Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

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

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

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As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, members

Getting Ready for MACRA

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued its final rule carrying out key provisions of the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which called for a new Medicare payment system for physicians. Eligible clinicians will participate in one of two tracks... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare

A Call for Flexibility

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A bipartisan majority of lawmakers have delivered a strong message to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: protect patients’ access to care and provide fair payment and more predictability for hospitals in regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy

Brady calls for regulatory relief for hospitals

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Congress must move forward with “bold solutions” to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve the program for future generations, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today told hospital leaders at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Brady talked about... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Nickels updates hospital leaders on legislation, AHA advocacy goals

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This year’s wildly unpredictable presidential campaign and a truncated legislative calendar has Congress less active and more cautious than usual, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels told AHA members today at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting. Congressional leaders are looking ahead to 2017 and “see... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy

Better Care Coordination

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Our fragmented health care system is rapidly transforming into a more integrated delivery system where providers need to work together more closely to provide the best and most appropriate care. An important part of the equation is post-acute care providers. Emerging innovations in post-acute care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, care coordination, bundled payment

Continuing Advocacy

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Congress has passed an $80 billion bipartisan budget agreement that funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and avoids a premium increase for some seniors. While the budget deal will ensure the government’s doors stay open, we’re deeply disappointed that it creates some restrictions on payments for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid

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Most Americans are too young to remember a time before Medicare and Medicaid – two programs that began to transform our health care system 50 years ago this month. It was an era when almost half of older Americans and millions of children and people with disabilities had no health care coverage at all.... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access

The SGR: It's History

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We are very pleased to say goodbye to the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate formula for many reasons. We’re happy that America’s seniors can continue to have access to the necessary care they need. We’re glad our physician partners will not have their payments cut, and that the new law... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access

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