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

CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

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

AHA News

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

EHR makers, AHA and others pledge commitment to IT interoperability

AHA News

Seventeen companies that make an estimated 90% of the electronic health record (EHR) products used by hospitals have pledged to help providers share health information for care whenever permitted by law, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Feb. 29.

They also pledged to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Cybersecurity

AHA urges CMS to improve EHR program

AHA News

The AHA Dec. 11 urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program framework to reflect experience and the need for flexibility, and delay new requirements until the health information exchange standards and infrastructure are “mature”... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records

CMS releases final meaningful use rules

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Oct. 6 released a final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs that modifies the reporting period in 2015 to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year. The AHA welcomed the move.

The rule also adds... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records

House approves 21st Century Cures bill

AHA News

The House today voted 344-77 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act, H.R. 6. The legislation is intended to overhaul drug development.

Among other provisions, the bill would provide $1.75 billion per year for the National Institutes of Health and $110 million per year for the Food and Drug Administration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

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

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