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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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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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The plan serves as a guide for federal departments and agencies to combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Funding is included in the president's proposed FY 2016 budget.

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The Senate will vote on the SGR measure after a two-week recess. Both chambers also passed budget legislation before adjourning.

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This new model will allow ACOs to take greater performance risks for greater financial reward, calls start March 31.

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For now, lawmakers focused on information gathering, better oversight, clarity, and accountability

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The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. It remains unclear if the bill will garner enough support to quickly move through that chamber.

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The rules detail requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, including a requirement for all providers to transition to stage 3 by 2018.

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DSH cuts would be eliminated in FY 2017, and DSH would be "rebased," extending cuts by one year, to 2025.

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Congress will attempt to pass SGR and budget legislation by Friday. The SGR package includes a one-year delay of Medicaid DSH cuts. House Committees will hold hearings on 340B, heroin and prescription drug abuse, and Medicare Fraud. The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on patient research.

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Interested providers should submit a volunteer form by April 17.

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America's Essential Hospitals' annual report also shows members maintain high-quality, patient satisfaction even with financial hurdles

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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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