Survey: Medicaid enrollment growth slows, spending growth to continue

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Medicaid enrollment growth slowed to 2.7% in fiscal year 2017 due to slower enrollment related to the Affordable Care Act, a stable economy and states’ processing of delayed eligibility determinations, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors. In addition,... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

Oregon receives waiver to implement reinsurance program

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The departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury today approved a Section 1332 waiver for Oregon to implement a five-year reinsurance program for its health insurance marketplace beginning in 2018. “The Departments have determined that implementation of this reinsurance program will lower... read more

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Tag: Coverage

HRSA awards $285 million to children's hospitals through CHGME program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration this week awarded $285 million to 58 children’s hospitals through its Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education payment program in fiscal year 2017. “CHGME funding enables hospitals to train pediatric residents to meet the needs of our youngest... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: graduate medical education

Nov. 1 is first webinar in series from AHA Workforce Center

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The AHA Workforce Center Nov. 1 will host the first in a series of webinars focused on sustainable health care delivery through strategic workforce development. The AHA earlier this year issued a report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s... read more

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Tag: workforce

'Take Back Day' can help patients safely dispose of unused prescription drugs

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Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to help the public safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: safety

AHA's HRET webinar Oct. 25 on cardiac rehabilitation

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and Million Hearts® Oct. 25 will host a webinar on cardiac rehabilitation, a comprehensive secondary prevention program that helps patients improve key clinical measures, and adopt and practice a healthy lifestyle. The webinar highlights Million Hearts® 2022,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: care coordination

Applications due Friday for AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Friday to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: population health

Alexander announces deal to fund CSRs

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today said he and committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) had reached an agreement on legislation to fund cost-sharing reduction payments for two years and provide states some flexibility in regard... read more

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Senate HELP committee holds hearing on cost of prescription drugs

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today held the second in a series of hearings on the cost of prescription drugs. “We have to make more progress to get at the root of the problem facing patients, which is the high prices set by drug manufacturers,” Committee Ranking Member... read more

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Tag: drug prices

CMS issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP mental health parity rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published frequently asked questions on the implementation of its final rule applying certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid managed care organizations, Medicaid alternative benefit plans and the... read more

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Tag: Medicaid

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