Congress urged to pass key hospital legislation during lame duck session

AHA News

The 114th Congress returned Nov. 14 for its final weeks of the session. At the top of the agenda – keeping the federal government open past Dec. 9 when current funding runs out.

In their remaining time in Washington, the AHA urges legislators to support “crucial must-pass legislation” for hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, advocacy, access, emergency care

Final MACRA rule offers challenges, opportunities for hospitals, says AHA

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule for Medicare’s new physician payment system offers both challenges and opportunities for hospitals and their employed or contracted physicians, the AHA said last week.

CMS Oct. 14 issued final regulations carrying out key provisions of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

AHA News

The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approves 21st Century Cures Act

AHA News

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today voted 51-0 to approve H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The cost of the $13 billion legislation is not offset by cuts in payments for hospital services – a concern that was expressed this week by the AHA in letters to the committee.

The legislation is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

AHA recommends changes to 21st Century Cures interoperability provisions

AHA News

The AHA May 18 expressed concern that certain enforcement mechanisms contemplated for health care providers to further interoperability in the 21st Century Cures legislation are inappropriate and could have significant unintended consequences.

“We appreciate the inclusion of provisions to further... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

AHA urges Congress to provide EHR flexibility, ICD-10 certainty

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Harnessing the power of information technology to improve care requires giving providers greater flexibility to deploy electronic health records, holding vendors accountable for safe, interoperable products and providing certainty on the transition to the ICD-10 coding system by implementing the new codes... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, ICD-10, coding

HHS issues updated federal plan for health IT

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dec. 8 released for public comment an updated federal plan for health information technology (IT).

Strategies outlined in the draft five-year strategic plan include reforming payment... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: EHRs

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