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Sep 1, 2022
A new Kaufman Hall analysis noted that U.S. hospitals and health systems are experiencing some of the worst margins since the beginning of the pandemic, and 2022 continues to be on pace to be the worst year of the pandemic in terms of financial performance. Expenses remain at historic highs, leaving hospitals with cumulatively negative margins.
Aug 30, 2022
Learn how hospital and health system leaders such as Mohiedean Ghofrani, M.D., system medical director for laboratory services, PeaceHealth, are implementing laboratory stewardship programs to track patterns in test ordering compared to accepted guidelines to help identify gaps in care.
Aug 30, 2022
The AHA last week encouraged the Bureau of Land Management to work with the Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to assist in taking steps to protect access to helium prior to executing the final sale of the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo, Texas.
Aug 30, 2022
In an op-ed piece for Fierce Healthcare this past weekend, Stacey Hughes, AHA’s executive vice president for government relations and public policy, urged Congress to step up to the plate and support hospitals amid unprecedented fiscal challenges, including escalating costs and workforce issues, each compounded by inflation and the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Aug 26, 2022
New AHA-supported legislation was introduced today by Reps. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., and Terri Sewell, D-Ala., to extend the Medicare-dependent hospital program and low-volume hospital adjustment, which both serve as critical lifelines for rural hospitals. The Assistance for Rural Community Hospitals (ARCH) Act would extend each for five years. In its letter of support to the sponsors of the ARCH Act, AHA highlighted rural hospitals’ important roles in the communities they serve and the bill’s ability to support these efforts.
Aug 26, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday provided an update on the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device system.
Aug 26, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized an indefinite delay in the start date of its radiation oncology model, according to a final rule published yesterday.
Aug 26, 2022
AHA, in comments today to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, voiced support for the agency’s new rural emergency hospital designation, particularly its potential value in the area of maternal health. “It is undeniable that access to maternal and child care services is lacking in certain areas of the country, including many rural communities,” AHA wrote.
Aug 25, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released a CMCS Informational Bulletin to remind states of existing federal guidance related to reimbursement of Ground Emergency Medical Transportation services in Medicaid.
Aug 25, 2022
The deadline to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified labs was extended through Sept. 26, according to the Federal Register.