Ways and Means leaders announce Medicare extender plan

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) today announced a bipartisan agreement to extend certain expiring Medicare provisions for rural and other providers. The proposal would extend the Medicare-Dependent Hospital and Low-Volume Adjustment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Report: Hospitals enhance antibiotics stewardship, continue to reduce MRSA

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Hospitals are enhancing their antibiotic stewardship programs to include all core elements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services on national progress to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, nurses, resource use

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

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Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

IPAB repeal bill clears House committee

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The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday voted 24-13 to approve legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The 15-member board was created by the Affordable Care Act to make recommendations on Medicare payment policy if the projected five-year average growth in per capita... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals

AHA urges CMS to withdraw proposed cut to 340B program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program, AHA today told the agency in comments on its outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “CMS lacks... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

AHA suggests actions to immediately reduce CMS regulatory burden

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The AHA today laid out actions the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could take to immediately reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients they serve. Submitted in response to the agency’s request for information on flexibilities and efficiencies, the suggestions... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation

Study finds digital divide in advanced use of EHRs

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About 80.5% of hospitals had adopted at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 75.2% in 2014, according to a study reported online last month by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Based on the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Survey, the study also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, patient and family engagement

AHA convenes Capitol Hill forum on rural hospital priorities

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Rural hospital and health system leaders today received an update on their legislative and policy priorities at an AHA Rural Hospital Policy Forum before meeting with their representatives on Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), lead sponsor of the AHA-supported Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, Telehealth

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

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