News Feed https://www.aha.org/ en CMS approves another state request to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-07-01-cms-approves-another-state-request-extend-medicaid-postpartum-coverage <span class="title">CMS approves another state request to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 1, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-08/stock-mother-newborn-birth_900x400.jpg?itok=dj5dwpDg" width="900" height="400" alt="stock-mother-newborn-birth_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services June 30 <a href="https://email.advocacy.aha.org/NzEwLVpMTC02NTEAAAGFWVp8RH4yryCB3e69gQrTDOuRzAMnllnAaj9N8GmubWc270dl-ziX4LbmFVF7PpH7U1ZiQSQ=">approved</a> a state plan amendment allowing Washington state to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees under the American Rescue Plan Act. Washington joins 15 other states that have extended postpartum coverage since last year under the ARP or through a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration project.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/maternal-and-child-health" class="topic" hreflang="en">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:19:26 +0000 kpage_drupal 684441 at https://www.aha.org CDC issues guidance on reporting monkeypox test results; investigating listeria outbreak https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-07-01-cdc-issues-guidance-reporting-monkeypox-test-results-investigating <span class="title">CDC issues guidance on reporting monkeypox test results; investigating listeria outbreak</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 1, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2020-01/surgical-gown-900x400.jpg?itok=w63GdFYQ" width="900" height="400" alt="surgical gown" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention June 30 <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/lab-personnel/report-results.html?mkt_tok=NzEwLVpMTC02NTEAAAGFWVp8Rfs2j3ZcoOte_p3xcq5xV8z9a-arl_nAYNXr4tzzX6ZuSmFdEmvfHagchjWIutZ75v4w5vwsKA_3N3Q">released guidance</a> for all laboratories that perform diagnostics testing for monkeypox. The guidance covers what and how to report the patient’s test results to the health department where the patient resides.</p> <p><br /> In other news, the CDC <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/monocytogenes-06-22/details.html?mkt_tok=NzEwLVpMTC02NTEAAAGFWVp8RO8dar5qmlcqnUZf-dK4zIZgm3MSPf4C3Xx0Q3u1cCQgArBINkPQ_z83gpqeeiZQUI3xZGiielLVFS8">alerted</a> health care providers to a listeria outbreak that has infected at least 23 people since last January, including one death and 22 hospitalizations. Nearly all of the patients live in or traveled to Florida about one month before they got sick. The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified. CDC advises people at higher risk for severe listeria infection, such as pregnant people and those with weakened immune symptoms, to talk to their health care provider if they develop symptoms, especially if they recently traveled to Florida. Health care providers should report listeriosis illnesses to their health department.</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/monkeypox" class="topic" hreflang="en">Monkeypox</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:09:38 +0000 kpage_drupal 684440 at https://www.aha.org CMS updates guidance for long-term care facilities https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-07-01-cms-updates-guidance-long-term-care-facilities <span class="title">CMS updates guidance for long-term care facilities</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 1, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-02/ahatoday-parntering-population-health-900x400.jpg?itok=UfuZNx4a" width="900" height="400" alt="ahatoday-parntering-population-health-900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services June 29 <a href="https://www.cms.gov/medicareprovider-enrollment-and-certificationsurveycertificationgeninfopolicy-and-memos-states-and/revised-long-term-care-surveyor-guidance-revisions-surveyor-guidance-phases-2-3-arbitration?mkt_tok=NzEwLVpMTC02NTEAAAGFWVp8RZ0z4rsZxQIjOAXuaGEVVVsNnq3-31-4rWDRtmB4kZSUWZG5mFyBqNZH-88TC_svyT2_m0PosMXjzNI">updated its guidance</a> regarding certain regulatory requirements for long-term care facilities participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. As CMS prepares to propose minimum staffing levels for LTC facilities through rulemaking, the agency <a href="https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-issues-significant-updates-improve-safety-and-quality-care-long-term-care-residents-and-calls?mkt_tok=NzEwLVpMTC02NTEAAAGFWVp8RWt9fGv8XM00e8bf4VpsTGt3ANzC2dakGQHieFURXMvEoILhPDu19f88dJtkJhw8eNdcWXTBtqpbDLg">said</a> the guidance adds new requirements for surveyors to use staffing data submitted to CMS’s Payroll Based Journal to identify potential noncompliance with CMS nurse staffing requirements and identify insufficient staffing. CMS said the guidance also requires each facility to have an infection preventionist who has specialized training to oversee the facility’s infection prevention and control program; and clarifies requirements when facilities care for residents with mental health or substance use disorders.</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/medicare" class="topic" hreflang="en">Medicare</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:05:01 +0000 kpage_drupal 684439 at https://www.aha.org Agencies alert private sector to ransomware threat https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-30-agencies-alert-private-sector-ransomware-threat <span class="title">Agencies alert private sector to ransomware threat</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-07/cybersecurity-hand-lock-graphic_900x400.jpg?itok=ADdZmo2Y" width="900" height="400" alt="cybersecurity-hand-lock-graphic_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of the Treasury, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network <a href="https://www.aha.org/cybersecurity-government-intelligence-reports/2022-06-30-joint-cyber-advisory-tlp-white">today urged</a> organizations to take certain actions to protect their networks from MedusaLocker ransomware, which uses vulnerabilities in the Remote Desktop Protocol to access victims’ networks and encrypt their data.