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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

Five Takeaways from the MACRA 2018 Final Rule

November 14, 2017

By Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley

On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final rule updating the Quality Payment Program required by Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The QPP ties Medicare payments to physicians and a handful of other types of clinicians to their performance on quality, cost and the use of electronic health records. The QPP began this year, and potential bonuses and penalties will first be applied in 2019.

While the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Chairman's File: Recognizing Collaboration for Healthier Communities

November 13, 2017

By Gene Woods

Through innovation and collaboration, hospitals and health systems across the country are taking the lead in their community and working to help residents overcome economic and social barriers to health. Every day, I have the pleasure to see and read examples of how health care organizations are reaching outside of their walls in new ways, and today, I’d like to invite you to share your story with the AHA.

For nearly 25 years, the AHA NOVA Awards have recognized... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, awards, members

America's Hospitals Count on Veterans

By Rick Pollack
November 10, 2017

Our freedoms were earned – and continue to be protected every single day – by the service of our nation’s veterans. Veterans Day is our opportunity to honor these brave men and women for their sacrifices. 

For veterans who want to continue serving others – but in a different capacity – America’s hospitals and health systems provide a great opportunity.  Many veterans, particularly former Army medics, Navy hospital corpsmen, Air Force medical technicians, and Coast Guard health... read more

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

The Benefits of Hospital Mergers

By Tom Nickels
November 8, 2017

An article in today’s Politico suggests hospital mergers are having an adverse impact on health local markets and is leading to substandard care and higher prices. But the most recent research on the subject tells a far different and less sensationalist story. A study of recent hospital mergers – those occurring between 2009 and 2014 – shows they result in significant cost savings and quality improvements.

A study by economists at Charles River Associates earlier this year found... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: mergers

United Against the Flu

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
November 8, 2017

Millions of Americans soon will be giving thanks and celebrating Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals also are preparing, but for a different reason. Flu season is upon us.

The AHA again is organizing the United Against the Flu Campaign – a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated during flu season. The online hub, http://www.advancinghealthinamerica.org/flu/, provides... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

November is National Diabetes Month

By AHA STAT Staff
November 7, 2017

November is National Diabetes Month, and all kinds of events are planned on the local and national levels to bring attention to the burgeoning epidemic. Hospitals and health systems are working with their communities to sponsor screenings, informational sessions, fund-raising walks and healthy-living demonstrations.

Of course, programs aimed at managing and preventing diabetes are year-round activities for hospitals and health systems. They invest in wellness and prevention... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, chronic conditions

Chairman's File: Equity of Care is a Cause We All Share

November 7, 2017

By Gene Woods

It was two years ago that we launched the #123forEquity Pledge Campaign. And I couldn't be more appreciative of our field’s enthusiastic response, as 50 state hospital associations and nearly 1,500 hospitals have taken the pledge so far. This is a sign of our renewed commitment as leaders, in this esteemed profession, to eliminate disparities so that everyone, of every background, has access to the care they need and can reach their highest potential for health.

As... read more

Tag: equity
 

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