Month: September 2020

A new chart collection examines what we know about public health spending in the U.S. and comparable countries. The chart collection explores high-level trends in spending on public health and prevention in the U.S., and finds that while the U.S. spends more than most comparable countries on preventive care, the share of total U.S. health
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The Trump administration yesterday began distributing 150 million rapid point-of-care tests for the COVID-19 virus that it purchased in August, which will go to states and territories (100 million), nursing homes (18 million), assisted living facilities (15 million), home health and hospice care agencies (10 million), historically black colleges and universities, and tribal nation colleges.
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has updated its Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations, a catalog of tools to help organizations manage and respond to security and privacy risks. “The fifth revision of this widely used framework is a beneficial resource for hospitals and health systems to either be adopted
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An updated chart collection explores prescription drug spending for people who are covered by large employer health plans. The analysis finds that about 4% of people with employer coverage have prescription drug costs totaling $5,000 or more, and about 3% have out-of-pocket prescription drug costs exceeding $1,000. Enrollees with total prescription drug spending exceeding $5,000 are
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AHA’s The Value Initiative is providing new resources to support hospitals’ and health systems’ efforts to adopt team-based care for patients with an acute or chronic illness. The Team-based Care Creates Value issue brief examines how team-based care, which employs interdisciplinary teams, can reduce costs, improve outcomes and enhance patient experience. The brief features examples
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The AHA’s Association for the Health Care Environment recently presented its Environmental Services Department of the Year Award to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. The award recognizes a department’s significant contributions to the overall patient experience and health care organization’s mission. Also receiving honorable
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A new KFF analysis finds that expanding Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies like Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has proposed would lower the cost of Marketplace coverage for nearly all potential enrollees, including the uninsured and others currently priced out of the Marketplace. While the former Vice President’s plan to create a public option
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The Trump administration may push back deadlines for healthcare companies to comply with information blocking and interoperability regulations for a second time as providers face ongoing stress from COVID-19. “We’ve had some adjustments to the timing of our rule and the companion CMS rule, and we’re monitoring closely the situation in terms of further adjustments,”
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The AHA today urged the Department of Health and Human Services to reinstate the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements outlined in its June 19 FAQ that defined both expenses and lost revenues attributable to COVID-19. AHA said the June requirements, which stated that lost revenue was “any revenue that … a health care provider
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Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Catherine Cortez Mastro, D-NV, yesterday introduced the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, AHA-supported legislation that would subsidize COBRA and other health coverage for workers who lose employment-based coverage or are furloughed due to the pandemic. The legislation would subsidize 100% of the premium for workers affected by an employment disruption
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Use of primary and preventive care services have declined sharply among children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to preliminary data released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. According to the data, vaccinations for children up to age 2 fell by 22%
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President Trump yesterday signed an executive order on a number of health care issues, including protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions from insurance discrimination and ending surprise medical billing. The EO highlights various health care policies that have been put in place over the past four years and outlines a framework for Trump’s health care
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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday released a final rule allowing states, territories and Indian tribes to establish programs to import certain FDA-approved prescription drug and biological products from Canada. Pharmacists and wholesalers could co-sponsor the programs, which would have to demonstrate that the imported products pose no additional risk to public health and safety and
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Kaufman Strategic Advisors Managing Director Nate Kaufman responded to the RAND Corporation’s flawed and incomplete hospital pricing survey in a new analysis published today. According to Kaufman, the RAND report “commoditized quality and care delivery; ignored the importance of physicians in the care delivery process; and assumed that a reduction in services, physicians, and facilities
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