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

Senate panel approves Labor-HHS funding bill

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today voted 30-1 to approve legislation that would provide $164.1 billion in discretionary funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2018. According to the committee, the bill would provide $79.4 billion for HHS, $1.7... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, appropriations, opioids

AHA issues community guide to addressing social determinants of health

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders in vulnerable communities implement a multi-step strategy to address the underlying social conditions that often prevent individuals from being able to access health care or achieve health goals. The... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, rural

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

President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

FCC task force seeks input on broadband health care solutions

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force will convene several virtual listening sessions beginning next month to facilitate stakeholder input on actions to accelerate the adoption and accessibility of broadband-enabled health care solutions and advanced technologies, including the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Telehealth

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

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