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Advisory Items 1 - 5 of 13

Final Rule on Patients Access to Test Reports: Amends CLIA Program and HIPAA Privacy Rule

April 09, 2014

CMS, the CDC, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights published in the Feb. 6 Federal Register a final rule under which patients can gain direct access to laboratory test reports, upon their request. Learn More

CMS Interim Final Rule: Premium Subsidies

April 08, 2014

CMS recently released an interim final rule requiring issuers of qualified health plans (QHPs) to accept premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of enrollees by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, other Federal and State government programs that provide premium and cost-sharing support for specific individuals, and Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian Organizations. Learn More

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

April 01, 2014

Passed by the Senate on March 31, President Obama is expected to sign into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). Learn More

NQF Panel Supports Adjustment of Measures for Sociodemographic Issues

March 21, 2014

On March 18, a National Quality Forum expert panel released draft recommendations for adjusting health care performance measures to account for sociodemographic factors, such as education, race/ethnicity and/or homelessness. AHA members have the opportunity to submit comments to NQF on the draft report. Learn More

IV Fluid Shortages: Strategies for Conservation

March 20, 2014

In recent months, hospitals and health care systems have experienced shortages of normal saline and other intravenous (IV) fluids that are critical to patient care. Learn More

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