CMS webinar Monday on proposed updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a June 26 webinar on the proposed rule updating requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule proposes key policies for the QPP’s 2018... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

Reminder: Comments on IRF, SNF proposed rules due Monday

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June 26 is the deadline to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018. For more on the rules, see last month’s AHA Regulatory Advisories for members on the proposed IRF and SNF... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation

Reminder: IHF award nominations due July 1

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The International Hospital Federation is accepting nominations through July 1 for its 2017 International Awards, which recognize excellence, innovations and outstanding achievements in global health care leadership and management. The awards will be presented during IHF’s World Hospital Congress, Nov. 7-9... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: awards, leadership

Patients, advocates urge Senate to protect health coverage

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At an event today in Reno, NV, patients and other health care advocates urged the U.S. Senate to protect coverage for patients as the health debate continues in Washington, D.C. Speakers included heart disease and breast cancer survivors, a local business owner and mother, Nevada Medical Center CEO Alan... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, chronic conditions

SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare

AHA guide offers proven hospital approaches to reducing food insecurity

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A new guide from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust offers hospitals and health systems strategic and evidence-based approaches to reducing food insecurity and its effects in their communities. The inability to afford or access nutritious and safe food has been associated with increased risk... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

CMS proposes updates to MACRA QPP for 2018 performance year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposed rule updating the requirements of the quality payment program for physicians and eligible clinicians mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The QPP includes two tracks – the default Merit-based Incentive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses, regulation

Bipartisan governors' network issues health reform priorities

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The National Governors Association today released shared priorities from its bipartisan forum on strengthening private health insurance, Medicaid and public health. The priorities include fully funding the cost-sharing reductions for the health insurance marketplaces through calendar year 2018, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Coverage, Medicaid, opioids

AHRQ: Opioid-related hospital stays increasing faster for women than men

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Opioid-related hospital stays increased 75% for women and 55% for men between 2005 and 2014, while opioid-related emergency department visits doubled for both sexes, according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Opioid-related hospitalizations were virtually the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

CDC reports increase in U.S. counties with mosquitoes that can spread Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

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