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Feb 22, 2018
Thirty-five state and regional hospital associations today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse a district court decision and grant a preliminary injunction to stop a nearly 30% Medicare payment reduction for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program…
Feb 20, 2018
The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury today issued a proposed rule that would allow consumers to buy short-term health plans of up to 364-days duration, eliminating the current less-than-three-months limit on short-term plans. Short-term, limited-duration plans…
Feb 20, 2018
Responding to a request from Senate Finance Committee leaders for policy recommendations to address the opioid epidemic, AHA urged the committee Friday to preserve health insurance coverage through the exchanges and Medicaid, which provide substance use disorder treatment benefits for a substantial…
Jan 17, 2018
The AHA, joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and America's Essential Hospitals, today urged a federal appeals court to expedite their appeal of a lower court’s December dismissal of the groups’ lawsuit that sought to prevent Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the…
Jan 17, 2018
A report released today by the AHA offers state-level strategies to help stabilize the Health Insurance Marketplaces. “Given the unique characteristics of each state, there is no single option that would work for all states, and all of the options come with implementation hurdles,” the report…
Jan 10, 2018
President Trump today issued an executive order directing federal agencies to “use all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America,” including health care facilities. Among other actions, the order calls…
Jan 10, 2018
The AHA this week applauded the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s draft recommendation to provide positive updates for the inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems in 2019, noting the commission’s projection that the overall hospital Medicare margin will fall to negative 11% in…
Jan 9, 2018
The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and America's Essential Hospitals today formally notified the court of their intent to appeal the district court’s Dec. 29 decision dismissing the groups’ lawsuit that sought to prevent Medicare payment cuts for many…
Jan 5, 2018
The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s Threat Intelligence Committee today alerted the field to two newly identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities, called Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown affects all major operating systems running on machines with Intel chips made during the…
Jan 3, 2018
Individual clinicians and group practices participating in the Quality Payment Program can submit their 2017 performance data through March 31 at https://qpp.cms.gov/login, eliminating the need to submit the data on multiple websites, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced…