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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


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

National Healthcare Volunteer Week

April 25, 2017

This is National Healthcare Volunteer Week, when the AHA’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals celebrates the service, dedication and commitment of hospital volunteers. 

National Healthcare Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers across the country. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

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

Conrad 30 program is a boon to rural care

April 17, 2017

The AHA last week called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would extend and strengthen a program that has been a boon to medical care in rural areas.

It’s called the Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver program, and it is set to expire on April 28.  

Currently doctors from other countries working in America on J-1 visas are required to return to their home country after their residency has ended for two years before they can apply for another visa or green card. The... read more

Tags: rural, advocacy

National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 17, 2017

A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a very stressful situation even more so – and is a hard time to reach sound decisions.

From April 16 to April 22, health care and community organizations, including hospitals, are... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

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

Workforce diversity

April 12, 2017

By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and culturally competent workforce starts from the top down. Leaders, executives and governance teams must recruit, retain and cultivate a diverse workforce that mirrors those they... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

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



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