Senate Republican leaders release tax bill

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Orin Hatch (R-UT) late yesterday released a draft of Senate Republicans’ proposal to overhaul the tax code. Unlike the House Republicans’ proposal, which passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday on a party-line vote, the Senate proposal would not eliminate hospitals’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, advocacy, bonds

Rep. Hultgren renews push to protect tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is renewing a push to have House leadership protect the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds as part of tax-reform efforts. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 150 House members, including Hultgren, who co-chairs the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, expressed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, advocacy

Survey ranks AHA at top for influence, efficacy of advocacy associations in DC

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The AHA ranked first of 50 trade associations on six of 15 measures of advocacy effectiveness, the most of any association, according to the results from APCO Worldwide’s annual TradeMarks study. The six areas are member representation, bipartisanship, industry reputation steward, information resource,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Senate approves bill to protect emergency access to controlled medications

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The Senate last night approved by unanimous consent the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The AHA-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a standing order... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, emergency care

AHA urges action to address flawed OIG hospital audits

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In a letter this week, the AHA again urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take specific actions to address and prevent the serious problems that flow from hospital compliance reviews conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General and its use of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, advocacy

New Jersey Hospital Association announces next president and CEO

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The New Jersey Hospital Association yesterday named as its next president and CEO Cathleen Bennett, an attorney who currently serves as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health. Bennett will assume her new duties Nov. 9. She will succeed Betsy Ryan, who has led the organization since 2008 and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, leadership

Senate rejects 'skinny' ACA repeal bill

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Senators early this morning voted 49-51 against a “skinny” bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) – opposed the bill. Senators earlier this week rejected two amendments – the Better Care Reconciliation... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Stabenow urges hospital leaders to voice their concerns on Hill

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today urged hospital leaders to share their concerns about the American Health Care Act with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill, noting that hospitals and health systems are among the largest employers in their communities. “That story needs to be told” in the debate over... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, workforce

Burgess to address AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, will address the AHA Annual Membership Meeting during the afternoon Federal Forum Plenary on Monday, May 8. Burgess also serves on the House Committee on Rules. For more on the AHA meeting, May 7-10 in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Stabenow to address AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, will address the AHA Annual Membership Meeting during the morning Federal Forum Plenary on Tuesday, May 9. Stabenow also serves on the Senate Budget Committee. For more on the AHA meeting, May 7-10 in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

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