McCain announces opposition to Graham-Cassidy proposal

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today said he will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to go to the Senate floor next week. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said. “I believe we could do better... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Medicaid directors: Graham-Cassidy poses significant challenges

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The National Association of Medicaid Directors yesterday urged Congress to “carefully consider the significant challenges” posed by the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Unveiled last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), the legislative proposal would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA comments on draft recommendations to address opioid crisis

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AHA yesterday provided feedback on a presidential commission’s draft recommendations to expand the federal response to the drug addiction and opioid crisis. “Of paramount importance in enabling this work is the need to preserve and protect health insurance coverage, including Medicaid,” wrote Ashley... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, opioids

HHS grants Hurricane Maria waivers for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price this week declared public health emergencies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness

Reminder: Review IRF and LTCH quality data by Sept. 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Sept. 30 to review their 2016 quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in December. Providers also have until Sept. 30 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

ISMP releases medication safety self-assessment tool

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices yesterday released a tool to help hospitals and outpatient facilities evaluate their safety practices for “high-alert” medications, identify opportunities for improvement and track their experiences over time. Providers who submit their assessment findings to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, physicians, nurses, opioids

AHA to reschedule Sept. 25 Hospitals Against Violence webinar

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The AHA’s Sept. 25 Hospitals Against Violence webinar on “Caring for our Caregivers” will be rescheduled for a later date. The AHA apologizes for any inconvenience and hopes those registered can participate when the event is rescheduled. For more information, contact Laura Castellanos at ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

FDA issues medication-assisted treatment guidance

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Medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that suppress the central nervous system, the Food and Drug Administration advised today. While combining these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

NAM issues guide to help clinicians counter opioid epidemic

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The National Academy of Medicine today issued a guide to help clinicians counter the opioid epidemic. Developed by national experts on substance use disorders at the request of the National Governors Association, the paper calls for clinicians to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids

HHS webcast Sept. 27 on opioid epidemic

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The Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to discuss the opioid epidemic and other addictions during a Sept. 27 webcast, from 1-2 p.m. ET. For more information and to access the live webcast, part of National Recovery Month, click here.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

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