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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

Did you get your flu shot yet?

By John R. Combes, MD
December 10, 2015

As we swing into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) reminds us to make our health a priority this season 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 potentially serious... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, prevention

The Flu and You

By Rich Umbdenstock
December 5, 2014

Do you work in a hospital?  December 7-13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a great time to roll up that sleeve if you haven’t already. To protect the lives and welfare of patients and hospital employees, the AHA Board of Trustees supports mandatory patient safety policies that require either flu vaccination or wearing a mask in the presence of patients across health care settings during flu season. It’s one more way hospital employees can show the commitment to patient... read more

Tags: quality care, quality, child health, Community health

Share a Meal, Not the Flu

By John R. Combes, MD
November 24, 2014

Millions of Americans this week are preparing to give thanks and celebrate the holidays with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals and health systems also are preparing but for a different a reason, flu season is upon us. The convergence of these two events is an evolving challenge for health care professionals, especially following the recent Ebola crisis.  During this flu season, it is vital to avoid preventable cases of patients presenting at our Emergency... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, child health, maternal health, infant health, Community health



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