Month: March 2021

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The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model will not seek applications from accountable care organizations until next spring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The two-track payment model, announced last year, will test whether upfront investments, predictable capitated payments, and operational and regulatory flexibilities improve rural health care access and quality
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month extended to April 1 the deadline for eligible hospitals to submit calendar year 2020 electronic clinical quality measures to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program. The agency also extended to April 1 the deadline to attest to the interoperability program’s other
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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative today kicked off the latest convening in a series of events focused on hospitals’ and health systems’ efforts to identify and prevent human trafficking. The series is part of ongoing efforts ’ in conjunction with Jones Day law firm and HEAL Trafficking ’ to provide resources to health care
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2021 marks year three of the AHA Physician Alliance, created to help hospital and health systems better engage and partner with physician leadership and to strengthen that voice in the American Hospital Association’s  policy efforts. Events over the past year have underscored the urgency and importance of this work. It’s also highlighted the need for
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Dive Brief: Wall Street analysts are predicting recovery of elective surgery volumes after analyzing a consumer sentiment survey and hospital tracking data, but the forecasts come amid a stark warning from the head of the CDC that rising COVID-19 metrics jeopardizes progress. Results from two surveys from Needham and Jefferies suggest people are visiting hospitals
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In this episode of Leadership Rounds, I talk with Alvin Hoover, CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, Miss., who is serving on the front lines of rural health care.    Our conversation covers how KDMC, an independent rural hospital with about 75% of its patients covered by either Medicare or Medicaid, has responded
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Health care and behavioral health care systems can apply through April 19 for grants to screen children and/or adults in primary care and community health settings to screen for substance use disorders, implement brief interventions and refer for treatment services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced last week.  The agency expects to
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Dive Brief: The U.S. Department of Justice is embarking on a deeper review of UnitedHealth Group’s $13 billion acquisition of data analytics company Change Healthcare following entreaties from powerful hospital lobby the American Hospital Association over anticompetitive concerns. On Wednesday, the DOJ requested additional information and documents from UnitedHealth and Change in its ongoing review
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Throughout the pandemic, innovative partnerships have helped hospitals and health systems ensure ongoing care for patients, health care workers and their communities.  In this blog, Priya Bathija, AHA’s vice president of strategic initiatives, shares hospitals’ success stories that have shone brightly at every phase of this public health emergency. Plus, she announces an opportunity for
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As more vaccine supplies become available and more jurisdictions expand priority categories or do away with them altogether, hospitals and health systems continue to work overtime to serve as access points. This good news comes with a footnote, however: Reports find that many people are not yet ready to get their COVID-19 vaccination, citing the
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced the immediate resumption of survey activities for all complaints. On Jan. 20, 2021, CMS issued guidance limiting hospital surveys for all complaints other than Immediate Jeopardy complaints. The suspension period lasted for 30 days and was extended once, keeping the suspension in place through March 22, 2021.
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Dive Brief: A new report from Moody’s Investors Service concluded that non-profit and public hospital margins have declined but liquidity has improved during the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily due to advanced Medicare payments under the relief provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. However, overall cash flow slumped. The acuity of inpatients also
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Learn how hospital and health system leaders such as Neil Gomes, system senior vice president of digital and human experiences at CommonSpirit Health, are synthesizing and applying consumer experience data insights for improved patient loyalty and outcomes.  Watch the 10-minute video, part of AHA’s Transformation Talks series on strategies for reimagining health care. 
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided subsidized health insurance on HealthCare.gov and state-run Marketplaces since 2019, with about 9 million people purchasing coverage with federal premium help. However, millions remain uninsured despite being eligible to purchase on the Marketplace. Some uninsured people have been priced out of the market because their incomes did not
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#InThisTogether was a trending hashtag on social media early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Those using it did so to capture the need for all of us to join forces to defeat a common enemy’in this case, COVID-19’s spread. In these uncertain times, our society banded together and rose to the challenge.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,
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