AHA issues guide to emergency medical center strategy for vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement an emerging strategy to ensure continued access to emergency and outpatient services in vulnerable communities. The emergency medical center strategy is one of nine strategies identified by an AHA task... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access, emergency care

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

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

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

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

Congress urged to support policies that benefit patients, increase coverage

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Hospital leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to reject cuts to payments for hospital care and support policies that would benefit patients and increase access to care. During an AHA Advocacy Day briefing, which also was webcast, AHA leaders provided an update on the latest... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Coverage, rural, Medicaid, access

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

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