AHA urges CMS to delay FY 2018 state Medicaid DSH reductions

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Commenting today on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s reductions to the state Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital allotments, AHA said it continues to advocate for the repeal of the reductions and urged the agency to delay implementing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

AHA guide offers housing strategies to improve community health

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A new resource from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and Association for Community Health Improvement highlights innovative strategies that hospitals and health systems are using to promote safe and stable housing for vulnerable populations. “The links between housing and health are clear:... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

Iowa requests waiver to stabilize individual insurance market

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The Iowa Department of Insurance this week asked the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Health and Human Services to approve a Section 1332 waiver for a stopgap measure to help stabilize the state’s individual health insurance market in 2018. The state proposes to redistribute the estimated advanced premium... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Coverage

AHA posts videos of Summit award recipients

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The recipients of the 2017 Circle of Life Award, Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership, Equity of Care Award, and AHA NOVA Award are spotlighted in new videos on the AHA's YouTube channel. The awards were presented last month at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, equity, awards, advanced illness care

AHA webinar Sept. 14 on applying value-based principles to radiology

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Leaders from Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals, a safety-net hospital system in Queens, NY, will share how to apply value-based principles to radiology during a Sept. 14 webinar hosted by the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum and the American College of Radiology. For more information or to register for the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

Arizona hospitals boost state economy

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Arizona hospitals contribute nearly $24 billion to the state and local economy and account for nearly 177,000 full-time jobs, according to a new report prepared for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association by Rounds Consulting Group. “This report makes clear that Arizona hospitals are critical not... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

AHRMM membership elects 2018 board

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The AHA's Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management has elected as its chair-elect for 2018 Robert Taylor, senior vice president of supply chain at RWJBarnabas Health in Oceanport, NJ. As chair-elect, Taylor will become chair of the AHRMM board in 2019. The AHA personal membership group... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership

CMS advisory panel: Don't finalize proposed 340B cut for 2018

AHA News Now

As urged by the AHA and others, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services advisory panel today recommended that the agency not finalize for 2018 a proposal that would drastically cut Medicare payments for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. In July, CMS proposed to pay separately-payable,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

CMS rescinds proposed billing edits for partial hospitalization services

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday rescinded changes to its billing process for Partial Hospitalization Program services that were suspended last year. The changes to the agency’s Integrated Outpatient Code Editor would have enforced the program’s minimum 20 hours per week of therapeutic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Mental health, Behavioral health

ASPR issues preparedness resources for health care coalitions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has released several new resources for health care coalitions. The resources include preparedness and response plan templates, a gap analysis tool, pandemic checklist and surge tool training. ASPR will host a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

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