</p> <p>John Riggi, AHA’s National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, said, “This joint agency advisory contains very detailed and actionable indictors of compromise. The advisory also highlights the danger of unsecured remote desktop protocol and phishing emails as the initial attack vector. The ‘ransomware as a service’ business model used by the MedusaLocker gang facilitates the continuing global proliferation of ransomware — even by relatively unsophisticated cyber actors. It is strongly recommended that organizations continue to emphasize phishing email education for staff, exercise cyber incident response plans, and ensure the segregation and security of network and data backups, among the many helpful risk mitigation recommendations contained in the advisory.”&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on this or other cybersecurity and risk topics, contact Riggi at <a href="http://jriggi@aha.org">jriggi@aha.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/cybersecurity" class="topic" hreflang="en">Cybersecurity</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:45:53 +0000 kpage_drupal 684431 at https://www.aha.org House committee passes HHS appropriations bill for FY 2023 https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-30-house-committee-passes-hhs-appropriations-bill-fy-2023 <span class="title">House committee passes HHS appropriations bill for FY 2023</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-03/capitol%20hill%20900x400.jpg?itok=HD7Q8vEA" width="900" height="400" alt="capitol hill 900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The House Appropriations Committee today voted 32-24 <a href="https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20220623/114920/BILLS-117--AP--LaborHHS.pdf">to approve legislation</a> that would provide $242.1 billion in funding for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in fiscal year 2023, a 13% increase over the prior fiscal year.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2023-labor-health-and-human">a committee summary</a>, the bill would provide $124.2 billion for HHS, $15.6 billion more than the FY 2022 enacted level but slightly below the president’s request. Specific increases over FY 2022 include:&nbsp;</p> <p>•&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$2.5 billion more for the National Institutes of Health, including $100 million more for health disparities research;&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$500 million more for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, including a $30 million increase for the Hospital Preparedness Program;&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$2.6 billion more for the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration;&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$2 billion more for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including $45 million more for public health workforce initiatives and $92 million more for social determinants of health;&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$683 million more for the Health Resources and Services Administration, including increases of $132 million for the behavioral health workforce and $44 million more for nursing workforce development;&nbsp;<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$872.7 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, $125 million more than the previous fiscal year; and<br /> •&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;$92 million more for Social Determinants Accelerator Grants.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program would receive $385 million in funding and rural health programs would receive $331 million, including increases for rural hospitals. The bill also provides $25 million to develop and disseminate best practices for Preventing Burnout in the Health Workforce as part of funding the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. &nbsp;</p> <p>Notably, the HHS report language would urge the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services to evaluate several aspects of the Medicare Advantage program that are important to hospitals and health systems. Specifically, Congress would urge CMS to assess MA enrollees’ access to long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and substance use services, including by looking at MA plan prior authorization policies and network adequacy. In addition, the report encourages CMS to examine potential MA plan overpayments with a particular focus on risk adjustment.