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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

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

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

Make Your Voice Heard Now

By Rick Pollack
April 28, 2017

Congress returned this week from its spring break—and so did the American Health Care Act. The latest version of the AHCA is being changed to include an amendment authored by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and endorsed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus. This version of the AHCA continues to put health coverage in jeopardy for many Americans. Our top concern is what this change could mean for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer... read more

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

Cybersecurity

By AHA STAT Staff
April 27, 2017

America’s hospital and health systems must be prepared to battle viruses every day – and that includes the malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks, and connected devices.

While no economic sector is immune from attacks, criminals increasingly seek to infiltrate critical hospital infrastructure and information systems. The hospital and health system field’s treasure trove of financial and personal data makes it a high-value target of cybercriminals.

The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Cybersecurity

Stabilize the Exchanges

By Rick Pollack
April 21, 2017

Congress returns to Washington next week with some important decisions to make in a short time. One of their immediate priorities should be stabilizing the Health Insurance Marketplaces to protect the millions of Americans who rely on them for health coverage. Policymakers should remove uncertainty about continued funding for cost-sharing reductions. This funding helps cover out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people who purchase coverage through the exchanges. Nearly 60% of... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, access

Ensuring Quality Care for All Patients

April 19, 2017

By Gene Woods

April is National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect minority populations–and to accelerating health care equity. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health systems are participating in the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities.

MaineGeneral Health in Augusta is among those health care organizations, working to ensure every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, equity, leadership

Keep Fighting to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
April 14, 2017

Congress may be in recess, with members back home in their states and districts – but the push to revive the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still very real. House Republicans and the White House continue to work to revise the bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act and secure enough votes for passage. Negotiations are serious – and your voice remains critical in this debate. The AHCA, as originally devised, would dramatically increase the number of Americans... read more

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

AHA to join the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

April 10, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) today announced that AHA is joining the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (Portfolio Program). The Portfolio Program allows physicians in selected organizations, participating in meaningful, rigorous practice improvement activities, to use those practice-relevant activities as part of their process of maintaining specialty... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy

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
 

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