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The court struck down parts of the law that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy.

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Medicaid DSH funding faces cuts of $4 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and $8 billion in FY 2021. These crippling reductions would come on top of recent deep cuts to Medicare outpatient payments to essential hospitals.

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Essential hospitals tackle social determinants of health while operating with limited means. Congress must act to preserve the federal support essential hospitals rely on to fulfill their mission of care for all and keep communities healthy.

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Unlawful cuts to Medicare Part B reimbursement at 340B hospitals and other harmful policy changes threaten the program, a key part of the patchwork of federal support essential hospitals rely on to meet their mission.

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The updated resource library includes new fact sheets and guides for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

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The rule intends to align the State Department’s public charge definition with the Department of Homeland Security public charge final rule.

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Registration for the eight-month food insecurity and housing insecurity cohorts, open to health care leaders and graduate students, closes Nov. 1.

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Negotiations continue on funding the federal government — and averting Medicaid DSH cuts — while House committees hold hearings and markups on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

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This new brief can help hospitals identify changes that might improve patient experience scores, as well as help policymakers understand how structural factors influence scores and design incentives accordingly.

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America’s Essential Hospitals applauded the decision, noting that the rule threatens the health of millions and the stability of essential hospitals.

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America's Essential Hospitals applauds a U.S. District Court's ruling to halt enforcement of the administration's damaging policy to expand the public charge definition.

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California recently became the first state to release data on wholesale acquisition cost increases for prescription drugs.

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This year's theme, Vaccines are Everybody’s Business, highlights the importance of protecting public health through vaccination.

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The guidance seeks to reduce the risk of substance use disorder while providing effective pain management for chronic pain patients.

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Improving access to medication-assisted treatment during incarceration can help prevent overdoses and deaths after release.

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The report includes recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for improved oversight of these waivers.

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The brief urges the United States Supreme Court to uphold prior rulings and reject the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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The proclamation states that the entry of immigrants who do not obtain health insurance financially burdens the health care system.

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The proposed rules seek to eliminate barriers to promoting care coordination under current fraud and abuse laws; comments are due to the agencies Dec. 31.

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Congress will focus on the looming deadline to fund the federal government and address the $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding.

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The order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to alter the Medicare Advantage program, increase cost and quality transparency, and continue site-neutral payment policies.

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External actors can exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices to assume control of a device and change or prevent its intended function.

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The no-cost, six-month initiative connects health care organizations that seek to improve care delivery for mothers and newborns.

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Of interest to essential hospitals, the rule targets emergency preparedness, hospital quality program requirements, infection control, and physical examinations.

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The final rule gives patients and their families access to information that encourages active participation in post-acute care planning and that might reduce their chances of being rehospitalized.

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Plaintiffs in the court case that resulted in the reinstatement of the third-party payer rule have filed a petition for rehearing.

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A new report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores how rural local health departments mitigate social determinants of health.

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The association urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse policies that will result in significant funding cuts to essential hospitals and hinder access to care.

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President Trump signed a short-term continuing resolution delaying disproportionate share hospital funding cuts to Nov. 22; House Speaker Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry.

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The agency seeks comments until Nov. 29 on a proposal to collect acquisition cost data from hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The final rule, implementing disproportionate share hospital payment cuts for fiscal years 2020–2025 should they take effect, includes revisions to the methodology for determining each state's allotment reduction for each fiscal year.

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Presenters from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and Germane Solutions discussed strategies to improve graduate medical education economics.

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The Senate's bipartisan action, like that of the House, recognizes the vital role essential hospitals play across the country in caring for vulnerable patients and communities — and the threat DSH cuts pose to access to care.

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The final rule revises conditions of participation and conditions for coverage and also targets emergency preparedness, quality reporting, infection control, and physical examination requirements.

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The final rule requires hospitals to create discharge plans for all inpatients and some outpatients and excludes several burdensome requirements that were included in the proposed rule.

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The 18-month grants, awarded to 15 state Medicaid agencies, seek to increase the ability of providers to deliver substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

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America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could increase food insecurity and worsen health outcomes.

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A continuing resolution to fund the federal government, including the disproportionate share hospital program, through Nov. 21 heads to the Senate; House Speaker Pelosi introduces a drug pricing bill.

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The methodology outlines how the agency will calculate states’ Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment reductions and encourages states to target remaining payments to hospitals caring for the most low-income patients.

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The rate of Americans without health insurance was 8.5 percent in 2018, up from 7.9 percent the previous year.

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Fall Policy Assembly

Join us Oct. 22-23 in Washington, D.C. to gain valuable intelligence from policy experts and communicate to Congress the importance of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding, 340B, and more.

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Call for VITAL2020 Proposals

VITAL2020 will be held June 17–19, at the Loews Chicago Downtown. Proposals for all session types and tracks will be accepted until Nov. 22, 2019, and reviewed by volunteers on the education committee and association staff.

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Apply for a Gage Award

The Gage Awards program honors the outstanding work of essential hospitals in quality improvement and population health. They will be presented at a luncheon Thursday, June 18, in Chicago, during VITAL2020.

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