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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