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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

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

Report Misleads on Drug Prices

By Tom Nickels
October 19, 2017

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released yet another report designed to obfuscate the issue of sky-rocketing drug prices. Once again, PhRMA turned its sights on hospitals in just another example of PhRMA choosing to blame others rather than looking inward at the double-digit profits its members enjoy at the expense of patients and the providers who serve them. In a two and a half page “full analysis,” paid for by PhRMA, The Moran Group supposedly... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

Let's get more Americans covered

By AHA STAT Staff
October 5, 2017

America’s hospitals have long helped connect consumers with coverage and are committed to continuing to do so when open enrollment begins Nov. 1 for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplaces.

More than 20 million Americans have gained coverage over the past three years through a combination of Medicaid expansion and enrollment in private market coverage through the marketplace exchanges.

We need your help in spreading awareness about the importance of coverage and getting as many... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage, access

Once Again, Care for Millions at Risk

By Rick Pollack
September 22, 2017

Once again, health coverage for tens of millions of Americans is at risk. The Senate is considering yet another proposal, by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with a vote planned for next week.

The Graham-Cassidy proposal would result in millions losing coverage. It would erode key protections for patients and consumers. It would not stabilize the insurance market in the short or long term. And the new... read more

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

Protect 340B and Preserve the Safety Net

By AHA STAT Staff
August 24, 2017

The panel that advises the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on hospital outpatient payments sent a clear signal to the agency this week: Don’t shortchange patients’ access to vital pharmaceuticals by cutting the 340B Drug Pricing Program. CMS’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment responded to concerns raised by the AHA and hospital witnesses by calling on the agency to shelve a proposal that would drastically reduce funding for the 340B program in 2018.

Created... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Pricing Program, advocacy, access

Health care champions

By AHA STAT Staff
July 26, 2017

This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids Care and the Providence Institute for Human Caring will be honored with Circle of Life Awards for their innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.

California’s... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

A vital safety-net program

By AHA STAT Staff
July 20, 2017

The exorbitant cost of many prescription drugs threatens providers’ ability to provide life-saving medications for millions of Americans.

That is why the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which provides discounts on drugs to some health care providers who serve large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients, is so critical.

Efforts to scale back or eliminate it are the wrong prescription for advancing the health of underserved communities, and vulnerable patients would be the ones... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, access
 

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