AHA resources highlight crucial role of rural hospitals, Medicare extenders

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Today is National Rural Health Day , an annual event spotlighting the unique health care needs and access and delivery challenges of America’s rural and frontier communities. “Without action from Congress, critical programs that protect health care in rural communities will expire,” notes a new AHA ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, access

AHA issues guide on emerging strategy for vulnerable frontier communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement a strategy to address the unique health care access and delivery challenges faced by geographically isolated, low-population communities. The emerging strategy is one of nine identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

House passes bill to extend CHIP funding, Medicaid DSH relief

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The House today voted 242-174 to approve the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act of 2017 (H.R. 3922), legislation that includes a five-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and two years of relief from Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Among the CHIP... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid, access

AHA issues next guide in series on ensuring access in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an urgent care center strategy to maintain an access point for urgent medical conditions that can be treated on an outpatient basis, without having to maintain emergency medical services or inpatient... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community health, access, emergency care

Hatch, Brady introduce bill to fund CSRs, eliminate ACA mandates

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) yesterday introduced the Healthcare Market Certainty and Mandate Relief Act of 2017 that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers for two years and eliminate temporarily certain... read more

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

Administration to end CSR payments to insurers

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The Trump administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, the White House announced last night. Insurers use the federal payments to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income individuals purchasing coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Congressional... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access

AHA webinar Nov. 1 on global budgets as a way to ensure access to care

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The AHA will host a Nov. 1 webinar on global budget payment programs, one of nine potential strategies identified by an AHA task force last year to help ensure access to care in vulnerable communities. The webinar will spotlight MedStar Health’s journey to implement the Maryland All-Payer Model; how to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA Stat Blog: Report misses mark on 340B program

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The latest report from a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry “continues to misrepresent” the 340B Drug Pricing Program and its “successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, access, drug prices

HHS implements tiered hurricane relief strategy for hospitals in Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a three-tiered strategy to support hospitals in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Under the strategy, the agency has deployed medical teams with their own equipment and medical supplies to help provide care at an emergency and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

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