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Inauguration Day and the Future of Health Care

By Rick Pollack
January 19, 2017

Inauguration Day ushers in a new era of change in Washington. Republicans and Democrats will assemble together to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office, and to celebrate the peaceful passing of power that is a hallmark of our democracy. Meanwhile, across America, health care needs don’t take a day off. Inauguration Day is still a busy day for the women and men who work at our hospitals and health systems, and I’ve heard from many of you who wonder what the Trump Administration... read more

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

The AHA's Strategic Plan is our roadmap for the future

By Rick Pollack
January 5, 2017

The AHA’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is the result of significant deliberation, study, and hard work by AHA’s Board of Trustees, governance committees, and staff, after much input and guidance from you, our membership. We heard from you and responded with a plan that is designed to provide a quick overview of the forces influencing the field, our shared commitments and a roadmap for getting there during this time of transformation.

 The only constant in our chosen field of health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, governance, leadership, members

Health Care in The Transition

By Rick Pollack
December 9, 2016

Repealing and not replacing the Affordable Care Act would be harmful for patients and the hospitals that serve them. That’s why the AHA recently sent letters to President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders highlighting the results of a new study that details the impact repealing the ACA would have on hospitals, health systems, and the communities they serve. This study, cosponsored by the Federation of American Hospitals and completed by the firm Dobson|DaVanzo, reveals some... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

From Politics to Governance

By Rick Pollack
November 11, 2016

This week millions of Americans exercised their fundamental right to vote and elect our leaders. With the election now behind us, we must turn from politics to governance. Amid the changing political landscape, our priorities remain the same – advancing the transformation of health care, ensuring access to coverage, preserving adequate resources for health care, protecting patient access to care, enhancing the quality of care and patient safety, and making health care more... read more

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

A Call for Flexibility

By Rick Pollack
October 7, 2016

A bipartisan majority of lawmakers have delivered a strong message to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: protect patients’ access to care and provide fair payment and more predictability for hospitals in regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based outpatient departments. Our thanks to four of our champions on this issue, Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Joseph Crowley,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy

Making the Case

By Rick Pollack
September 16, 2016

Hospital leaders earlier this week came to Washington for an AHA-hosted Advocacy Day briefing that laid the groundwork for meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Front and center in those talks were our concerns about stopping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from moving forward with proposed regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based outpatient departments. We want Congress to press the agency for both flexibility and a more... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, advocacy

Hospital Leaders on the Hill

September 13, 2016

Today, hundreds of hospital leaders are reaching out to their members of Congress to talk about the challenges facing their patients and communities.

What are the issues facing hospitals and health systems today? Recent developments regarding the so-called site-neutral payment provisions included in the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule and legislation, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), among others.

The American Hospital Association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, readmissions, site neutral payment, advocacy

Moving Forward

By Rick Pollack
July 29, 2016

Now that the hoopla of the national political conventions is over, keep this in mind as we look ahead beyond the November elections: bipartisanship will ultimately be the name of the game when it comes to getting things done in Washington, particularly with the likelihood that no party or ideology will dominate all three branches of government.  We in the hospital and health system field are less interested in moving left or right than we are in moving forward with a focus on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, leadership

CMS Star Rating Methodology Biased, Flawed

By Rick Pollack
July 7, 2016

Providing consumers with clear, accurate, useful information to aid in making critical health care decisions is a goal we all share. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings system was intended to provide that help to consumers, their families and caregivers as they consider which hospitals will best serve them. At the same time, hospitals and health systems, outside experts and more than half of the members of the U.S. Senate and House have raised important... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy

AHA Annual Meeting Recap

May 4, 2016

Read complete coverage of the AHA Annual meeting, including news from top AHA leaders, federal lawmakers, government officials and more. 

Experts air proposals to rein in rising prescription drug prices

 A panel of health care pharmaceutical experts offered a range of approaches to help rein in what all agreed is an unsustainable increase in prescription drug prices. Read more.

 Health plan consolidation raises serious concerns 

The two major proposed mergers in the health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, equity, leadership



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