In this AHA Hospitals Against Violence Q&A blog, AHA General Counsel Mindy Hatton interviews Curt Kirschner, partner and a leader of Jones Day’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, to discuss the partnership working to expand hospitals’ leadership roles in the fight against human trafficking. Read more.
In this report, we analyze transparency data released or updated in 2020 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine claims denials and appeals among issuers offering individual market coverage on HealthCare.gov; data are from plan years 2018 and 2019. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires transparency data reporting by non-grandfathered group
Dive Brief: Global healthcare investment hit a record high last year, with $80.6 billion in equity funding across more than 5,500 deals, according to a new report from market intelligence firm CB Insights. The acceleration was especially acute in the digital health sector, an arena that’s seen unprecedented investor interest during the coronavirus pandemic. Equity
The AHA today announced Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., as the 2020 recipient of the Rural Hospital Leadership Award. The award recognizes small or rural hospital leaders who guide their hospital and community through transformational change on the road to health care reform. AHA recognizes SVMC for using its nursing workforce as part
Dive Brief: UnitedHealth Group beat Wall Street expectations for both earnings and revenue in fourth-quarter financial results released Wednesday, as care consumption and prescriptions returned to more normal levels despite fears of renewed deferrals as COVID-19 cases surge. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based health giant reported quarterly revenue of $65.5 billion, up almost 8% year over year.
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States while the country grapples with one of the biggest health crises in its history. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 24 million in the U.S. and killed more than 400,000 people, a devastating milestone the country just reached Tuesday. While two
The AHA recently signed on in support of model legislation that states can use to hold health insurers accountable for discriminating against those with mental health and substance use disorders by denying coverage of care. As drafted, the Kennedy Forum’s Jim Ramstad Model State Parity Legislation model bill would require insurers to follow generally accepted
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Jan. 15 added new frequently asked questions to its FAQs on the information blocking provisions in its final rule updating information sharing requirements for health care providers, health IT developers and health information exchanges. ONC in November extended the
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a guide to participating in Quality Payment Program advanced alternative payment models in 2021. The Consolidated Appropriations Act freezes the current payment and patient count thresholds for physicians and other eligible clinicians to qualify for the 5% advanced APM bonus payment in payment years 2023 and
Dive Brief: The more packed a hospital intensive care unit is with COVID-19 patients, the greater likelihood those patients will die, according to a new study by researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine and a variety of other academic medical centers and research institutes. The researchers monitored VA medical
Published in the Jan. 19 edition of JAMA, this article from KFF Executive Vice President for Health Policy Larry Levitt lays out the major health policy challenges that will confront President-elect Biden and potential approaches to major reform. While a big reform debate may not be likely this year, one is likely coming as the
President-elect Joe Biden today named former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler, M.D., as Chief Science Officer of COVID Response, a role that will assume the responsibilities of the current head of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration effort focused on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Kessler led the FDA from 1990
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights yesterday announced collaborative efforts with the state of North Carolina, the North Texas Mass Critical Care Guidelines Task Force, the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, and the Indian Health Service in updating each entity’s crisis standards of care to provide equitable health care to
As COVID-19 surges continue, lessons learned by health systems large and small reveal the importance of teamwork, communication, flexibility, preparation and supporting the physical and mental health of all staff. In this second in a four-part series on lessons from the front lines, read how communication remains a vital component of a strong workforce, both