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The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals expressed disappointment that the courts once again failed to rule on merits of the 340B case and vowed to continue the fight to reverse these unwarranted cuts.

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Hospitals will have until Sept. 12 to recertify; the Office of Pharmacy Affairs will hold an Aug. 8 webinar about the recertification process.

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A Government Accountability Office witness and several 340B Drug Pricing Program stakeholders testified last week at a House committee hearing; another House committee marked up several consumer-driven health care bills.

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In the rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues a policy of reduced payments to new off-campus provider-based departments; the agency also provides updates to the Quality Payment Program.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended to Aug. 8 the participation agreement deadline for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model and announced that participants can retroactively withdraw from the program in March 2019.

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Strong leadership can transform the culture of an organization and make it more efficient. Hear three key takeaways for executive leaders from VITAL2018, the association's annual meeting.

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New research from America's Essential Hospitals provides a road map to integrate person-centered care and evidence-based research into hospital care for vulnerable patients.

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What comes next after the June 29 court ruling that vacated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approval of a Section 1115 waiver that allowed Kentucky to impose community engagement and work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries.

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The July 11 hearing will focus on contract pharmacies and a slate of 15 bills and discussion drafts related to the program; two essential hospital leaders will testify.

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The project would waive Merit-based Incentive Payment System requirements for clinicians who participate in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk to better align such plans with fee-for-service Medicare.

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We encourage our members to urge their representatives on the House Energy & Commerce Committee to support essential hospitals at a 340B hearing on July 11.

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Merit-based Incentive Payment System participants can request a targeted review of their performance feedback and final score if they find an error in their 2019 payment adjustment calculation.

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The decision strikes down the state's overall Section 1115 waiver, which included community engagement and work requirements, but it upholds as a separate waiver a portion allowing Medicaid reimbursement for substance use disorder treatment in institutions for mental disease.

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A new bill by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) would impose a user fee for hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program; a House subcommittee marked up hospital preparedness and graduate medical education bills.

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With funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Essential Hospitals Institute developed a road map to help hospitals overcome barriers to implementing person-centered care and evidence based research.

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New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and quality arm, Essential Hospitals Institute take office July 1.

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Several new or enhanced Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiatives are designed to improve Medicaid program integrity and sustainability through greater transparency and accountability, strengthened data, and innovative analytical tools.

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CMS approved Oklahoma's proposal to advance Medicaid value-based arrangements with drugmakers in negotiating supplemental rebate agreements; The agency rejected Massachusetts' request to institute a closed formulary for Medicaid outpatient prescription drugs.

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America's Essential Hospitals urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement its Medicare disproportionate share hospital payment methodology and quality measurement programs in a way that accounts for the unique needs and patient populations served by essential hospitals.

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The brief reviews each type of Medicaid hospital payment, information on payment goals, and state-level data on fiscal year 2016 supplemental payments to hospitals.

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A change brought by passage of the 21st Century Cures Act will ensure coverage for early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for children under age 21 receiving inpatient psychiatric hospital services.

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The report provides updates on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, off-campus emergency department access, the physician fee schedule, population-based quality measures and incentives, and Medicare accountable care organizations, among other topics.

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More than 300 hospital and health system leaders came together in San Francisco for three days to foster their shared mission to champion excellence in health care for all.

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The legislation, containing more than 50 bills to combat the opioid crisis, now heads to the Senate; it is unclear whether senators will pass the package or consider their own legislation.

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Medicare-eligible hospitals have until July 1 to apply for exception—and avoid a negative payment adjustment—for the 2019 payment adjustment year.

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This year's Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission report focuses on the high cost of prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic.

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The Gage Awards honor creative and successful programs at essential hospitals that enhance patient care and meet community needs.

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Cleveland Clinic government affairs chief Carlos Jackson will join the association as its new vice president of legislative affairs and oversee the organization's Capitol Hill work.

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The Department of Labor has issued a final rule expanding the definition of "employer" for purposes of establishing association health plans.

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The annual report from America's Essential Hospitals shows the association's members provided disproportionate levels of uncompensated care, charity care, and physician training in 2016.

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Our Hospitals, Our Patients

America’s Essential Hospitals’ annual membership profile finds that essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients on average than other U.S. hospitals.

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Medicaid Summit

Join fellow essential hospital leaders in Chicago at this one-day summit to explore opportunities to advance innovation in Medicaid and discuss the national outlook for the program.

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Protect 340B

The pharmaceutical industry’s campaign to kill the 340B Drug Pricing Program is designed to take your attention away from the real problem: the inflated prices these companies alone set. Don’t take the bait.

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