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The relentless tide of change in hospital policy and practice demands industry education that keeps pace. Get the answers you need at VITAL2015, America's Essential Hospitals' annual conference, June 24-26, in San Diego.

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Member characteristics data shows essential hospitals' commitment to vulnerable patients and communities with high-quality care, vital services

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Federally chartered, 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group will advise the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on care for 9 million veterans

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America's Essential Hospitals is conducting this member survey to capture the impact of the ACA coverage expansion on essential hospitals.

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Information suggests connection between infections and hospital consumption of Blue Bell ice cream products

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The rule includes provisions on several topics, including a payment update, Medicare disproportionate share hospital cuts, Medicare payment for short inpatient hospital stays, and the Readmissions Reduction Program.

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Medicaid and Medicare reform remain a part of budget discussions as Congress continues work toward bicameral budget resolution. Committees review opioid abuse and medical device tax.

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Letter emphasizes value of program to vulnerable patients and hospitals, and risk of harming care by limiting program access

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The funding opportunity will support navigators for up to three years in federally facilitated and state partnership health insurance marketplaces.

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The agency will grant funding to 10 community organizations, government agencies, or community groups to spread health information to community partners.

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The law also delays Medicaid DSH payment cuts for an additional year - until fiscal year 2018 - and extends CHIP funding for two years.

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CMS added five-star quality ratings based on the HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey to its Hospital Compare website.

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CMS proposes to extend an enhanced matching rate to states to help modernize and update their Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems.

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Association praises Congress and the administration for replacing broken SGR, delaying DSH cuts an additional year, and extending CHIP funding

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CMS suggested changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for 2015 through 2017 reporting, including reporting on a calendar year schedule, 90 day reporting periods, and uniform meaningful use objectives in 2015.

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America's Essential Hospitals President and CEO, other Partnership for Medicaid co-chairs, call partnership proposal the answer to lack of comprehensive, standardized reporting framework

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Congress will consider SGR legislation and a final budget resolution. Health committees will hold hearings on medical device tax, post acute care, Medicare appeals and audits, and the Affordable Care Act.

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Preliminary testing to include random, representative sample of 50 hospital outpatient departments, 50 ambulatory surgery centers

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The CDC has added a tool to the NHSN that will rank hospital facilities and units by HAI rate so staff can see areas most in need of help.

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America's Essential Hospitals president and CEO on Modern Healthcare list for fourth year in a row

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Beneficiaries of Medicaid alternative benefit plans, CHIP, and Medicaid managed care organizations would stand to benefit from more robust mental health and substance use care options.

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The final policy takes into account changes to Medicare DSH payments, improving the accuracy of payments to hospitals.

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The survey focuses on uncompensated care and utilization during the last two quarters of CYs 2013 and 2014. It aims to capture the impact of ACA coverage expansion on essential hospitals.

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The Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child.

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Due to Senate consideration of a bill that would extend the delay until October, CMS extends its delay through April 30.

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The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative has updated its OB hemorrhage toolkit to promote awareness, coordination and organization, readiness, and rapid response to OB hemorrhage.

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion on Armstrong v. Exceptional Child. The court ruled that Medicaid providers cannot sue states for low payment rates and advised on alternative actions.

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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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