</p> <p>The full House is expected to consider the bill in July. &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/legislative" class="topic" hreflang="en">Legislative</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:42:02 +0000 kpage_drupal 684430 at https://www.aha.org Administration secures 105M doses of omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine  https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-30-administration-secures-105m-doses-omicron-specific-covid-19-vaccine <span class="title">Administration secures 105M doses of omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine </span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-02/stock-injection-needle_900x400.jpg?itok=dvwfMoaF" width="900" height="400" alt="stock-injection-needle_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The departments of Health and Human Services and Defense <a href="https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/06/29/biden-harris-administration-secures-105-million-doses-of-pfizers-latest-covid-19-vaccine-for-fall-vaccination-campaign.html">yesterday announced</a>&nbsp;an agreement to purchase at least 105 million doses of a Pfizer omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine for use this fall if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the vaccine. An FDA advisory committee this week recommended including an omicron component in COVID-19 vaccine boosters beginning this fall. HHS said the $3.2-billion contract with Pfizer includes a combination of adult and pediatric doses, with a portion of the adult doses provided as single-dose vials, a first for COVID-19 vaccines.</p> <p>“HHS has been working with vaccine manufacturers to offer single-dose vials as an option to minimize instances of wastage,” <a href="https://www.defense.gov/News/Releases/Release/Article/3079200/biden-harris-administration-secures-more-than-100-million-doses-of-pfizers-late/">the agencies said.</a> “Pending FDA authorization of the vaccine and a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS could expect to receive first deliveries of the new vaccine in the early fall.”</p> <p>Peter Marks, M.D., director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, <a href="https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-recommends-inclusion-omicron-ba45-component-covid-19-vaccine-booster">today said</a> FDA has advised manufacturers seeking to update their COVID-19 vaccines to add an omicron BA.4/5 component to their current vaccine to create a booster for potential use this fall.</p> <p>“As we expect this coming year to be a transitional period when this modified booster vaccine may be introduced, we have not advised manufacturers to change the vaccine for primary vaccination, since a primary series with the FDA-authorized and approved COVID-19 vaccines provides a base of protection against serious outcomes of COVID-19 caused by circulating strains of SARS-CoV-2,” he said.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-vaccines-and-therapeutics" class="topic" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Vaccines and Therapeutics</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:38:36 +0000 kpage_drupal 684429 at https://www.aha.org HHS reopens voluntary pledge initiative to reduce health sector emissions https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-30-hhs-reopens-voluntary-pledge-initiative-reduce-health-sector-emissions <span class="title">HHS reopens voluntary pledge initiative to reduce health sector emissions</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-03/capitol%20hill%20900x400.jpg?itok=HD7Q8vEA" width="900" height="400" alt="capitol hill 900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Department of Health and Human Services has reopened&nbsp;to new signatories until <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/climate-change-health-equity-environmental-justice/climate-change-health-equity/actions/health-care-sector-pledge/index.html">Oct. 28</a> the agency's voluntary initiative for health sector organizations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to new signatories until Oct. 28, which includes a webinar series and other resources for participants. <a href="https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-04-22-hhs-launches-voluntary-pledge-initiative-reduce-health-sector-emissions">Announced&nbsp;in April</a>, the initiative asked organizations to sign by June 3 a pledge to halve their emissions by 2030, among other actions. At a White House event today, the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/30/fact-sheet-health-sector-leaders-join-biden-administrations-pledge-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-50-by-2030/">Administration said</a>&nbsp;the current 61 signers include organizations representing 650 hospitals.</p> <p>AHA is a member of the <a href="http://nam.edu/programs/climate-change-and-human-health/action-collaborative-on-decarbonizing-the-u-s-health-sector/">National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector</a>, a public-private partnership launched in 2021.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/environmental-trends" class="topic" hreflang="en">Environmental Trends</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:33:06 +0000 kpage_drupal 684428 at https://www.aha.org Webinar July 14 on victim-centric response to mass violence incidents  https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-30-webinar-july-14-victim-centric-response-mass-violence-incidents <span class="title">Webinar July 14 on victim-centric response to mass violence incidents </span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2019-09/stock-meeting-presenter-question-900x400.jpg?itok=k_31Ttuf" width="900" height="400" alt="meeting presentation question discussion" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Justice Department’s National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center will host a July 14 Town Hall webinar on victim-centric response to mass violence, which will also feature speakers from the Office for Victims of Crime, FBI and American Red Cross. The webinar will identify effective strategies to assess and address the needs of mass violence victims, survivors and community members. <a href="https://musccom.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qT1fjkgiQc692eJD1A9oUw">Register here</a>. AHA is a principal partner of the NMVVRC, established by a grant from the Justice Department.