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CBO scores underlines risk for uninsured

By Rick Pollack
May 26, 2017

The latest Congressional Budget Office estimates on the impact of the American Health Care Act only reinforce our initial deep concerns. We believe coverage must be maintained for vulnerable patients who need it. But the CBO projects that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the House-passed AHCA.

As we have said, any health reforms Congress considers must be guided by ensuring that millions of people across the country don’t lose their... read more

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

Addressing behavioral health

May 24, 2017

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering behavioral health care services in a variety of settings and through a variety of channels – from emergency medical or mental health services, treatment and counseling programs to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

On Guard for Cyber Attacks

By Rick Pollack
May 19, 2017

The recent worldwide ransomware attack proves just how important cybersecurity is for hospitals. While many entities around the world saw their operations temporarily crippled by the attack, thankfully, few U.S. hospitals were successfully breached. That speaks to the tremendous efforts the field has made to improve cybersecurity and build incident response capabilities.

The AHA worked closely with HHS, as well as the White House, the FBI, and the FDA in response to this... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Virtual Behavioral Health Services

May 19, 2017

By Gene Woods

One out of five Americans, or over 40 million people, struggle with behavioral health each day. In my state of North Carolina alone, every 2.5 minutes a person in behavioral crisis visits an emergency department. To better serve the needs of our patients and community, at Carolinas HealthCare System we have found that, by using innovative virtual solutions, we can extend the care we provide. CHS clinicians and staff have found that patients are receptive to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Behavioral health

Apply for the 2018 Circle of Life Award

May 12, 2017

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.

Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people feel dignified, worthy and loved.

The award pays tribute to the hospitals, physicians, nurses and others who are leading the way toward better practices in providing care at the end of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards, culture of safety, members, hospice, advanced illness care

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
May 12, 2017

As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens – older Americans, children, the disabled, and those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer and chronic conditions.

While it’s unclear what the next steps will be as it relates... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, leadership, members

Hospital State Leaders are Grassroots Champions

May 8, 2017

The American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award  recognizes those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.


The 2017 Grassroots Champions are:


Alabama – L. Keith Granger

President and Chief Executive Officer,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Fight to Protect Coverage Continues

By Rick Pollack
May 5, 2017

America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act. This bill will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans.

Despite last-minute changes, the proposal eliminates essential protections for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients and the chronically ill. It does little to help the 24 million Americans who would be left without coverage following... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, Coverage, Medicaid, access, members

National Hospital Week

May 4, 2017

The hospital. Those two words permeate our national conscience. Think about it.

When Americans talk about the place they rely on at critical times of their lives, they just say the hospital and everyone knows what they mean. In communities all across America, the hospital is the place that cures and cares.

But hospitals are not just places. They are people – the nurses and emergency medical service professionals, doctors and administrators, information management specialists and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce, members

Expand your talent pipeline through AHA's Institute for Diversity internship program

By Tomás León
May 3, 2017

There’s only a few days left for your health care organization to sign up to participate in this year’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) Summer Enrichment Program (SEP).

The SEP – an intensive 10-week, paid, full-time internship – provides talented, diverse graduate students and early-career professionals with invaluable training and mentoring from an experienced health care leader, as well as experiential learning and networking that exposes them to the inner... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: diversity



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