AHA announces new trustees for 2018

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The AHA has elected eight members to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. The incoming board members are: Christina Campos, administrator of Guadalupe County Hospital, Santa Rosa, NM; Robert Casalou, regional president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, MI;... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, governance, leadership, members

Final inpatient, long-term care hospital PPS rules released

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CMS releases FY 2018 inpatient PPS final rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final fiscal year 2018 rules for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system and long-term care hospital PPS.

The inpatient PPS final rule will increase rates by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

CMS issues final IRF, SNF rules

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018.

In accordance with the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, payment rates for both settings will see a 1% update over FY... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: regulation

Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

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The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, access

CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

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The AHA July 13 criticized proposed deep cuts to how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimburses hospitals for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program and proposes changes to site-neutral payment policies under Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. The provisions are... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation

Integrated approach to care seen advancing health equity

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dr-ronald-copelandClose collaboration by physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff across the nation’s largest nonprofit integrated health care system is key to Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente’s success in reducing health care disparities and advancing diversity and inclusion, says Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., Kaiser... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, awards

Senate told to go back to drawing board on health care bill

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As the Senate deliberates legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack today warned that “history will remember how the Senate votes and whether it votes to protect coverage or leave the most vulnerable behind.”

Pollack was joined by Sr. Carol Keehan,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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The AHA yesterday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the "60% Rule" for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy's "arbitrary access restrictions" for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, care coordination

CBO scores Senate health bill

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The Better Care Reconciliation Act would result in 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 and cut $772 billion in federal spending from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan federal agency that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

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