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/mass-violence" class="topic" hreflang="en">Mass Violence</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:21:36 +0000 kpage_drupal 684425 at https://www.aha.org America Remains a Land of Hope, Opportunity and Promise https://www.aha.org/news/perspective/2022-06-30-america-remains-land-hope-opportunity-and-promise <span class="title">America Remains a Land of Hope, Opportunity and Promise </span> <span class="uid"><span>dsamuels_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 30, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2022-04/AT-Rick-Pollack-Perspective-2022-News-900x400.jpg?itok=Dw4dAgPT" width="900" height="400" alt="Rick Pollack, American Hospital Association CEO and President standing in front of United States flag and the AHA seal." loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>After months of hot debate and strenuous give-and-take, 38 delegates signed the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787. When asked by a curious citizen just what kind of government had been structured by the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin is said to have answered: “a Republic, if you can keep it.”</p> <p>Franklin knew from the start that this unique model of governance, untried and untested anywhere else in the world at that point, was not a slam dunk. It rested on lofty ideals of freedom, democracy and trust. But then, as now, all forms of government are ultimately tested by human imperfection.</p> <p>For many people, the events of the past few years may raise the question again of whether Americans can “keep” the promising republic bequeathed to us 235 years ago.</p> <p>We have faced a worldwide pandemic, racial and economic division, sharply polarized politics, and numerous acts of devastating violence. It can sometimes be hard to recall the innocence and optimism of long ago.</p> <p>But as health care providers, we have a special calling to do our best to heal and nurture minds and spirits as well as bodies.</p> <p>For many patients who are injured, sick or in need of care, hospitals and health care workers embody the best in human nature … as they always have. Health care workers are the front-line angels, the reminder of the good that comes when people set aside differences to recognize their common humanity and care for one another.</p> <p>This Fourth of July, it’s worth recalling that despite the difficult times we have faced recently, America remains a land of hope, opportunity and promise. Our aspirations are more powerful than our divisions.</p> <p>As we celebrate our national birthday on Monday, let’s remember that it is still within our power – every one of us – to work together and realize the American dream that was forged in Philadelphia so many years ago.</p> <p>The American Hospital Association extends best wishes to all our members and their families for a safe and happy July Fourth.</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA</span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/access-health-coverage" class="topic" hreflang="en">Access &amp; Health Coverage</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Perspective</div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:09:17 +0000 dsamuels_drupal 684380 at https://www.aha.org Agencies extend shelf life for two COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies  https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-29-agencies-extend-shelf-life-two-covid-19-monoclonal-antibody-therapies <span class="title">Agencies extend shelf life for two COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies </span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-12/doctor-covid-iv-mask-900x400.jpg?itok=W_sYVnac" width="900" height="400" alt="Nurse" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Food and Drug Administration this week extended the shelf life for certain refrigerated lots of the COVID-19 combination monoclonal antibody therapies <a href="https://aspr.hhs.gov/COVID-19/Therapeutics/updates/Pages/important-update-27June2022.aspx">REGEN-COV</a> and <a href="https://aspr.hhs.gov/COVID-19/Therapeutics/updates/Pages/important-update-28June2022.aspx">Evusheld</a>. They extended the shelf life for REGEN-COV from 24 months to 30 months and the shelf life for Evusheld from 18 months to 24 months. FDA last year authorized the therapies for emergency use to prevent COVID-19 in certain adults and children. REGEN-COV is not currently authorized in any U.S. region because it is unlikely to be effective against the omicron variant and subvariants.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-vaccines-and-therapeutics" class="topic" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Vaccines and Therapeutics</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:20:56 +0000 kpage_drupal 684393 at https://www.aha.org White House announces monkeypox vaccine strategy https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-29-white-house-announces-monkeypox-vaccine-strategy <span class="title">White House announces monkeypox vaccine strategy</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-02/stock-injection-needle_900x400.jpg?itok=dvwfMoaF" width="900" height="400" alt="stock-injection-needle_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>&nbsp;The Administration plans to immediately allocate 56,000 doses of JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile to states and territories for individuals with presumed or confirmed exposure to the virus, prioritizing jurisdictions with the highest cases and population at risk, the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/06/28/fact-sheet-biden-harris-administrations-monkeypox-outbreak-response/">White House announced</a>&nbsp;last night. The Administration previously limited the vaccine to those with confirmed exposure.