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Make Your Voice Heard

By Rick Pollack
April 7, 2017

Two weeks ago, it looked like Congressional attempts to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act might be over – at least for now – after the bill House Republicans crafted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was pulled from consideration…and signals from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue suggested that other issues would become priorities. Now it looks like the AHCA, or some form of it, will continue to be the focus of future legislative activity, as the White House... read more

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

April is National Donate Life Month

By AHA STAT Staff
April 6, 2017

April is National Donate Life Month, when the AHA encourages everyone to consider becoming organ, eye and tissue donors.

The AHA every year joins Donate Life America and others in supporting National Donate Life Month. We hope you will join the association in supporting this nationwide campaign. 

Nearly 119,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States.

Thousands more need tissue or cornea transplants. That’s more than enough people to fill a large... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: organ donation

Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month

April 3, 2017

How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.

Increasing awareness is critical to catalyzing action, and action is at the heart of the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, leadership

Celebrating Nursing Leaders

By Rick Pollack
March 31, 2017

It takes a team to run a hospital. But if you ask a patient who they interacted with the most, they’ll probably say a nurse. Nurses are on the front lines of medical care in hospitals, health clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and home health care. They are often the voice of the patient. Today, I had the opportunity to be with nursing leaders from across the nation at the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Baltimore. It was a chance to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, nurses, workforce, members

Your Voice Made a Difference

March 29, 2017

I have been so proud to see America’s hospitals and health systems speak so passionately on behalf of our patients these past few months to protect their ability to access affordable coverage. We are very appreciative that our legislators listened—and thankfully, a bill that could have dramatically increased the number of people without health insurance did not go forward.

We appreciate how persuasively you advocated for your communities. And thank you for sharing your stories... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Your Annual Membership Meeting

By AHA STAT Staff
March 28, 2017

The AHA’s advocacy agenda and leadership resources are designed to help you manage the many issues that are important to you now, and will be increasingly important down the road.

Our advocacy agenda is rooted in the challenges you face every day in providing quality care to your patients. It takes center stage at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting, May 7-10 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, “Advancing Health in America,” highlights how hospitals and health systems are... read more

Tags: advocacy, leadership, members

The Road Ahead

By Rick Pollack
March 27, 2017

As we all know by now, the U.S. House of Representatives did not vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. Be certain, America’s hospitals and health systems will continue to work with Congress – and all stakeholders – to improve health care in America…and to find solutions that are best for hospitals and the patients and communities we serve. Much of the debate over repeal, replace and repair focused on coverage and how to pay for it. That’s an... read more

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

AONE 2017 - 50 Years of Inspiring Leaders

By AHA STAT Staff
March 22, 2017

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results” – Florence Nightingale

In 1967, a collection of nurse administrators from the AHA Council of Nursing organized themselves into an AHA personal membership group to create a professional home for nurse leaders. Fifty years later, AONE is the preeminent organization for nurse leaders. Echoing the founders’ aims to develop the profession of nursing leadership, the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Caregivers, leadership, nurses, workforce

Call to Action

By Rick Pollack
March 17, 2017

The American Health Care Act – a bill that would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health care coverage is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Now is the time for America’s hospitals and health systems to weigh in, so it is urgent for you to tell your legislators that they must not support this bill in its current form. We believe that any changes to health care policy must be guided by ensuring that the greatest number of Americans possible are... read more

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

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

March 16, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) has been working with experts in ambulatory care, patient and family engagement (PFE), and care transitions to create a toolkit specific to the ambulatory care setting that... read more

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

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