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To ensure Medicaid beneficiaries' access to quality care, America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS not to issue access monitoring review exemptions to states with high managed care penetration.

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The dashboards, which show spending for drugs purchased in Medicaid and Medicare Parts B and D, for the first time include data on year-over-year price increases for individual drugs.

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Senate Democrats sharply questioned the repeated delays of a final rule on drug ceiling prices and manufacturer civil monetary penalties; The House continues to focus on passing an opioid package.

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The association urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to immediately implement a final rule establishing the calculation of ceiling prices and imposing manufacturer civil monetary penalties.

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House leadership remains focused on passing a bipartisan opioid-related legislative package by Memorial Day, but recently indicated a June vote might be more likely.

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The plan cites and builds on proposed changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget, as well as damaging cuts implemented through the calendar year 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

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The interagency effort targets obstacles to health care, including a fragmented delivery system and lack of specialty service access, faced by many rural communities.

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New Hampshire is the fourth state to receive approval to incorporate work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

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Hospitals have until June 2 to preview their quality data before it is published on the Hospital Compare website in July.

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The proposal would delay by an additional year implementation of a final rule on ceiling prices and manufacturer civil monetary penalties in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Four House hearings this week examine the opioid crisis, as lawmakers work to craft bipartisan legislation; A Senate hearing focuses on oversight reports on the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Two new fact sheets clarify the application of privacy regulations under 42 CFR Part 2, a longstanding rule dictating how to share patient data related to substance use disorder.

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The podcast provides updates to survey vendors, self-administering hospitals, and client hospitals participating in the national patient experience survey.

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The decision to delay rules to safeguard patients and hospitals from drug company overcharges is unacceptable and undermines the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The webpage documents the health system's response to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting and encourages other hospitals to create disaster response plans.

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America’s Essential Hospitals this week kicks off a year-long project to equip hospitals with education and tools to support conversations with vulnerable patients about the cost of health care. The project is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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A home-based kidney care model piloted by University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center researchers improved health outcomes for the Zuni Native American tribe.

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The new proposed IPPS rule for FY 2019 contains numerous policy and payment changes, including increasing net inpatient payment rates by 1.75 percent.

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House and Senate lawmakers last week reviewed more than 60 opioid-related bills before heading into a week-long recess.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended to June 15 the deadline to complete an Agreement to Participate and Consent.

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The refresh includes data for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System–Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting, and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs.

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The plan is required by the 21st Century Cures Act and is meant to improve federal and state coordination around the enforcement of parity laws.

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Researchers found a decline in uninsurance rates and an increase in medical service use, access, and diagnosis of certain chronic conditions among previously uninsured adults.

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On May 4, America’s Essential Hospitals and fellow plaintiffs will make oral arguments in a legal battle to reverse damaging Medicare cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program; The public can watch via livestream.

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A new proposed rule for Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2019 would increase inpatient operating payment rates by 1.75 percent.

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The new model would allow providers to contract directly with patients, rather than contracting with Medicare or private insurers; comments are due May 25.

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House and Senate committees this week will mark up legislation to combat the opioid epidemic with the hope of passing a bipartisan bill by Memorial Day.

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Clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System can receive Improvement Activity credit for participating in a study on quality reporting burdens; applications are due April 30.

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The webinar, intended for Medicare Part A providers, will include a presentation on the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing system followed by a question-and-answer session.

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Researchers at New York University School of Medicine and NYC Health + Hospitals outline a lower-cost method that providers serving vulnerable populations could use to better identify and manage care for their highest needs patients.

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VITAL2018

Bridge knowledge and success at VITAL2018, our annual meeting, June 20 to 22, in San Francisco. This unparalleled program includes five topical tracks, more than 30 sessions, compelling speakers, and ample networking opportunities.

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Tour Population Health Programs

Visit EssentialCommunities.org to learn how our hospitals target social and economic factors to improve health. Take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, discover new resources, and share your programs.

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Federal Action Network

Members: Join our new community focused on federal politics and policymaking. The FAN lets you engage directly with our advocacy work and stay on top of legislative and regulatory issues that matter most to your hospital.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.