</p> <p>Under the change, eligible individuals include people who had close physical contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox, and men who have sex with men and recently had multiple sex partners in a venue or area where monkeypox is spreading, the White House said. The Department of Health and Human Services expects to receive 1.6 million doses of the two-dose vaccine this year. States and territories also may request the ACAM2000 smallpox vaccine to <a href="https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/acam2000-smallpox-vaccine-questions-and-answers">vaccinate certain individuals</a> at risk of monkeypox infection under an expanded access investigational new drug protocol sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.&nbsp;</p> <p>CDC <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0628-monkeypox-eoc.html">yesterday activated</a>&nbsp;its Emergency Operations Center to monitor and coordinate the emergency response to monkeypox and mobilize additional CDC personnel and resources. The agency has expanded testing capacity for the virus since May 18, when the first U.S. case in the global outbreak was confirmed, to include up to 78 state public health laboratories and five commercial laboratory companies. As of June 28, 306 U.S. monkeypox cases <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html">have been reported.</a> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/monkeypox" class="topic" hreflang="en">Monkeypox</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:00:19 +0000 kpage_drupal 684392 at https://www.aha.org GE Healthcare recalls ventilator backup batteries due to failure risk https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-29-ge-healthcare-recalls-ventilator-backup-batteries-due-failure-risk <span class="title">GE Healthcare recalls ventilator backup batteries due to failure risk</span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-09/in-the-news-900x400.jpg?itok=brqnSxgt" width="900" height="400" alt="In the News Section" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>GE Healthcare <a href="https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-recalls/ge-healthcare-recalls-carescape-r860-ventilator-due-early-failure-backup-batteries-may-cause">is recalling</a>&nbsp;4,222 backup batteries for its CARESCAPE R860 ventilator in the United States because the batteries may fail before expected, which could cause ventilation to stop if the ventilator is running on battery power only. The Food and Drug Administration has identified this as a Class 1 recall due to the potential for serious injury or death.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/products" class="topic" hreflang="en">Products</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:49:11 +0000 kpage_drupal 684391 at https://www.aha.org Hospital groups urge appeals court to uphold 340B requirements in contract pharmacy case  https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-29-hospital-groups-urge-appeals-court-uphold-340b-requirements-contract <span class="title">Hospital groups urge appeals court to uphold 340B requirements in contract pharmacy case </span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-02/stock-prescription-pill-bottle_900x400.jpg?itok=8B37Rq2o" width="900" height="400" alt="stock-prescription-pill-bottle_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The AHA, 340B Health, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Children’s Hospital Association yesterday filed a <a href="https://www.aha.org/amicus-brief/2022-06-29-amicus-brief-hospital-groups-urge-appeals-court-uphold-340b-requirements">friend-of-the-court brief</a> urging the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to require drug companies to fulfill their legal obligations to provide 340B discounted drugs to eligible hospitals and health systems, regardless of whether the drugs are dispensed on site or through contract pharmacies.  &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> HHS last year sent violation letters to AstraZeneca and five other pharmaceutical companies for refusing to provide 340B discounts for drugs dispensed through contract pharmacies. The hospital groups told the court they agree with HHS’s arguments regarding the 340B statute’s meaning, the agency’s authority to enforce it, and the propriety of HHS’s violation letters. The organizations also elaborate on certain issues not already addressed in their recent <a href="https://www.aha.org/amicus-brief/2022-05-17-sanofi-aventis-us-v-hhs-et-al-re-340b">friend-of-the-court brief</a>&nbsp;responding to Novo Nordisk and Sanofi appeals challenging the HHS letters.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/340b" class="topic" hreflang="en">340B</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:44:52 +0000 kpage_drupal 684390 at https://www.aha.org Podcast: Navigating the nation’s infant formula shortage  https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2022-06-29-podcast-navigating-nations-infant-formula-shortage <span class="title">Podcast: Navigating the nation’s infant formula shortage </span> <span class="uid"><span>kpage_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2018-08/stock-mother-newborn-birth_900x400.jpg?itok=dj5dwpDg" width="900" height="400" alt="stock-mother-newborn-birth_900x400" loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>In this Advancing Health podcast, Priya Bathija, AHA’s vice president of strategic initiatives, sits down with leaders from ChristianaCare and Omaha-based Children’s Hospital &amp; Medical Center to discuss the ongoing infant formula shortage, including ways their organizations educated and worked with families to identify alternate formula options and mitigated misinformation.<a href="https://www.aha.org/advancing-health-podcast/2022-06-29-navigating-nations-infant-formula-shortage?