letter in WSJ sets record straight on insurance mega-deals

AHA News

In a letter published today, the AHA says an Aug. 27 article in the Wall Street Journal wrongly states that the insurance megadeals will be good for consumers because it will force hospitals to lower prices. “Despite fears that hospital mergers would raise costs, hospital price growth is at a historic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: consolidation, Medicare

AHA submits comments on proposed health insurance consolidations

AHA News

Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana and Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna “have the very real potential to reduce competition substantially, increase the cost of premiums, and diminish the insurers’ willingness to be innovative partners with providers and consumers in transforming health care,”... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: consolidation

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