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MACRA Decision Guide

By AHA STAT Staff
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

AHA-AMGA Collaborative - Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
September 20, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

The AHA and the AMGA invite members to apply for the next iteration of our clinical integration learning collaborative. As we strive to deliver smarter, better, safer care, it’s imperative that health care organizations are experienced in developing plans for more integrated systems of care.

The inaugural class consisted of more than 20 teams that developed plans for more integrated care specific to their... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, clinical integration

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

By AHA STAT Staff
June 27, 2017

The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient safety, improving population health, driving value through delivery system innovation, managing risk, leveraging health information technology and data for safer and more effective... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
December 16, 2016

This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain management. 

According to the CDC, “The new Opioid Guide App makes it easier to apply the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

Clinician Well-being and Resilience

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N., Ph.D.
December 15, 2016

The rapid pace of change in health care, from delivery redesign to risk-based payment models to increased data reporting and interoperability, has clinician attention divided among many competing priorities and challenged to meet changing requirements while improving care delivery for a more diverse population. Numerous studies show clinician stress is associated with lower patient satisfaction, a negative impact on health care quality, overuse of resources and increased costs.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, physicians, culture of safety, leadership, nurses, workforce

AHA Debuts MACRA 101 Video Series

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
October 27, 2016

The rule implementing the new Medicare physician quality payment program called for by the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) presents challenges and opportunities for hospitals, health systems and the nearly 540,000 directly employed or contracted physicians with whom they partner to deliver quality care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ release of the final MACRA rule represents the next evolution in value-based health care. With 2017 rapidly... read more

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

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

MACRA Tracker Helps Hospitals Prioritize Resources

By Ashley Thompson
October 11, 2016

With the clock ticking on the proposed Jan. 1, 2017 start date for the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the field breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will provide clinicians with flexible options to satisfy reporting requirements in 2017.

The AHA had urged CMS to provide clinicians with flexibility to meet the aggressive timelines and... read more

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

New Patient-Friendly Resource on Prescription Opioids Available

By AHA STAT Staff
June 7, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a new patient-friendly resource on prescription opioids. 

“Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physician issues, Mental health, opioids, prevention

Becoming Better Stewards of Antibiotics

By John R. Combes, MD
May 3, 2016

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts released a study in JAMA and corresponding editorial that analyzed antibiotic use in the outpatient setting. The study found that in the U.S. in 2010-2011, there was an estimated annual antibiotic prescription rate per 1000 people of 506, but only an estimated 353 of those prescriptions were likely appropriate.

The study asserts these results support the need for the national strategy on... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, physician issues, patient and family engagement
 

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