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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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Please Don’t Pass the Salt: World Heart Day 2014

Sep 29, 2014 || Kiran Sreenivas

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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White House report a positive sign, but essential hospitals continue to face significant uncompensated care burden and looming cuts to disproportionate share hospitals payments

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

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Innovations in health care require evaluation to determine impact and success. But what is the difference between conducting an evaluation and researching a program? At Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, staff learned this distinction is important to consider.

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Congress concluded business until after the Nov. 4 election, passing legislation to fund the government through Dec. 11. Bills funding children's health services and addressing postacute care quality were also sent to the president's desk.

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The national strategy is intended to slow the emergence and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and strengthen national efforts to identify and report cases of it.

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Plans include evaluating potential data sources, constructing an operational model to estimate state-level DSH allocations, and consulting with stakeholders throughout the process.

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The panel will assess the impact of potential regulations on this exposure. The SBA seeks small business entity representatives to inform the panel.

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The third in a series of waiver-related briefs, this research brief summarizes perspectives from hospital leaders in Massachusetts, California, and Texas.

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Congress meets this week to extend federal funding through Dec. 11. Other legislative considerations include medical device tax, VA authorities, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. Committees will address CHIP, Ebola, and the ACA.

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The association joined a letter to HHS asking for a 90-day EHR reporting period for FY 2015.

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During its September public meeting, MedPAC discussed alternatives to the two-midnight policy, the need for audit reform, and the 3-day SNF rule. The commission will continue to focus on these issues.

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The report summarizes a Roundtable on Health Literacy workshop that featured initiatives public health organizations are undertaking to increase health literacy and the implications of health literacy on public health.

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OPA webinar will cover recent changes to 340B audit process. The office is also working to standardize the process for self-disclosing a 340B requirement breach and notes successful recertification process.

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The webinar, to be held, Sept. 16, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET, will include the CMS 2014 CEHRT flexibility final rule and the ONC 2014 edition certification criteria final rule.

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ONC issued a final rule including 10 optional criteria and 2 revised criteria for the 2014 edition EHR certification criteria. The goal is to reduce regulatory burden, increase flexibility, and enhance EHR interoperability and information exchange.

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Recent work by National Quality Forum to adjust quality and performance measures for social determinants of health of particular significance to essential hospitals, which disproportionately care for sicker, more complex patients

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BMC's 15-step, replicable plan involves identifying clinically significant alarms and altering settings for insignificant alarms. The plan reduced noise levels and increased satisfaction.

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This week, Congress will likely consider a CR, allowing non-ACA-compliant group health insurance plans through 2018, extending the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, and several health-related items.

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Hear members of our policy team discuss the association's recently released brief on innovative alternative payment models. These models focus on ways to replace or augment existing fee-for-service and managed care models, while also increasing efficiency, coordination, and quality of care.

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Ratings will start with the April 2015 release of Hospital Compare data. Dry run will occur between Sept. 15 and Oct. 14.

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Explore Medicaid alternative payment models, which states have increasingly used to improve health care quality and lower costs.

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GAO found that HHS did not ensure budget neutrality when approving Arkansas' Medicaid expansion waiver. Issues include lack of data to corroborate state assumptions and state flexibility to expand spending limits.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals, formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH), 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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