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The Inflation Reduction Act preserves access to affordable health care coverage and takes historic steps to fight climate change but it falls short of providing the support essential hospitals need as front-line providers during public health crises.

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CDC updated its COVID-19 safety guidelines, FDA warned of false negative test risks, and bebtelovimab will transition to the commercial marketplace.

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President Joe Biden signed the legislation Aug. 16 after the House sent it to his desk with a 220-207, party-line vote. It extends Affordable Care Act subsidies through 2025 and makes other changes of interest to essential hospitals.

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HHS releases two new reports on long COVID-19 research and support, while the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response shares guidance on Paxlovid efficacy and eligibility.

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The proposed rule expands the definition of discrimination "on the basis of sex" and explicitly includes telehealth services in nondiscrimination policies.

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The bill, which passed by a 51-50 margin, would extend Affordable Care Act subsidies through 2025, allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, invest in measures to mitigate climate change, and make other changes of interest to essential hospitals.

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The declaration enables HHS to modify Medicare and Medicaid program requirements and could lead to more emergency funding for virus prevention and vaccines.

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The rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services includes numerous policy and payment changes important to essential hospitals, including a 4.3 percent increase in inpatient payment rates for fiscal year 2023.

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Health care providers have until Aug. 30 to download their preview reports before CMS shares quality data publicly in October.

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By extending ACA subsidies, the legislation would safeguard access to care for millions of individuals and families — a critically important outcome, given the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and the emergence of monkeypox.

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The regulation contains payment and quality reporting provisions, a new designation to identify “birthing-friendly” hospitals, and a 4.3 percent increase in operating payment rates for general acute-care hospitals, compared with a proposed 3.2 percent update.

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The lawsuit alleges that, since acquiring third party administrator Wellpartner in 2017, CVS required 340B covered entities to work with Wellpartner.

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As monkeypox continues to spread, New York health leaders declare the virus an imminent threat, while California leaders request additional vaccine supply.

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This is the second star ratings update since the agency updated its methodology in 2020 to include the use of peer grouping.

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The $433 billion Inflation Reduction Act would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and would extend expanded Affordable Care Act subsidies for three years. It also includes tax provisions and new investments related to energy and climate change.

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HHS agreed to purchase 66 million Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine doses, while the CDC reported fewer vaccine reactions for those older than 50 who receive a second mRNA booster shot.

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As the World Health Organization declares monkeypox a global health emergency, CDC updates clinical guidance, and HHS plans to allocate additional vaccine doses.

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A recently passed New Hampshire law requires health care facilities to implement and maintain workplace violence prevention programs.

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America’s Essential Hospitals asks that you urge your U.S. House lawmakers to cosponsor the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 7961), legislation that would protect caregivers from workplace violence.

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Work continues on a bill to advance through the reconciliation process by a Sept. 30 deadline. America's Essential Hospitals is pressing lawmakers to include more support for essential hospitals in the final package.

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CDC recommends the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for adults and reports that additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster doses increase protection against moderate and severe COVID-19.

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The Aug. 22 webinar will complement other federal resources on the annual 340B Drug Pricing Program recertification period for hospitals, open from Aug. 24 to Sept. 19.

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A proposed rule for Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2023 would reverse Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, continue site-neutral payment policies, and revise the inpatient-only list, among other proposed changes.

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The clinic provides primary and mental health care to refugees, asylum seekers, trafficked persons, and immigrants — and works to understand their stories.

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This State Policy Snapshot explores how legislatures are responding to the recent discriminatory actions by pharmacy benefit managers and other payers by enacting 340B-related nondiscrimination legislation.

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The Department seeks comment on Public Service Loan Forgiveness program eligibility policies for physicians at nonprofit hospitals.

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Antimicrobial-resistant hospital-onset infections and deaths both increased from 2019 to 2020, according to a new CDC analysis.

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CMS seeks feedback at a July 21 listening session on the 5 percent lump sum Alternative Payment Model Incentive Payment, set to expire at the end of 2022. 

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FDA approves the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older as the Biden-Harris administration releases an action plan to take on the BA.5 subvariant.

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Washington lawmakers expanded the state's charity care program but did not include additional funding to cover the extra uncompensated costs for hospitals.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) again halts Build Back Better human infrastructure package negotiations; House lawmakers will vote on a FY 2023 appropriations minibus.

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The expansion of the state's Medi-Cal program will provide health care coverage for an additional 764,000 people by 2024.

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A proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2023 would extend telehealth regulatory flexibility, make changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and revise the Quality Payment Program.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for calendar year 2023 reverses cuts to 340B Drug Pricing Program hospitals and seeks comment on remedying existing cuts to 340B hospitals.

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Effective July 15, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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CMS' intention to fully restore payments for 340B-acquired drugs takes an important step toward reversing the damage caused by years of cuts the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found unlawful.

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CMS proposes to decrease the conversion factor determining physician payment rates for specific services by $1.53. The proposed rule also includes provisions related to Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services, vaccine administration, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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Senate Democrats work to pass a revived human infrastructure bill before the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. The updated legislative language includes a Medicare prescription drug pricing proposal approved by all 50 Senate Democrats.

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FDA approves the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals ages 12 to 15 and authorizes state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid.

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Twenty-nine rising leaders from 18 essential hospitals will explore population health, diversity and inclusion, policymaking, and other issues central to care for low-income and marginalized patients.

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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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Medicaid Summit

Register today for our two-day virtual summit on Sept. 19 – 20. Join fellow essential hospital leaders for this event focused on public policy and finance — a balance between the political and operational aspects of Medicaid in 2022.

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40 Years Essential

We look back at our 40-year history through a new timeline website. We are the nation’s foremost champion for hospitals with a mission to care for underrepresented people. This is our story.

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