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Call to Action

By Rick Pollack
June 23, 2017

From the onset of this debate, America’s hospitals and health systems have been guided by a set of key principles that would protect coverage for Americans. Unfortunately, the draft bill under discussion in the Senate to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act moves in the opposite direction, particularly for our most vulnerable patients.

The Senate proposal would trigger deep cuts to the Medicaid program that covers millions of Americans with chronic conditions, such... read more

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

Volunteers Working to Combat Violence in Communities

By AHA STAT Staff
June 23, 2017

The commitment to address and work to end violence in our communities and hospitals is a priority for all members of the hospital staff and care teams. Often, our volunteer workforce is on the front lines confronting these incidences of violence.

With summer now upon us, and as temperatures rise, hospitals and health systems are committed to addressing and curbing the summer spike trend in violent crimes. Consider the following from a 2014 Bureau of Justice Statistics report:

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

Spotlight Health is the big event in health care

By AHA STAT Staff
June 21, 2017

More than 1,000 creative minds will come together at the fourth annual Spotlight Health to discuss the cutting-edge health issues of our time. Spotlight Health is the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and takes place June 22-25 in Aspen, Colo.

Spotlight Health’s deep dive along the cutting edge of health and medicine is presented through a global lens. A mix of formats, including keynotes, one-on-one interviews, interactive sessions, and panel discussions will... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, population health, Community health, leadership, members

The Clock is Ticking

By Rick Pollack
June 16, 2017

With only two weeks to go until a scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate continues to work on legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. As you know, we’ve urged senators to reject the House-passed American Health Care Act, and focus on protecting health care coverage for Americans.

To amplify our message, the AHA this week joined forces with seven national health care organizations representing hospitals, doctors and patients. Together, we are calling on... read more

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

Reducing the regulatory burden

By AHA STAT Staff
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

Reining in drug prices

By AHA STAT Staff
June 13, 2017

A Senate committee today shined the spotlight on the wave of high and unexpected increases in prescription drug costs that puts an incredible financial strain on hospitals and health systems and threaten our ability to provide high quality care each and every day.

In a statement submitted to the committee’s hearing on drug prices, the AHA recommended Congress and the administration move quickly to take a number of steps that would increase competition, transparency, access and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: drug prices

Three Weeks to Go

By Rick Pollack
June 9, 2017

With three weeks to go until its scheduled July 4 recess, the Senate is focused on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans may lie in the balance.

With three weeks to go, the Senate must decide whether to pass a bill similar to the House-passed American Health Care Act – a bill that would cause millions of people to lose their coverage – or to protect our most vulnerable patients, including children, the... read more

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

Join the Hospitals Against Violence campaign

By AHA STAT Staff
June 7, 2017

All social and community ills seem to eventually find their way to the hospital. Certainly the results of violence do.

On June 9, Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday will focus national attention on hospitals’ efforts to end violence with a digital media campaign – shared tweets, posted photos and other online efforts.

It’s part of the AHA’s effort to raise awareness about how hospitals and health systems are working to reduce violence in their communities and in... read more

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

Clock is Ticking on AHCA

By Rick Pollack
June 2, 2017

Congress returns to Washington next week, and in the Senate, repeal and replace is the number-one legislative priority. Now is the time for the entire hospital and health system family everywhere to urge their senators to reject the American Health Care Act, already passed by the House. A recent Congressional Budget Office analysis estimates that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the AHCA.

The clock is ticking: the Senate may vote on... read more

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

CBO scores underlines risk for uninsured

By Rick Pollack
May 26, 2017

The latest Congressional Budget Office estimates on the impact of the American Health Care Act only reinforce our initial deep concerns. We believe coverage must be maintained for vulnerable patients who need it. But the CBO projects that 23 million fewer Americans would have health care coverage in 10 years under the House-passed AHCA.

As we have said, any health reforms Congress considers must be guided by ensuring that millions of people across the country don’t lose their... read more

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

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