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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

Five Takeaways from the MACRA 2018 Final Rule

November 14, 2017

By Akin Demehin and Caitlin Gillooley

On Nov. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its final rule updating the Quality Payment Program required by Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The QPP ties Medicare payments to physicians and a handful of other types of clinicians to their performance on quality, cost and the use of electronic health records. The QPP began this year, and potential bonuses and penalties will first be applied in 2019.

While the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicare

Chairman's File: Recognizing Collaboration for Healthier Communities

November 13, 2017

By Gene Woods

Through innovation and collaboration, hospitals and health systems across the country are taking the lead in their community and working to help residents overcome economic and social barriers to health. Every day, I have the pleasure to see and read examples of how health care organizations are reaching outside of their walls in new ways, and today, I’d like to invite you to share your story with the AHA.

For nearly 25 years, the AHA NOVA Awards have recognized... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, awards, members

America's Hospitals Count on Veterans

By Rick Pollack
November 10, 2017

Our freedoms were earned – and continue to be protected every single day – by the service of our nation’s veterans. Veterans Day is our opportunity to honor these brave men and women for their sacrifices. 

For veterans who want to continue serving others – but in a different capacity – America’s hospitals and health systems provide a great opportunity.  Many veterans, particularly former Army medics, Navy hospital corpsmen, Air Force medical technicians, and Coast Guard health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, workforce, members

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

Stability Needed

By Rick Pollack
October 20, 2017

Last week, the Administration announced that it will halt funding of the cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, that benefit nearly 6 million low- and modest-income Americans who buy coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Federal law requires insurers to reduce out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copayments, for low-income individuals purchasing coverage, and these payments reimburse insurers for those costs.

Ending CSR funding will drive up premiums for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

By Rick Pollack
October 13, 2017

Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality care, hospitals deliver enormous value to their communities through programs to promote wellness and prevention, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

Report misses mark on 340B program

By Tom Nickels
October 10, 2017

The latest report from AIR340B, a group financed and backed by the pharmaceutical industry, continues to misrepresent a program with a successful 25-year history of helping hospitals stretch scarce financial resources to expand and improve access to lifesaving prescription drugs and comprehensive health services for the many patients served by participating hospitals. The report attempts to mislead the debate by comparing changes in the “charity care” provided by a small sample... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

By Rick Pollack
October 6, 2017

The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them in this tragedy.

In this crisis, the women and men of Las Vegas’s hospitals and health systems heroically stepped forward to help the more than 500 victims hospitalized. Hundreds... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

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
 

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