Medicare

Feb 9, 2018
The logjam broke this week when Congress passed a spending bill that included many important provisions that benefit the patients and communities we are privileged to serve each day. Importantly, the bill delays for two years cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, which are…
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 5, 2018
It’s a new year but Congress has some old business to attend to—including many critical hospital and health system priorities.  Both Houses of Congress will be back in session next week. Front and center is legislation to keep the government open past January 19. Also on Congress’ to-do list…
Feb 21, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship yesterday released the first in a four-part online training course on antibiotic stewardship. Additional segments will be released later this year. Completing the free training counts as an improvement activity under…
Feb 20, 2018
The American Hospital Association responds to the Senate Finance Committee’s request for policy recommendations to address the opioid epidemic.
View letter here. 
Feb 15, 2018
The AHA and three member hospitals today urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to require the Health and Human Services Secretary to clear the Medicare appeals backlog at the administrative law judge level within five years, as its earlier order in the case had required,…
Feb 15, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week held a Medicare Learning Network call on its new settlement option for health care providers with a low volume of appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and Medicare Appeals Council. Announced last November, the…
Feb 15, 2018
AHA comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information on its draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement as well as ONC’s draft U.S. Core Data for Interoperability document.
AHA's Comments Re: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement   AHA's Comments Re: ONC’s Draft U.S. Core Data for Interoperability  
Feb 14, 2018
The House Ways and Means Committee today held a hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services’ fiscal year 2019 budget request, at which HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified. The non-binding budget request proposes hundreds of billions of dollars in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid over 10…