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It's Not Over

By Rick Pollack
July 21, 2017

This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be another twist by the time you finish reading this.

The headlines keep changing, but the bottom line is the same. Whatever version of repeal and replace – or repeal without... read more

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

A vital safety-net program

By AHA STAT Staff
July 20, 2017

The exorbitant cost of many prescription drugs threatens providers’ ability to provide life-saving medications for millions of Americans.

That is why the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which provides discounts on drugs to some health care providers who serve large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients, is so critical.

Efforts to scale back or eliminate it are the wrong prescription for advancing the health of underserved communities, and vulnerable patients would be the ones... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, access

How Hospitals Are Benefiting the Communities They Serve

By Rick Pollack
July 18, 2017

POLITICO’s recent piece on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on non-profit hospitals is an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the situation hospitals currently face and the benefits they provide.


First and foremost, the piece takes a narrow view of community benefits and fails to account for the full array of programs and services hospitals provide to their communities. Per the June 2016 IRS report to Congress, hospitals’ financial assistance and community benefit... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Heading Into the Ninth

By Rick Pollack
July 14, 2017

Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people – among them people with chronic conditions such as cancer, individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and support, and the elderly.

Unfortunately, in the latest... read more

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

More grassroots advocacy from the folks back home

By AHA STAT Staff
July 13, 2017

We’ve been sharing with you how many hospitals and health systems are speaking up about congressional Republican proposals to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act – proposals that would undermine care and coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans. Here are two more examples of grassroots action from the folks back home.

In Cleveland, Ohio, University Hospital President and CEO Thomas Zenty III described, first in town-hall styled meetings and later in a... read more

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

From the front lines of health care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 11, 2017

Senators returned to Washington this week to continue debate on legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the Senate approved the bill as currently drafted.

Key to protecting coverage for millions of Americans is to make sure your Republican senators hear from you – and your entire hospital or health system family. Many of you are doing that – and we’re pleased to continue to share... read more

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

Clock is ticking on BCRA, Coverage for Millions at Risk

By Rick Pollack
July 7, 2017

Next week, the Senate will reconvene in Washington to continue debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. In just 142 pages, they’re seeking to rewrite how millions of Americans get – or don’t get – health insurance coverage. By 2026, an estimated 22 million people would lose coverage if the bill passes.

Many of America’s hospitals and health systems have joined the fight to protect... read more

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

Leading the way on equitable care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 7, 2017

Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in advancing health equity: the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award winners.

Their outstanding efforts to end health care disparities and promote diversity offer a model for others in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members

Keep The Pressure On

By Rick Pollack
June 30, 2017

This Independence Day, as we take time to spend with family and friends, we also celebrate our democracy and the values that our nation holds dear. One of them is the freedom and responsibility we have as citizens to make our voices heard and participate in the shaping of public policy for the future of our country.

As we know, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) hit a roadblock this week, and the Senate has postponed a vote until after Congress’s scheduled July 4... read more

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

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

By AHA STAT Staff
June 27, 2017

The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient safety, improving population health, driving value through delivery system innovation, managing risk, leveraging health information technology and data for safer and more effective... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination
 

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