Coalition releases prior authorization principles to facilitate patient access to care

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The American Medical Association and 16 other health care organizations, including the AHA, today released a set of 21 principles for ensuring that prior authorization requirements do not hinder patient access to care. Members of the coalition – which includes representatives from hospitals, medical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, administrative simplification

Report: Administrative simplification standards could save $9.4 billion a year

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U.S. health care providers could save more than $7.9 billion annually and at least 1.1 million labor hours per week if commercial health plans fully adopted seven national standards for electronic business transactions, according to the latest annual CAQH Index. Health plans could save an estimated $1.4... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, administrative simplification

CAQH webinar tomorrow on progress toward administrative simplification

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The Council for Affordable and Quality Healthcare will share updated data on administrative cost savings from reducing manual business transactions during a webinar tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here. For more on the benefits of administrative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

AHA offers Trump suggestions for reducing regulatory burden on hospitals, patients

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The AHA today thanked President-elect Trump for his interest and commitment to addressing regulatory reform, and suggested 33 actions the incoming administration could take immediately to reduce the burdens on hospitals and the patients they serve. “Reducing administrative complexity in health care would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Study: Physicians spend nearly twice as much time on EHR/desk work as patients

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Physicians spent 27% of their office day on direct clinical face time with patients and 49% of their time on electronic health records and desk work, according to a study by the American Medical Association and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, administrative simplification

AHA comments on home health proposed rule for 2017

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AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2017. Specifically, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, asks CMS to postpone action on proposed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, Medicare, regulation, administrative simplification

CMS launches updated administrative simplification website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revamped its website on administrative simplification, at go.CMS.gov/AdminSimp. Topics include electronic transactions, code sets, operating rules, unique identifiers and enforcement. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: administrative simplification, HIPAA

Slavitt: CMS committed to administrative simplification

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SlavittCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt today told AHA members that the agency is committed to administrative simplification, including improving Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractor program and aligning Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance programs. “We... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, RACs, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, regulation, administrative simplification

AHA testifies at HHS advisory committee hearing on administrative simplification

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The AHA yesterday urged the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics to adopt a proposed electronic transaction standard for claims attachments, but with certain conditions to help ensure timely claims processing. Testifying at an NCVHS subcommittee hearing on administrative simplification,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: administrative simplification, HIPAA

AHA report: Administrative simplification can improve patient experience, reduce costs

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Administrative simplification can improve the patient experience and reduce costs, but requires cultural, operational and policy changes to achieve these goals, according to an AHA Trendwatch report released today. The report provides an overview of administrative simplification and its benefits,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: administrative simplification

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