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With Plans Taking Shape, Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard

By Rick Pollack
February 17, 2017

While Congress passed a budget resolution last month “unlocking” the reconciliation process to repeal and replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, the January 27 deadline for the committees of jurisdiction to develop substantive legislation has come and gone. That’s why the options outlined yesterday by House Republican leaders really represent the first step in their efforts to develop consensus within the party on next steps and what potential legislation could look like. The ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

The Next Generation of Community Health

By AHA STAT Staff
February 14, 2017

Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will be as important as the high-quality medical care they provide within their four walls.

It’s a journey described in the AHA Committee on Research’s new report, “The Next... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

By Rick Pollack
February 10, 2017

One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative solutions to rescue a facility on the verge of shutdown, and in recognition of his achievements, we honored him this week with the 2016 Rural Hospital Leadership Award at our... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

Telling the hospital story

February 9, 2017

With the AHA as a founding member, the Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care began almost 17 years ago as a major communications initiative of hospitals, national, state, regional and metropolitan hospital associations and businesses. It’s dedicated to telling the hospital story and helping policymakers and the public understand why we must protect hospitals from further burdens and funding cuts.

Initially a vehicle exclusively for television and print advertising, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

Ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

February 7, 2017

What are vulnerable communities? They’re communities in rural and inner-city America that lack access to primary care or are hobbled by a poor economy, high rates of uninsured and low health literacy, among other things.

For the millions of Americans who live in them, the local hospital is an important – and often only – source of care. It provides prevention and wellness services, and community out­reach. The local hospital works to advance population health and well-being. It... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

Shaping the Future

By Rick Pollack
February 3, 2017

In the second week of the Trump Administration, and the second month of the 115th Congress, health care issues have taken center stage like never before: repeal and replace (or repair) of the Affordable Care Act, “restructuring” Medicaid, “modernizing” Medicare…not to mention the health policy and funding issues sure to arise when the time comes to extend the debt limit, fund the government, reform the tax system, and extend the CHIP program.

It’s been said that the best way to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage

Hospitals are economic engines

By AHA STAT Staff
February 1, 2017

Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial health of the communities they serve.

The health care field has traditionally been an economic lynchpin for the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Hospital offers at-risk youth a grim lesson about gun violence

By AHA STAT Staff
January 31, 2017

As a steward of its community’s health, North Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital knows it is uniquely positioned to address the public health crisis posed by gun violence. For more than a decade, its “Cradle to Grave” program has given at-risk youth an unflinching look at the effects that guns have in their community, in the hope it will deter them from reaching for a gun to settle personal scores and help them realize that gun violence is not the glamorous business... read more

Tags: population health, Community health, members

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

By Rick Pollack
January 27, 2017

Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA released a new study finding that hospital mergers result in significant cost savings and quality improvements. The study, prepared by economists at Charles River Associates, found... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

By AHA STAT Staff
January 24, 2017

Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based reimbursement, declining populations; aging infrastructure and difficulties in recruiting medical staff to serve in small towns.

How rural hospitals can meet those challenges as... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership
 

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