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Gage Awards 2015
Applications are now open for our 2015 Gage Awards. Apply today to showcase your successful quality improvement or population health program.

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Register for Fall Policy Assembly!
Join us Dec. 8 and 9, in Washington, DC, at our fall Policy Assembly, and learn about the changing landscape for health care policy in the new Congress. Speakers include Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and Diane Rowland, chair of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission.

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Association researcher Janelle Schrag explores insights from APHA's annual meeting, which targeted neighborhood factors as important health indicators.

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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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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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New association policy brief describes how cost-sharing assistance by hospitals helps vulnerable patients afford health insurance marketplace coverage and access vital health care services

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Impact of president's recent action on immigration could complicate congressional passage of FY 2015 spending bill; leadership changes progress for key health committees in House, Senate

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Just added: CMS memorandum on EMTALA requirements and implications related to Ebola; guidance on handling Ebola-related sewage

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FAQ clarifies that qualifying summary of care documentation may be transmitted through a third party, as long as it is created using CEHRT and transmitted through CEHRT capabilities or using an eHealth Exchange participant

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Obama's executive action offers new opportunities for immigrants to live and work in the United States, but no relief for lack of health care coverage

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With health care activity quiet, incoming House freshman orientation is under way, and Ebola hearings in both chambers continue.

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The principles highlight the generally agreed-upon elements of current evidence-based diabetes care, including management and prevention.

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The commission seeks input on which groups of children would be most affected if CHIP expires and potential policy options through the marketplaces.

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Previously, HRSA submitted a comprehensive proposed rule to OMB on 340B issues, but a subsequent court ruling called into question the agency's authority to issue a rule.

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HHS notes that HIPAA patient privacy provisions still apply during public health emergencies, though HHS secretary can waive specified provisions in certain circumstances.

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Educational materials and tools, available in English and Spanish, detail coverage options, enrollment deadlines, and other aspects of coverage under the ACA.

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Lame duck session starts this week, will cover federal funding legislation, which may include funding for Ebola and defense. Association testified on behalf of its members regarding Ebola.

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A recent Health Affairs article explores how Hennepin Health uses ACO savings from decreased ED visits, better primary care to help the homeless, mentally ill.

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Essential hospitals face barriers in providing care to immigrant populations. They must find unique ways to address the complexity surrounding immigration status for their patients.

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The survey aims to capture the impact of ACA coverage expansion and add to association advocacy efforts with timely information on members' uncompensated care.

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Topics of member interest include payment updates, the OQR Program, and the MSSP.

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After eight years in the Senate minority, Republicans will take control of the chamber in 2015, with at least 52 seats. The elections also resulted in at least 61 new members being elected to Congress, providing a valuable opportunity for essential hospitals to educate new lawmakers.

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Oral arguments for this case are scheduled to begin Dec. 17.

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The rules, released Oct. 31, finalized a number of provisions regarding payments, data collection in outpatient departments, quality programs, and the MSSP.

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Essential hospitals share strategies for overcoming siloes between behavioral health and physical health care.

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Multiple exceptions are proposed to the fraud and abuse regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid, including changes to the definition of "remuneration" in the CMP regulations and codification of the gainsharing CMP.

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The rule does not apply to unused portions of drugs given to patients in a hospital, but rather unused drugs from patients’ homes. Hospitals have until Nov. 8 to comply with DEA regulations.

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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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