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Jul 22, 2021
U.S. life expectancy fell by an average of 1.5 years in 2020 to 77.3 years, primarily due to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Jul 22, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminded states’ Medicaid agencies that the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge final rule is no longer in effect, and that they “may only share information about a Medicaid applicant or beneficiary when sharing that information is directly related to administration of the Medicaid state plan.”
Jul 22, 2021
Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., who cosponsored legislation that repealed the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for commercial health insurers, asked the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to update them by Aug. 4 on what their agencies have done to enforce the law.
Jul 22, 2021
The AHA Board of Trustees adopted a policy statement that supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, “with local factors and circumstances shaping whether and how these policies are implemented.”
Jul 21, 2021
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced two AHA-supported bills to enhance maternal health care quality and outcomes, including in rural areas.
Jul 21, 2021
Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Tom Cole, R-Okla., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., today launched the bipartisan Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus, which will highlight opportunities to coordinate federal investments in health and social drivers of health such as food, housing and transportation.
Jul 21, 2021
Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, yesterday reintroduced the Value in Health Care Act, AHA-supported legislation to strengthen Medicare’s value-based payment models and accountable care organizations.
Jul 21, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today advised clinicians in the Medicare Quality Payment Program who earned but did not receive an alternative payment model incentive payment in calendar year 2021 based on CY 2019 performance to update their billing information by Nov. 1 so it can disburse their payment.
Jul 20, 2021
Health care delivery organizations can apply through July 31 for the 2022 Foster G. McGaw Prize, sponsored by AHA and Baxter International Foundation to recognize innovative collaborations that improve the health and well-being of communities.
Jul 20, 2021
A federal grand jury has charged four individuals from a China-based group known as APT40 with targeting computer systems in the United States and abroad between 2011 and 2018 to steal trade secrets and confidential business information for the People’s Republic of China, including proprietary genetic-sequencing technology and data, and infectious-disease research related to Ebola, MERS, HIV/AIDS, Marburg and tularemia, the Department of Justice announced.