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Your Voice Is Critical As Congress Wraps Up

By Rick Pollack
December 8, 2017

Once again we are facing a year-end legislative traffic jam. 

As early as next week, Congress could vote on a final tax reform bill. The House and Senate have each passed different versions, and now both houses have appointed conferees to shape the final bill. Now is the time to contact your legislators, especially if they are Republicans, and urge them to support AHA’s advocacy positions on issues critical to the field, including protecting the individual mandate, access to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Medicare, Coverage, advocacy, access, bonds

340B Program Protects Patients and Access to Care

By Tom Nickels
December 8, 2017

For 25 years, the 340B drug savings program, at no cost to the government, has enabled eligible hospitals to purchase certain outpatient drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers at discounted prices. This allows the participating hospitals to use the savings from the discounts to provide an expanded range of comprehensive health services to their local communities, such as increased access to care, clinical pharmacy services, community outreach programs, free vaccines and to fund... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

December 4, 2017

By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several areas:

  • Access – coverage, workforce, affordability and behavioral health
  • Value – health care transformation and care models focused on populations, which improve quality of care... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

Cybersecurity Must be a Priority for Everyone

By Chantal Worzala
December 4, 2017

Our hospital caregivers battle viruses every day – and that includes keeping safe from malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks and connected devices.

We are moving deeper and deeper into the digital age. Indeed, Cyber Monday showed us to what extent our lives have become increasingly digital. 

As we witnessed during last summer’s global ransomware attack, we live in a world where cyber criminals can infiltrate critical hospital and health system... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Cybersecurity

Much at Stake as Congress Completes Work for the Year

By Rick Pollack
December 1, 2017

Health care has been the top issue in Congress all year, and December is shaping up to be no different. The tax reform bills working their way through Congress could mean major changes for America’s hospitals and health systems.

Because each house will likely pass different versions of tax reform, they must now reconcile the bills for final passage. We’re pleased that the Senate bill does not eliminate the tax-exemption for private-activity bonds, protecting hospitals’ and health... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid

The holiday season is a good time to think about the gift of health

November 30, 2017

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a good time to think about the gift of health. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) reminds us to make our health a priority so we don’t give our loved ones the gift of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created NIVW as a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is the best tool available to protect against this... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

AHA HAVE Awards are our way of saying thanks to those who give so much to so many

November 29, 2017

Are your hospital’s volunteers teaming up with others in your community to help the people you serve become healthier? Are they working to enhance the public’s trust and confidence in your hospital or health system? Are they taking on a major health problem and helping those who suffer regain their normal lives? Are they involved in getting primary or preventative care to people who would otherwise be left behind?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes or if your... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, awards

Giving Thanks

By Rick Pollack
November 22, 2017

Every day, hospitals and health systems across the country are challenged in so many ways as you seek to care for those in your community. In the midst of these challenges, however, are incredible improvements in the health and wellbeing of our communities – giving all of us much for which we can be thankful.

More than 20 million Americans gained health coverage over the last three years through a combination of Medicaid expansion and enrollment in private market coverage on the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Caregivers

Don't Cut Medicare

By Tom Nickels
November 20, 2017

The tax bill being considered in the House and Senate could lead to $25 billion in cuts to Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Those are the consequences under the so-called “pay-as-you-go” law Congress passed in 2010. That law requires tax cuts and certain spending increases to be paired with offsetting provisions. If not, the law forces automatic spending cuts, also known as sequestration. Congress can prevent the cuts, but it can’t be done under the same... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Medicare

The Importance of Coverage

By Rick Pollack
November 17, 2017

A cancer survivor is alive because doctors diagnosed her disease in time and got her the treatment she needed immediately. A man with diabetes learns how to monitor his blood sugar to avoid the amputation of his leg. These miracles happened because these patients had meaningful access to care as a result of having health care coverage.

Promoting health coverage for as many Americans as possible is a core value of the AHA.

In the past five years, more than 20 million Americans... read more

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



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