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Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

By Rick Pollack
September 15, 2017

Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals and health systems are still at stake as we approach the end of the federal fiscal year.

Many key policy issues that are vital to ensuring that patients continue to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

Dedicated team deals with disaster

September 15, 2017

By Allen Weiss, M.D.

Hurricane Irma brought out our best as the NCH team exceeded expectations. Before, during, and after the storm we shared the following communications with our colleagues that show the “inside story” of how we think and execute. We also had Naples Daily News (NDN) Reporter Liz Freeman embedded with us as both NCH and the NDN believe keeping those we serve well informed helps everyone.

 

Pre Irma: We understand that these can be difficult and anxious times as... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, leadership

Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

By AHA STAT Staff
September 14, 2017

Health isn’t created by doctors and nurses, but by friendships and families … by good air, food, houses, roads and jobs … by strong communities and good schools. Because improving health means going beyond hospitals and physicians’ offices, the AHA encourages the field to take advantage of our ongoing series of guides on strategic considerations and approaches hospitals can use to improve the environment where people live, work and play.

Our most recent guide is a one-pager aimed... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, Redefining the H, members

Congress: Take Action to Stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces

September 13, 2017

BY NANCY HOWELL AGEE

What if the health coverage you need is priced out of reach?  Do you forego care knowing that you can’t afford your deductible? Or do you see the doctor knowing that you may not be able to pay your co-pay?

More than half of individuals who buy their insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces – 7 million people – could face that predicament if they didn’t have access to the cost sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies. CSRs help consumers cover their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: access

There to Care

By Rick Pollack
September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the second historic storm to threaten the U.S. in the past three weeks, is churning its way through the Caribbean toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend. Puerto Rico already has weathered this powerful storm. Our hopes and prayers are with the people of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southeast region as they endure this tremendous storm and begin to rebuild.

Irma and its predecessor Harvey are powerful reminders of why emergency... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

Beyond the Four Walls

By Rick Pollack
August 25, 2017

Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and initiatives can change many lives for the better.

 With that in mind, the AHA is offering the field a series of guides on how hospitals and health systems can address the social... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

By AHA STAT Staff
August 24, 2017

The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment responded to concerns raised by the AHA and hospital witnesses by calling on the agency to shelve a proposal that would drastically reduce funding for the 340B program in 2018.

Created... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Continuously improving care

By AHA STAT Staff
August 21, 2017

Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and quality-improvement initiatives, including efforts to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

The agency’s report says health care quality continued to improve overall... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, safety, culture of safety

AHA Recognizes Those at the Forefront

By Rick Pollack
August 18, 2017

The AHA is eager to recognize excellence among America’s hospitals and health systems. We appreciate the work you do to help patients, and recognizing that work helps foster success across the field. At last month’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, we presented awards to more formally acknowledge the great work going on in areas ranging from palliative care to community engagement.

For example, the Circle of Life Award was presented to innovative and effective programs that... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: awards

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

By AHA STAT Staff
August 15, 2017

After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize, which recognizes health care leadership and innovation.

The 2018 prize encourages AHA members to expand upon past concepts and definitions of quality and safety, and to promote new... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards
 

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