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The 340B program continues to work as Congress intended. We urge Congress and the administration to protect the program and ensure all stakeholders comply with the law.

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We appreciate the strong precedent of bipartisan support for stopping the Medicaid DSH cuts and urge Congress to act swiftly, before the March 8 deadline, to preserve this vital safety net support and eliminate the DSH reductions for FYs 2024 and 2025.

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We urge Congress to protect access to care in underserved communities and support the safety net by rejecting site-neutral policies.

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New legislation, introduced by Reps. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.), would codify “essential health system” in statute, giving policymakers a powerful tool to better target support to the nation’s safety net and improve health care access and equity and public health.

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Partnerships between essential hospitals and the nation’s only four historically Black medical schools are transforming the face of medicine and culturally sensitive care.

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Congressional negotiators were at odds this week over extending government funding beyond the March 1 and 8 expirations of current temporary funding measures, the latter of which includes a delay to Medicaid DSH cuts.

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The rule aligns 42 CFR Part 2 more closely with HIPAA regulations by changing policies on consent, use and disclosure, and counseling notes.

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The final rule for Section 203 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, changes how the calculation of a hospital’s Medicaid disproportionate share hospital uncompensated care limit accounts for costs and payments related to Medicare and other dually eligible patients.

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The document details payment features of Medicare fee-for-service Hospital Global Budgets under the States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development Model (AHEAD).

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The collaborative will bring together providers, community partners, and other experts to explore challenges facing postpartum populations and solutions to improve postpartum mortality.

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The rule finalizes a 2021 statutory requirement that hospitals, when calculating a Medicaid DSH cap, include only the costs and payments for patients for whom Medicaid is the primary payer or who are uninsured.

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The bipartisan legislation, introduced in the House Feb. 15, would codify measures of a health system's commitment to disadvantaged people and communities and give policymakers a powerful tool to target safety net support.

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Reach out to your House members today and ask them to cosponsor the Reinforcing Essential Health Systems for Communities Act.

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The bipartisan legislation would establish a federal definition of “essential health system” to give Congress a new tool to target support to these foundational members of the nation’s health care safety net.

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The agency proposes to increase oversight of organizations that accredit Medicare facilities, reduce conflicts of interest, and make surveys more consistent.

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The accelerator will provide technical assistance to states implementing health-related social needs services through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Patients now can give a single consent for all uses and disclosures for substance use disorder treatment, payment, and health care operations.

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A key health committee in the House examined potential solutions to chronic drug shortages, and a Senate health panel heard drug industry testimony on the causes of high drug prices. House Energy and Commerce Chair McMorris Rodgers announces she's not seeking reelection.

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The draft includes proposals regarding manufacturer restrictions on contract pharmacies, patient definition, transparency, and other aspects of the drug discount program. It follows a request for information issued by a bipartisan working group of senators last year.

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The Internal Revenue Service will hold office hours Feb. 6 and Feb. 9, from 1–2 pm ET, to assist with the prefiling registration process for elective payment of clean energy credits.

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Paxlovid will no longer be authorized for emergency use after March 8; V-safe, the CDC's vaccine safety monitoring system, is once again open.

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The FAQ clarify what constitutes full benefits for states extending Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months postpartum.

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Bipartisan legislation from a group of senators would remove a requirement that Medicare beneficiaries be seen in person within six months of receiving behavioral health services via telehealth.

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The FAQ include guidance for hospitals, long term care facilities, and critical access hospitals on enforcing and communicating visitation policies.

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HHS and CMS will share training materials, convene hospital and provider associations to discuss best practices and challenges, and establish a team of experts to support hospitals.

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The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response designed the goals in response to common attack vectors against hospitals identified in the 2023 Hospital Cyber Resiliency Landscape Analysis.

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Although funding for medical respite programs often is a central part of the partnership, there are other key ways that hospitals can partner with medical respite programs, and, more importantly, better serve community members experiencing homelessness.

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Hospitals have until March 31 to apply for the third round of Section 126 awards, which will implement 200 new Medicare-funded residency slots.

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The ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee has asked several large contract pharmacies for information as part of his investigation into how health care entities leverage the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The rule requires payers to create application programming interfaces to facilitate payer-to-provider data sharing.

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Comments on the Federal Independent Dispute Resolution Operations proposed rule now are due Feb. 5.

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CMS will select eight organizations to test the eight-year behavioral health care integration model; applications will open in spring 2024.

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Congressional leaders announced a new, two-part continuing resolution that would fund some government agencies through March 1 and others through March 8; a continued delay of an $8 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding is in the latter.

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Gain valuable insights from this three-part conversation series hosted by America’s Essential Hospitals, moderated by Guidehouse consultants, and featuring seasoned health care executives from across the country.

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The website provides tailored outreach and engagement resources for partners helping people with Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program renewals.

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The waiver funds health-related social needs services, workforce development, and matching funds for Medicare beneficiaries with substance use disorder.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urged HHS to withdraw its proposed information blocking disincentives for health care providers.

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Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement on topline spending levels for fiscal year 2024 but still must hammer out action on various health care issues, including stopping $16 billion cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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Advocate for Your Hospital

Policy Assembly raises the voice of essential hospitals in Washington, D.C. by giving you the information and resources you need to win support for your health system and your patients. Register today!

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Apply for Our Fellows Program

Our 12-month leadership development program is designed to educate participants on essential hospital issues and provide the skills to lead strategically and advocate for policies and resources that promote the health of marginalized patients.

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Communities at Risk

People and communities across the country rely on essential hospitals — and essential hospitals rely on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding to keep their doors open. Medicaid DSH cuts put patients at risk.

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