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Call for VITAL2015 proposals!
VITAL2015, the annual conference of America’s Essential Hospitals, is the premier event for health care leaders from across the country to discuss crucial issues that impact their patients and communities. Submit your proposals by Nov. 14!

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Just added: CDC and NC Division of Public Health videos on donning and doffing personal protective equipment

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Online course for recording patient-reported race, ethnicity, and language preferences believed to be the first of its kind for hospital registration staff

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These two prominent social factors directly affect health outcomes. Essential hospitals are supporting patients in these areas with PCMHs, medical respite programs, and employment and housing programs.

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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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A patient advisory board for Spanish-speaking patients at the San Francisco General Hospital Family Health and Urgent Care Center played a key role in bridging gaps in health care delivery for the Center's Hispanic/Latino patients.

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Though the payment bump has reportedly increased access to care in some states, it appears unlikely that this ACA provision will be extended beyond 2014.

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce called members back from recess for a hearing to assess the U.S. public health response to Ebola.

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Drawing on lessons from its Family Health Center, San Francisco General Hospital recommends targeted recruitment, supportive staff liaisons, regular meetings, incentives, and recognition to ensure success when creating patient advisory boards.

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The association advocates for a modification of the direct pay prohibition to allow states to pursue public policy goals while implementing Medicaid Managed Care

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The funding will be allocated to up to 75 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to bring better care coordination to rural and underserved areas.

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While Congress is in recess, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing addressing the U.S. public health response to Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, and other U.S. public health officials will testify.

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HHC has worked with the Afya Foundation since 2008 to donate used and unused medical supplies and equipment to countries struck by natural disaster.

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Eligible professionals and hospitals can claim a hardship exception for not demonstrating meaningful use of CEHRT. Applications are due Nov. 30.

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Recent journal articles explore socioeconomic status, accountable care organizations, and other issues relevant to essential hospitals.

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Latest critique of 340B disappoints with fiction and unsupported assertions, rather than the plain facts of this important program for the vulnerable

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Hospitals will be chosen for pre and postpayment audits at random or through a risk profile. CMS encourages hospitals to keep data for six years.

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What impact has section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act, also know as the primary care bump, had on your hospital?

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OIG finds state standards for access to care for Medicaid managed care beneficiaries vary widely. OIG recommends stronger CMS oversight and more state accountability.

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The association and eight other organizations expressed concern that new protocols for disposing of controlled substances will adversely affect hospitals.

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Jacobi Medical Center implements multiple proven solutions and systemwide communication to reduce CAUTIs

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CMS clarifies that for measure 2 of the summary of care objective, transitions of care involving a third party can be used when certain requirements are met.

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The national provider call will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 – 3 pm ET.

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America's Essential Hospitals asks CMS to finalize a 2011 proposed rule on equal access, with modifications to address the link between provider reimbursement and access.

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Food insecurity may be the most significant social determinant of health for essential hospital patients. Read how BMC is prioritizing this issue.

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Webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, 1 – 2 pm ET. Registration is required.

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death, and the burden is only growing. Today, on World Heart Day, we know that CVD is responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year and is projected to cause 23 million deaths per year by 2030. To raise awareness and promote discussion for solutions, the

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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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