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Beyond the Four Walls of the Hospital

Dec 15, 2014 || Maya Linson, MS

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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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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CMS, NAIC documents contain important health insurance marketplace provisions, including cost-sharing requirements. Comments due to CMS Dec. 22, to NAIC by Jan. 12, 2015.

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Legislation includes provisions on Ebola response funding, 340B Drug Pricing Program, children's hospital GME, and Health Centers Program

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The use of antiviral medications is especially important this season because the flu vaccine might be less effective against some versions of the virus.

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Congress must past spending legislation before Dec. 11, governors request CHIP funding extension, Cassidy defeats Landrieu.

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The second installment in this series, essential hospitals share strategies for overcoming cost, culture, and communication issues.

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The proposals seek to add flexibility for participants and encourage participants to assume more risk to be be rewarded with greater shared savings.

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The association extended the survey deadline to continue to gather information on members' uncompensated care post-ACA.

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Treatment centers together have 53 beds suitable for Ebola care, and more than 80 percent of travelers from Ebola-affected countries live within 200 miles of a center.

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Congress works to finalize several measures, including an omnibus spending package to extend federal funding. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will review CHIP.

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Preliminary estimates show that hospital patients experienced 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013.

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The association launched this survey Nov. 10 to capture the impact of the ACA coverage expansion on essential hospitals.

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CMS returns to a pre-2008 definition of uninsured that includes whether a patient is covered for a particular service, among other changes.

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Hospitals must prove meaningful use in 2014 to receive a 2014 incentive payment and avoid a 1 percent payment adjustment in 2016.

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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

Learn more about the name change »