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340B Supports Essential Hospital Services

By Rick Pollack
November 3, 2017

Millions of Americans worry about the high costs of life-saving prescription drugs. That’s why 25 years ago, Congress created the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help hospitals expand access to prescription drugs and support essential services for our most vulnerable patients.

The program constitutes less than 3% of the more than $450 billion in U.S. annual drug purchases. Because it is funded by drug manufacturer discounts, not federal dollars, it doesn’t cost the government or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, access, regulation

Making Progress on Regulatory Relief

By Rick Pollack
October 27, 2017

The sheer volume of regulations on the books and the scope of change required in meeting them are outstripping the hospital field’s ability to absorb them. Fortunately, there has been growing recognition of this fact from the Administration and those on Capitol Hill, along with some measurable progress.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in particular has recently provided important relief to the field, like implementing a 12-month moratorium on the outdated... read more

Tags: regulation, administrative simplification

Reducing the regulatory burden

June 15, 2017

Reducing administrative complexity in health care would save billions of dollars annually and allow providers to spend more time on patients, not paperwork. That’s what the AHA told

the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this week in a letter calling for regulatory relief. 

We said there are a number of steps the agency can take now to remove regulatory barriers to better care. They range from cancelling Stage 3 meaningful use requirements for electronic health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, regulation

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

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

Outdated Regs Impede Care Transformation

By Rick Pollack
July 15, 2016

Every day hospitals and health systems seek to provide the best care for each and every patient. But a growing list of regulatory barriers hampers their efforts to transform and improve care. Improving the coordination of patient care is a prime example. Last week, we released a report as part of the AHA’s on-going campaign seeking regulatory relief for hospitals and health systems. It highlights how outdated fraud and abuse regulations created under the Stark and Anti-Kickback... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: regulation, administrative simplification, self-referral, clinical integration, antitrust



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