Five Takeaways from the MACRA 2018 Final Rule

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By Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley

On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final rule updating the Quality Payment Program required by Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The QPP ties Medicare payments to physicians and a handful of other types of clinicians to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

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Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, regulation

What's Next in the Health Care Debate?

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Once again, the Senate attempted to pass a proposal to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. Once again, it met defeat – and we are grateful.

But this fight is not over. America’s hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant and continue to make the case to protect coverage... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

MACRA Decision Guide

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Are you ready for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or MACRA? The AHA’s MACRA resources are designed to support your needs as you implement MACRA’s sweeping changes.

Our latest offering aims to help you and your clinician partners decide which MACRA track to pursue – the Merit-based... read more

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

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

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