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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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Staff at the University of Missouri Health System developed a tool to ensure medical school graduates understand patient-centered care strategies.

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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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CMS will host a national provider call for ACOs interested in the 2016 program year.

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Contact your lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committees to underscore the critical need for the 340B program. An update on the SGR package will be provided as more information is available.

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The House's bipartisan bill will face a tough road in the Senate. Budget negotiations are also under way, to be completed this month.

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Report includes potential impact if CHIP was to expire, Section 1115 waivers used to expand Medicaid coverage, and other aspects of Medicaid payment policy.

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Through CMS' new model, ACOs can take greater performance risk and receive a greater portion of savings through coordinated, high-quality care.

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America's Essential Hospitals supports legislation, which seeks to ensure hospitals are not unfairly penalized for patients' sociodemographic challenges

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New association materials include messaging on Medicaid DSH, Medicare, risk adjustment for sociodemographic status, 340B, and more.

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Announcement follows recent "superbug" outbreaks at two Los Angeles hospitals that occurred without identified lapses of infection control

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Growing evidence shows that engaging patients and their families in care produces safer patient care and better outcomes

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National impact assessment finds 95 percent of 119 studied quality measures improved during the 2006 to 2012 study period

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At University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC), one teen volunteer raised money to help vulnerable patients with their pain management

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Ruling against subsidies could send ACA into "death spiral," according to RAND report.

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Senate HELP Committee to examine changes that could improve FDA process without compromising safety

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Hospitals that did not meet reporting requirements in 2014 and do not receive exception could face smaller IPPS payment increases in 2016

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Findings suggest variation among four national hospital ratings systems decreases value to consumers and providers

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Due to inclement weather, the hearing should be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

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Congress must pass a homeland security spending bill this week, and health insurance marketplaces are under scrutiny as oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case begin.

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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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