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A federal court in Missouri ruled that CMS’ April 2017 third-party payer DSH final rule is unenforceable. This decision is the first to invalidate the final rule.

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Cracks in the defibrillator's gas discharge tube can allow gases to escape and the device to malfunction when used in automated external defibrillator mode.

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Administrators must review and sign the updated agreement by April 14 to retain access to the National Healthcare Safety Network.

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Group reporting through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services web interface must be completed by March 16; all other Merit-based Incentive Payment System data must be submitted by March 31.

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The budget plan for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 proposes changes to the distribution of 340B Drug Pricing Program savings and increased funding to fight the opioid crisis.

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The nation’s safety net cannot sustain the dramatic cuts in this proposal to Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs on which low-income working Americans and their families depend.

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Senate Finance Committee leadership sent a letter to stakeholders requesting information on Medicare and Medicaid policy options that could be used to combat the opioid epidemic.

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America’s Essential Hospitals thanks its member hospitals and congressional champions for their hard work and advocacy during the lengthy process to finalize a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding cuts.

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Congress made the right choice this morning for patients and communities by voting to halt damaging cuts to hospitals that care for low-income working families and others who face financial challenges.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is awarding $8.1 million in targeted funding to assess and potentially alter states’ essential health benefits packages.

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The table identifies which alternative payment models (APMs) are designated as Advanced APMs under the Quality Payment Program or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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Registration has reopened for the Institute's Graduate Medical Education Learning Network; the next monthly webinar will be held Feb. 15.

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Recent research at the lab includes development of new evaluation tools for eye tracking, blood-based biomarkers, and brain oxygenation after injury.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges all association members to contact their delegations in Congress and ask them to vote in favor of a bill that delays Medicaid DSH cuts.

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America's Essential Hospitals praises lawmakers for including a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment cuts in the latest proposal to fund the federal government.

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The measure, which updates a continuing resolution set to expire on Feb. 8, delays cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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The Measure Applications Partnership submitted recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on 35 performance measures under consideration for use in federal health care programs.

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The live session, on Feb. 8, will provide information on the upcoming transition to the QualityNet Secure Portal for hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Indiana's request to incorporate work requirements in their Section 1115 Medicaid expansion waiver. This is the second waiver with work requirements approved by CMS.

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The new cards will have a Medicare beneficiary identifier to replace the existing health insurance claim number, which was based on the beneficiary’s Social Security number.

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The blueprint will guide opioid manufacturers in developing education tools for health care providers as part of the agency’s updated risk evaluation and mitigation strategy.

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

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Funding for the federal government expires February 8, and Congress has yet to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts that took effect October 1, 2017. Association members should ask their delegations to urge House leadership to include a two-year delay in the next funding bill.

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Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, deployed the state-of-the-art mobile medical unit in an effort to free up hospital emergency department space for acute-care patients as flu season heats up.

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The groups called for swift action on seven programs and policies lawmakers left out of a Jan. 19 continuing resolution that funds the government through Feb. 8 and that extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program by six years.

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The association continues to work with congressional leadership and staff to ensure a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts is included in the next funding measure; Senate confirms new Health and Human Services Secretary.

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This badly misleading report makes no attempt to focus on or isolate the 340B drug payment policy. Rather, it masks the policy's damaging impact by conflating it with other unrelated policy changes.

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The agency is combatting an intravenous fluid (IV) shortage as Puerto Rico, where many IV solutions are produced, recovers from Hurricane Maria.

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JPS Health Network and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System recently visited Capitol Hill to tell their stories of innovative housing and care coordination programs to help the chronically homeless.

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The designation allows federal health agencies to allocate resources and hire specialists to combat the opioid crisis. The original declaration was set to expire on Jan. 23.

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Spring Policy Assembly

We invite you to our spring Policy Assembly, Feb. 27 to 28, in Washington, D.C. This event will connect you with your members of Congress to make the case for protecting Medicaid and other vital support for essential hospitals.

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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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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.