The Economic Contributions of Hospitals Update
Although the role that hospitals play in providing health care is widely understood, the impact of the health care system on the U.S. economy is often overlooked. Hospitals ranked second as a source of private sector jobs in 2004. They provide jobs across a range of skill and salary levels, and create a steady source of employment, even during an economic downturn. In addition, hospitals create a "ripple effect" throughout the economy through their purchase of goods and services from other businesses, community involvement and patient assistance, such as charity care programs.
Published in February 2005 by the AHA and the Lewin Group, this report provides detailed graphs demonstrating the value hospitals bring to the US economy. To download the full TrendWatch report, go to http://www.ahapolicyforum.org/ahapolicyforum/trendwatch/content/
New Associate and Associate Advantage Members
Welcome to these new members who have made an investment in Associate Membership or Associate Advantage membership since January 1, 2005.
- American Valet, americanvalet.com
- Amerinet, Inc., amerinet-gpo.com
- ARAMARK, aramark.com
- Billian's Healthdata Group, billianshealthdata.com
- Colgate-Palmolive Company, colgate.com
- Craneware, Inc., craneware.com
- Cxtec, cxtec.com
- Diversified Maintenance, diveinc.com
- HealthMeans, Inc., healthmeans.com
- Houston Baptist University, hbu.edu
- International Spine Clinic Berlin, spine-clinic.de
- Life Alliance Organ Recovery, laora.med.miami.edu
- Marshall Erdman & Associates, Inc., erdman.com
- Phoenix Health Systems, Inc., phoenixhealth.com
- Profitline, profitline.com
- R&J Health, randjhealth.com
- Red Capital Group, redcapitalgroup.com
- Risk Management Logistics Proactive
- Riverain Medical, riverainmedical.com
- Rosario Incorporated, rosarioinc.com
- Sentinel Fiduciary Services, Inc., sentinelfiduciaryservices.com
- Specialty Medical Electronics, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Suburban Surgical Company, Inc., suburban-surgical.com
Associate Advantage Members
- American Fidelity Assurance Company, af-group.com
- Arjo, arjo.com
- Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company, bostonmutual.com
- Cardinal Health, cardinal.com
- CCM Advisors, LLC, ahafunds.org
- CLAREDI Corporation, claredi.com
- Computer Associates, ca.com
- Concuity, concuity.com
- Diversified Investment Advisors, divinvest.com
- Dye & Eskin
- Ernst & Young, ey.com/global/content.nsf/us/home
- Executive Health Resources, Inc., ehrdocs.com
- G.E. Financial, ge.com
- Kaufman Hall, kaufmanhall.com
- Mag Mutual, magmutual.com
- Mitretek Systems, mitretek.org
- NEBCO, nebenefit.com
- Per-Se Technologies, per-se.com
- PostX, postx.com
- The Allen J. Flood Companies, Inc., ajfusa.com
- Thermo USCS, us-cs.com
- TransUnion, transunion.com
- United Concorida Company, Inc., ucci.com
- Vertical Claims Management, L.L.C., vcm-llc.com
- West Lake Financial Group, westlakefg.com
Useful Links on AHA's Web Site
The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care - The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care is an organization of hospitals, national, state and metro hospital associations, and businesses that fund advertising designed to raise hospital and health care issues to a high level of visibility in our communities. The health care policy decisions made in Washington affect patients and communities across America. Making sure these decisions are the right decisions requires the participation of every hospital and health system, and of any other organization or individual who understands the importance of protecting America's health care. Many AHA Associate and Advantage Members participate in this historic and critical effort. Call (877) 422-2349 for more information, or go to www.protecthealthcare.org.
AHA's Advocacy Agenda - AHA's 2005 advocacy plan includes goals to achieve in partnership with the government by the end of the decade in six areas: quality, information technology, workforce, emergency readiness, affordability and care management. AHA's specific Advocacy Agenda for 2005 includes goals for protecting the health care safety net; increasing affordability; and improving care. Click here to view the full Advocacy Agenda.
Upcoming AHA and Health Forum Events
Washington Insights, July 22 -Hear the latest developments in the federal legislative and regulatory arena from AHA senior staff, including the outlook for hospitals and health care providers in the budget process. Hosted by Rick Pollack and Barbara Lorsbach. July 22, 2 pm Eastern, 800-853-3893, Passcode: DC UPDATE. Call open to all AHA Associate members.
Health Forum Leadership Summit, July 28-30 -The AHA and Health Forum present the largest and most important health care strategy meeting in the country at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The Summit draws more than 1,200 senior executives who come to discuss leadership challenges and opportunities facing health care. They also honor and recognize the health care professionals who have played important roles in their hospitals and health systems. Keynote speakers include Stephen R. Covey, Newt Gingrich, Jennifer James, David B. Nash, James E. Orlikoff and Roger W. Raber. For more information, or to register for the Summit, click here.
Health Care Trends: CEO Perspectives, September 9 -Join Barbara Lorsbach, AHA Senior Vice President for Member Relations, as she shares trends in the hospital field and current challenges and opportunities facing hospital CEOs . This call is for AHA Associate Advantage members only.
From the AHA Resource Center: Finding Health Statistics on the Web
Two annual publications from the federal government are rich resources of statistics compiled from numerous government agencies and trade/professional associations.
One is Health, United States, 2004 from the National Center for Health Statistics at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm. This publication provides over 500 pages of trend data on ambulatory care, inpatient care, determinants and measures of health, health personnel, health facilities, national and state health expenditures, and health care coverage and major federal programs. Each year the report features an accompanying chartbook with a particular focus. This year’s chartbook focuses on trends in the health of Americans with a special feature on drugs, while previous chartbooks [still available on the web] have covered topics such as adolescent health and aging and health.
Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004-2005, from the U.S. Census Bureau is the second publication. Both the current and earlier editions are available on the web at http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-04.html. The Statistical Abstract includes not only health statistics but also data on population; education; law enforcement; social insurance and human services; labor force, employment, and earnings; construction; energy; foreign commerce; transportation; prices; industrial outlook; and much more.
Both publications can be printed or downloaded as well as viewed online. Each of these free resources is a great starting point when you’re looking for health statistics.
When you need help locating information, contact the AHA Resource Center at 312-422-2050 or email@example.com.
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