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Justices weigh arguments for allowing providers to sue states over low payment rates - and I was there

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In a new policy brief, America's Essential Hospitals describes how billions of dollars in reductions to Medicaid and Medicare funding threaten care at essential hospitals.

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VCU Medical Center's cancer health literacy tool quickly identifies patients with limited knowledge of the disease and treatment.

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Obama delivers annual address; House considers an abortion ban, natural gas permits, and SGR; and Senate considers the Keystone Pipeline and definition of full time.

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CDC lists the Partnership for Patients, which includes the association's Essential Hospitals Engagement Network, among initiatives that have lowered the rate of health care-associated infections.

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Congress meets this week to pass Keystone Pipeline legislation and Homeland Security funding, considers immigration and veterans' mental health.

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A district court has granted a preliminary injunction restricting HHS and CMS from altering the hospital-specific DSH limit without following notice-and-comment procedures.

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Document, developed by association's policy advisory committee, demonstrates essential hospitals' commitment to and promotion of care equity, and supports risk adjustment for sociodemographic status in certain quality improvement measures

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The association submitted comments to CCIIO and NAIC calling for more robust standards for including ECPs in health insurance marketplaces.

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IRS issued a final rule for all 501(c)(3) certified charitable hospital organizations, detailing requirements for CHNAs, financial assistance policies, charge limitations, and collection practices.

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The six new members will serve three-year appointments, effective Jan. 1.

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Just added: CDC guidance to hospitals and other health care facilities on ensuring an adequate supply of personal protective equipment

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Congress convenes with a new Republican majority in the Senate. The House will vote on the ACA 40-hour work week, veterans legislation and the Keystone pipeline. The Senate will elect committee chairs.

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Final regulations are issued regarding the required community health needs assessment for charitable hospitals and the consequences for failing to satisfy the requirements.

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America's Essential Hospitals urged HHS to improve ECP standards in the marketplaces to ensure patients have access to quality, affordable health care.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urged MACPAC to support a four-year CHIP funding extension and during that time, evaluate the marketplaces' network adequacy, affordability, and covered benefits.

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Essential hospitals partner with local schools to foster healthy kids who can complete their education, leading to better health outcomes.

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Brief finds that hospitals with more than 400 beds, teaching hospitals, those treating complex patients, and essential hospitals more likely to receive penalties; no evidence that penalties align with outcomes

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UK Healthcare adopted a centralized approach to patient safety that promotes responsibility and commitment to continuous improvement.

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Final spending agreement averts government closure, but leaves some Democrats upset over easing of Wall Street regulation and school lunch health requirements

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Top issues include protecting Medicaid and Medicare from cuts, protecting the 340B program, and risk adjusting quality incentive program measures

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Using a collaborative approach, Alameda Health System's Highland Hospital reduced its Clostridium difficile rate due to antibiotic exposure by 68.2 percent between 2010 through the second quarter of 2014.

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Agency reverts to position recommended by America's Essential Hospitals to define uninsured status at the service level for purposes of calculating DSH payments; sets Dec. 31 as start of new policy

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Our new online magazine called Walls Down features emotional storytelling covering one core aspect of essential hospitals – the specialized, lifesaving services they provide, such as trauma care, neonatal intensive care, and disaster response.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, is the only national association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education for hospital leadership.

America’s Essential Hospitals was formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH). Carrying our mission since 1981 into today's health care era

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