Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities

Feb 2, 2018
This is a compendium of case examples of AHA members from across the country employing the nine emerging strategies recommended by the association’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities.
Nov 16, 2016
Millions of Americans living in vulnerable rural and urban communities depend upon their hospital as an important, and often only, source of care. However, these communities and their hospitals face many challenges. As the hospital field engages in its most significant transformation to date…
Sep 18, 2018
Oregon’s hospitals are again spending more on charity care despite having one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the country, according to a report released by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Median charity care as a percentage of total charges increased from 1.1…
Sep 18, 2018
The AHA Physician Alliance frames all resources and services within three fundamental values: Lead Well. Be Well. Care Well. Through our Five Questions with Clinician Leaders podcast, we regularly engage physician leaders on these three values. Below are samples of insights shared from fellow…
Sep 10, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration Friday approved a new dosage option for buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film, applied under the tongue as a maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. The medication-assisted treatment was approved through an abbreviated pathway under the Federal Food,…
Aug 23, 2018
Walmart and Anthem to sell reduced-cost Medicare Advantage plan drugs Walmart has partnered with another insurance company to offer reduced-cost prescription drugs. The retailer, which has a longstanding drug partnership with insurer Humana, has now announced a deal with health insurer Anthem to…
Aug 21, 2018
Mount Sinai Queens in New York City is learning how to better care for stroke victims via a remote expert; Bryan Health in Lincoln, Neb. is putting part of its emergency department online; and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. is bringing behavioral health care to children in…
Aug 2, 2018
(Pictured, above: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai) The Federal Communications Commission today agreed to seek comments for 30 days on creating a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program to support telehealth for low-income Americans, especially those living in rural areas and veterans. If established,…
Aug 2, 2018
Rural Hospital-Health Clinic Integration dl iconDownload the factsheet (PDF)   The AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities examined ways in which the access to and delivery of care could be improved. This strategy – focused on cooperation and collaboration through…
Aug 1, 2018
The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury today issued a final rule that will allow consumers to buy short-term health plans to provide coverage for up to 36 months. Insurers could sell plans with an initial coverage period of up to 12 months with the option to…