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=aha-today"> LISTEN HERE</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/maternal-and-child-health" class="topic" hreflang="en">Maternal and Child Health</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Headline</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:41:27 +0000 kpage_drupal 684389 at https://www.aha.org 3 Big Ideas to Transform Health Care https://www.aha.org/news/healthcareinnovation-thursday-blog/2022-06-09-3-big-ideas-transform-health-care <span class="title">3 Big Ideas to Transform Health Care</span> <span class="uid"><span>oronen_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2022</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2022-06/lindsey-dunn-900x400.jpg?itok=2fWqwoAR" width="900" height="400" alt="Poster image of Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler, Vice President of Programming and Intelligence at AHA. " loading="lazy" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p><img alt="#healthcareinnovation Thursday" src="/sites/default/files/2019-11/innovation-blog-banner-900.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 15px; max-width: 33%; margin-top: 6px" /></p> <p>Recently, nearly 1,000 health care leaders and changemakers convened at <a href="https://www.aspenideas.org/attend/health">Aspen Ideas: Health</a>, part of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival, to explore health care’s biggest challenges and debate possible solutions. The event, which the AHA supports, offers a unique opportunity to turn ideas into action and create pathways toward better health for all.</p> <p>The festival also gives visibility to emerging ideas with the potential for a big impact on health. Here are three that stood out.</p> <h4>1. Patients reach the digital front door to health care earlier than we think.</h4> <p>Many hospitals and health systems have increased their attention on the digital front door — a term that encompasses the various, digitally enabled ways a patient might access care. Efforts are underway at many organizations to enable and ease online appointment booking or other information that helps direct patients to the right care at the right time.</p> <p>While these are important improvements that expand access and increase convenience, three-quarters of all people go to the internet for health information before entering the health care system, said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., Google’s chief health officer.</p> <p>The most successful health care providers recognize the opportunity to move patients from “Dr. Google” to the appropriate care site in a seamless way.</p> <h4>2. Embrace the robots.</h4> <p>Robotics in health care have been around for decades, but the next generation of robots and cobots, or collaborative robots, on display at the festival showed great promise for solving problems facing both patients and clinicians.</p> <p>Pepper, a robot developed at a University of Minnesota–Duluth (UMD) lab, helps older adult patients with social and cognitive engagement. Arshia Khan, UMD computer science professor, and her students programmed the robot to serve as a personal caregiver assistant for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.</p> <p>Pepper loves a good conversation and even tells jokes — a top request among residents in the nursing home where she was first tested. The robot is equipped with camera sensors that allow it to detect a patient’s facial expressions, voice tone and physical movements. It is programmed to guide patients through reminiscence therapy and can teach yoga and tai chi.</p> <p>ChristianaCare is piloting a cobot called Moxi that works alongside nurses to take on tasks that can be automated, such as fetching supplies. Designed by two female robotics experts at Diligent Robotics, Moxi is the first in-production robot that uses artificial intelligence and continuously adapts to changes in hospital workflows by learning from the humans with whom it interacts. After just seven weeks, the two Moxis deployed at ChristianaCare have saved nurses an estimated 600 hours of work, said Janice Nevin, M.D., president and CEO.</p> <p>While the deployment of robots to aid patients or staff is in its early phases, the use cases illustrate the possibility of augmenting the strained health care workforce while freeing up humans to practice at the top of their licenses.</p> <h4>3. Replace transactional care with longitudinal relationships.</h4> <p>Current health care delivery modes are “fundamentally designed to capture failures of chronic care,” said Omar Lateef, D.O., president and CEO, Rush and Rush University Medical Center, at an AHA-convened panel on the future of care delivery. Instead, care should be reimbursed based on outcomes and preventing the exacerbation of chronic disease.</p> <p>To achieve that model of care, clinicians — and the entire ecosystem around them — would focus first on human-to-human relationships over time and not on “visits.” Technology could support and enhance those relationships but, first and foremost, value must be placed on the relationship between patient and provider.</p> <p>Through these relationships — and aided by tech — patients could better navigate available resources to address the social determinants that impact overall health more significantly than clinical care.</p> <p><i>Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler is vice president, programming and Intelligence, for the AHA Center for Health Innovation </i>.</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler</span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/telehealth" hreflang="en">Telehealth</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">#HealthCareInnovation Thursday Blog</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:00:29 +0000 oronen_drupal 684388 at https://www.aha.org