Alexander-Murray introduce bill to stabilize health insurance marketplaces

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Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) yesterday formally introduced a bill, which has 11 Republican and 11 Democrat cosponsors, intended to stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces authorized by the Affordable Care Act. The bill would provide short-term funding for the cost-sharing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

Senate passes budget resolution

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The Senate last night by a vote of 51-49 passed its fiscal 2018 budget resolution (S Con Res 25), which is designed to provide budget reconciliation protection for a tax code overhaul. The resolution would allow for $1.5 trillion in additional deficits over the coming decade to pay for tax cuts. By... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: governance

SHSMD announces new president-elect, board members

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The AHA's Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development has chosen as its 2018 president-elect Rose Glenn, senior vice president, chief communications and chief experience officer for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Glenn will become president of the organization in 2019. The society also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

President orders agencies to consider expanding association health plans

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President Trump today issued an executive order directing the departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations or guidance to expand the availability of association health plans, short-term limited duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

Study: Positive outcomes associated with mergers and acquisitions

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New research released today by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Healthcare Financial Management Association offers key strategies for achieving successful mergers or affiliations. The study of hospital acquisitions between 2008 and 2014 found that nearly 80% of the acquiring organizations made... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: acquisitions

California associations establish fire relief fund for hospital workers

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The California Hospital Association and its regional partners have established a Hospital Workers’ Fire Relief Fund to help the more than 100 hospital employees affected by the recent wildfires in the state. The state and regional associations in California will donate $40,000 to the fund and encourage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, workforce

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

Hearing highlights benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Program

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing examining how covered entities use the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Established by Congress in 1992, the program mandates that drug manufacturers provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Medicaid, drug prices

Dozens of House members testify at hearing on opioid crisis

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning held a hearing to receive testimony from more than 50 members of Congress, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), on ways to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. Representatives shared stories of their own constituents’ battles... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

FDA approves drug imports, CMS certain blanket waivers after hurricanes

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Baxter Healthcare Corp., in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, has agreed to temporarily import certain intravenous drug products, such as sodium chloride, from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Australia to address shortages of critical drug products after Hurricane... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, Medicare, disaster readiness

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