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Feb 14, 2020 by Rick Pollack
AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack discusses the current state of surprise medical billing legislation and the challenges that remain ahead before any proposals are finalized.
Feb 13, 2020 by Shannon Guzman
The AARP’s Livability Index acts as a useful tool for health care organizations and communities working on innovative, place-based solutions that improve health outcomes for all, writes Shannon Guzman, senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Feb 10, 2020 by Melinda L. Estes, M.D.
When physicians bring those same clinical skills and perspectives into leadership roles, it often leads to healthier patients and thriving hospitals and health systems. With that in mind, two years ago the AHA launched its AHA Physician Alliance to help hospitals more effectively partner with physicians.
Feb 7, 2020 by Rick Pollack
AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack provides perspective on Medicaid and details potential cuts to the program which threaten millions of America’s most vulnerable patients.
Feb 5, 2020 by Andy Shin
Health care can borrow from the startup playbook, embrace new mindsets and leverage the ingenuity and compassion that define our field’s connection to purpose, writes Andy Shin, chief operating officer for the AHA Center for Health Innovation.
Feb 3, 2020 by Jay Bhatt, D.O.
America’s hospitals and health systems stand ready to identify, isolate and treat those who may have been exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus.
Feb 3, 2020 by Melinda L. Estes, M.D.
Rural hospitals are community strongholds, serving as the key point of care for nearly 20% of Americans.
Feb 3, 2020 by Melinda Hatton, by Aaron Wesolowski, by Benjamin Finder
Hospital mergers are worth discussing, but too often the criticism is far from rigorous and is more like an echo chamber where critics cite those with whom they agree and ignore inconvenient facts that show how the hospital field continues provide quality care in their communities.
Jan 31, 2020 by Rick Pollack
American Hospital Association President and CEO Rick Pollack outlines the steps that leaders of hospitals and health systems should take to prepare for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Jan 31, 2020 by Melinda Hatton, by Aaron Wesolowski, by Benjamin Finder
Chief among the flaws in the most recent study on hospital consolidation published in the New England Journal of Medicine was that its conclusions were informed by preconceived notions of what the authors thought the data should show, which was then undermined further by the arbitrary choices made in comparing hospitals. Unfortunately, the media, once again, failed to closely examine the conclusions, in many instances exaggerating or misrepresenting the findings to manufacture attention-grabbing headlines.