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MACRA Decision Guide

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

Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

By Rick Pollack
September 15, 2017

Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals and health systems are still at stake as we approach the end of the federal fiscal year.

Many key policy issues that are vital to ensuring that patients continue to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

Urge Your Senators to Protect Coverage

By Rick Pollack
May 12, 2017

As you know, America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the American Health Care Act because we believe it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. We are particularly concerned about the impact it would have on our most vulnerable citizens – older Americans, children, the disabled, and those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer and chronic conditions.

While it’s unclear what the next steps will be as it relates... read more

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

Getting Ready for MACRA

By Rick Pollack
October 21, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued its final rule carrying out key provisions of the landmark Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which called for a new Medicare payment system for physicians. Eligible clinicians will participate in one of two tracks starting in 2017 – the default Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or advanced alternative payment models (APMs), such as an accountable care organization or patient-centered... read more

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

A Call for Flexibility

By Rick Pollack
October 7, 2016

A bipartisan majority of lawmakers have delivered a strong message to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: protect patients’ access to care and provide fair payment and more predictability for hospitals in regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based outpatient departments. Our thanks to four of our champions on this issue, Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Reps. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Joseph Crowley,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy

Brady calls for regulatory relief for hospitals

May 3, 2016

Congress must move forward with “bold solutions” to protect Medicare for today’s seniors and preserve the program for future generations, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today told hospital leaders at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Brady talked about providing “regulatory relief and reform for hospitals,” as well as encouraging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to work with doctors, patients and health care providers as... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Nickels updates hospital leaders on legislation, AHA advocacy goals

May 2, 2016

This year’s wildly unpredictable presidential campaign and a truncated legislative calendar has Congress less active and more cautious than usual, AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels told AHA members today at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting. Congressional leaders are looking ahead to 2017 and “see an opportunity to frame an agenda” that could include action on entitlement reform and the Affordable Care Act, he said. Still, he says there is a good chance for passing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy

Better Care Coordination

By Rick Pollack
January 15, 2016

Our fragmented health care system is rapidly transforming into a more integrated delivery system where providers need to work together more closely to provide the best and most appropriate care. An important part of the equation is post-acute care providers. Emerging innovations in post-acute care delivery models point the way to better and more patient-centered care. Post-acute care providers described the essential role they play in these new models at an AHA-hosted briefing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, care coordination, bundled payment

Continuing Advocacy

By Rick Pollack
October 30, 2015

Congress has passed an $80 billion bipartisan budget agreement that funds the government, lifts the debt ceiling and avoids a premium increase for some seniors. While the budget deal will ensure the government’s doors stay open, we’re deeply disappointed that it creates some restrictions on payments for care at new provider-based hospital outpatient departments, eroding a service vital to many sicker, poor, minority and senior patients, especially in rural communities. We worked to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid

By Rich Umbdenstock
July 17, 2015

Most Americans are too young to remember a time before Medicare and Medicaid – two programs that began to transform our health care system 50 years ago this month. It was an era when almost half of older Americans and millions of children and people with disabilities had no health care coverage at all. All that changed, for the better, half a century ago, putting our country one step closer to achieving the AHA’s vision of “a society of healthy communities, where all individuals... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access



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