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

Making the Case

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Hospital leaders earlier this week came to Washington for an AHA-hosted Advocacy Day briefing that laid the groundwork for meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Front and center in those talks were our concerns about stopping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from moving forward with... read more

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

Hospital Leaders on the Hill

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Today, hundreds of hospital leaders are reaching out to their members of Congress to talk about the challenges facing their patients and communities.

What are the issues facing hospitals and health systems today? Recent developments regarding the so-called site-neutral payment provisions included in the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, readmissions, site neutral payment, advocacy

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

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A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination

Hospital Outpatient Departments Provide Critical Patient Access to Care

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The mischaracterizations in a recent blog about hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) fails to recognize the importance of patient access to care that these HOPDs provide, especially among patients who are sicker, the poor, minorities and seniors. Moreover, rural communities will be most adversely... read more

Tags: site neutral payment, access

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

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The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Sensible Reimbursement

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Patients who go to hospital outpatient departments for care have different needs than those who go to their physicians’ offices. To reimburse hospitals the same amount as physicians’ offices would make no sense – but this kind of mixing-apples-with-oranges approach is just what some in Washington, D.C.,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, access

Hospitals Are Not Physician Offices

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Patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) are more likely to be poorer, minority and have more severe chronic conditions than patients treated in physician offices. The findings of a new study, conducted for the American Hospital Association by KNG Health Consulting LLC,... read more

Tags: site neutral payment, advocacy, access

Hospital Priorities for the New Congress

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The newly-sworn-in 114th Congress kicked off legislating on a slew of topics and priorities. Similarly, the American Hospital Association is advocating on Capitol Hill for issues affecting the nation’s hospitals. Since the country is in the midst of football playoffs, we will tackle these hospital... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, RACs

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