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Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

By Rick Pollack
October 13, 2017

Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality care, hospitals deliver enormous value to their communities through programs to promote wellness and prevention, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

Take action to fight the flu

By AHA STAT Staff
October 12, 2017

One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk for flu complications. This includes people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. And, people who care for or live... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

Report misses mark on 340B program

By Tom Nickels
October 10, 2017

The latest report from AIR340B, a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry, continues to misrepresent a program with a successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and comprehensive health services for the many patients served by participating hospitals. The report attempts to mislead the debate by comparing changes in the “charity care” provided by a small sample... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

By Rick Pollack
October 6, 2017

The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them in this tragedy.

In this crisis, the women and men of Las Vegas’s hospitals and health systems heroically stepped forward to help the more than 500 victims hospitalized. Hundreds... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

Let's get more Americans covered

By AHA STAT Staff
October 5, 2017

America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid expansion and enrollment in private market coverage through the marketplace exchanges.

We need your help in spreading awareness about the importance of coverage and getting as many... read more

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

What's Next in the Health Care Debate?

By Rick Pollack
September 29, 2017

Once again, the Senate attempted to pass a proposal to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. Once again, it met defeat – and we are grateful.

But this fight is not over. America’s hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant and continue to make the case to protect coverage for patients.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal met the same fate as previous repeal attempts because its enactment would have had similar consequences: devastating cuts to Medicaid,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Please give to The Care Fund

By AHA STAT Staff
September 28, 2017

Natural disasters may shut down towns and cities, but they can’t shut down the human spirit. And in hospitals throughout Puerto Rico ravaged by historic storms, the spirit of caring, curing and compassion has been reflected steadily thoughout these difficult times.

We have been in close coordination with the Puerto Rico Hospital Association as it works with its hospitals and local and federal agencies to respond and rebuild. We have offered assistance and will continue to provide... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, leadership, members

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

By Rick Pollack
September 22, 2017

Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would result in millions losing coverage. It would erode key protections for patients and consumers. It would not stabilize the insurance market in the short or long term. And the new... read more

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

MACRA Decision Guide

By AHA STAT Staff
September 22, 2017

Are you ready for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or MACRA? The AHA’s MACRA resources are designed to support your needs as you implement MACRA’s sweeping changes.

Our latest offering aims to help you and your clinician partners decide which MACRA track to pursue – the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models. By answering a series of questions, the interactive decision guide leads participants to briefs on associated topics.

To access... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare

AHA-AMGA Collaborative - Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
September 20, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

The AHA and the AMGA invite members to apply for the next iteration of our clinical integration learning collaborative. As we strive to deliver smarter, better, safer care, it’s imperative that health care organizations are experienced in developing plans for more integrated systems of care.

The inaugural class consisted of more than 20 teams that developed plans for more integrated care specific to their... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, clinical integration
 

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