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Jul 22, 2022 by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
we are deeply concerned that last week’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule would increase Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by just 2.7% in calendar year 2023 compared to 2022. Given the current historic rates of inflation and continued labor and supply cost pressures, a much higher update is warranted.
Jul 19, 2022 by Crysta Meekins
Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy or childbirth-related death than White women. The health and well-being of women on their maternal journey – before, during and after childbirth are critical aspects of equitable health care.
Jul 19, 2022 by Crysta Meekins
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed nations.
Jul 18, 2022 by Wayne Young
In 2020, Congress designated 988 as an easy to remember 3-digit dialing, texting, and chat code to assist people experiencing mental health and/or substance use emergencies. 988 will complement the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is currently answered by over 200 local crisis centers across the country.
Jul 15, 2022 by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
The AHA has been making the case to CMS urging it to adjust the market-basket update to account for the unprecedented inflationary environment hospitals and health systems are experiencing, and eliminate the productivity cut. We also have asked Congress to weigh in with the agency to make these changes in its final regulation.
Jul 15, 2022 by Akin Demehin
Recent reports have mischaracterized Medicare’s proposals to account for the impact of COVID-19 in its quality measurement programs as “hiding” important and useful patient safety data from the public.
Jul 15, 2022 by Priya Bathija
Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in tech-based approaches to improving maternal outcomes and the birthing journey.
Jul 14, 2022 by John Allison, by Akin Demehin
In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) overhauled the Hospital Overall Quality Star Ratings methodology with the expressed purpose of making ratings more transparent, equitable, stable and predictable.
Jul 13, 2022 by Mark Sevilla
This month we celebrate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, so it is appropriate that we consider the impact of our words as we work to reduce the stigma around mental health issues.
Jul 11, 2022 by Wright L. Lassiter III, Chair, American Hospital Association
One demographic in the U.S. that has been constant in recent years is the aging of the population.