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The U.S. Court of Appeals decision allows drug companies to continue their egregious restrictions on 340B discounts for drugs dispensed by contract pharmacies and puts care for disadvantaged patients at risk.

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States are enacting laws related to contract pharmacy protections, discriminatory payer practices, and reporting requirements for 340B providers.

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Hospitals no longer are required to report COVID-19 data to HHS, and a program providing no-cost vaccines will end in August.

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Key health care panels considered and, in some cases, advanced numerous bills of interest to essential hospitals, including measures to expand telehealth, ease workforce shortages, and support graduate medical education.

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The Increasing Organ Transplant Access Model aims to increase access to and quality of kidney transplants for individuals with end-stage renal disease.

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This National Women’s Health Week and beyond, America's Essential Hospitals members are committed to initiatives that promote improved care for women.

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The Preserving Emergency Access in Key Sites (PEAKS) Act protects critical access hospital designation for hospitals in rural, mountainous regions.

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CMS reviews ways to leverage Medicaid and CHIP to improve mental health and substance use disorder treatment services for individuals experiencing homelessness.

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HHS has reinstated and added nondiscrimination protections in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act final rule following a 2020 overhaul.

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Two informational bulletins provide guidance on Medicaid eligibility determinations and the extension of unwinding-related waivers.

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Health systems can benefit by taking greater control of staffing but they’ll need to leverage AI-powered technology and trusted partners to benefit clinicians and employers alike.

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We appreciate the strong precedent of bipartisan support for stopping the Medicaid DSH cuts and urge Congress to achieve a lasting solution to the threat of DSH cuts by acting before the January 1, 2025, deadline to eliminate the remaining three years of cuts and preserve this vital safety net support.

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The Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Access, Finance, and Quality and Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services final rules modify existing Medicaid managed care regulations and seek to ensure access to care across fee-for-service and managed care delivery systems.

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Because the new qualifying payment amount calculation process requires manual data location, HHS will delay enforcement to Nov. 1.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients now will be eligible to apply for health insurance marketplace coverage and financial assistance.

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The House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee met to examine legislative proposals to improve Medicaid access and program integrity and heard testimony by Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Director Daniel Tsai.

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The Office of Minority Health seeks input on development of a symbol to indicate the availability of language assistance services in health settings.

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To improve health care access and quality for low-income patients, we urge Congress to support the infrastructure and emergency preparedness needs of essential hospitals by replenishing the Hill-Burton program with $10 billion over five years.

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The proposed rule includes numerous policy and payment changes to Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2025, including a 2.6 percent increase in inpatient payment rates. CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule through June 10.

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The bipartisan legislation's sponsors say it would benefit hospitals by reducing emergency department crowding and costs attributed to non-reimbursable emergency services.

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Together, these rules establish access standards and standardize review and assessment of Medicaid payment policies across states.

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CDC reports no link between COVID-19 vaccination and sudden cardiac death; FDA grants EUA to an at-home test for both COVID-19 and the flu.

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Scrutiny of the causes and implications of the cyberattack was the focus of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last week and will take center stage again this week, before another Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

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Allowing states to set Medicaid managed care payment rates at levels equal to those paid by commercial plans to providers of the same service takes an important step toward ending historical inequities in how care for Medicaid beneficiaries is valued.

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The final rule incorporates feedback from the association and coalition partners on the administrative dispute resolution process.

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Hospitals at or above the 97th percentile of one of two metrics are subject to exceptions when calculating Medicaid DSH funding limits.

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Joe Wolf, sustainability lead at association member UAMS, shares aids and barriers to the health system's sustainability strategies.

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Essential hospital leaders convened to discuss climate resilience and mitigation strategies and learn how to leverage federal funding for this work.

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Michael McGee, MD, MPH, emergency department physician at Methodist Hospitals, in Gary, Ind., founded Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence to mitigate the city's rising youth gun violence rates.

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The rule includes payment and quality reporting provisions, a mandatory episode-based model proposal, and requests for feedback on maternity care and data reporting.

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Robert Nelb, MPH, a health policy expert with more than 15 years of experience working on safety net issues for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress, begins his new role today as policy director for America’s Essential Hospitals.

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The Welcome Back to the Health Care Workforce Act, endorsed by America's Essential Hospitals, seeks to ease persistent workforce shortages with federal grants to help internationally educated health care professionals overcome barriers to entering the U.S. workforce.

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This meningococcal strain is disproportionately affecting individuals ages 30 to 60, Black or African American individuals, and individuals with HIV.

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After a confirmed human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza, CDC issues guidance for health care providers, health departments, and the public.

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While today's proposed rule for the fiscal year 2025 Inpatient Prospective Payment System recognizes the need to define safety net providers, it takes an approach that would fall short of this goal.

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This year, CMS added several proposals governing state-based marketplaces, including network adequacy requirements and provisions that will impact state Medicaid programs. The agency also aims to align open enrollment periods across marketplaces.

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Recently passed state legislation aims to protect contract pharmacies, prohibit pharmacy benefit manager discrimination, and set reporting requirements.

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The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is scheduled this week to discuss the association-endorsed CONNECT for Health Act of 2023, which would expand the use and scope of telehealth services for patients and remove barriers for essential hospitals' use of the technology.

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The rule aims to align state marketplace requirements with federal marketplace requirements, including by standardizing open enrollment dates.

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Managing and presenting data effectively can be challenging for many health care organizations. Association member WakeMed recognized the need for a more efficient data reporting process and partnered with association corporate affiliate member Premier Inc. to help overcome these obstacles.

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