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America’s Essential Hospitals encourages members to submit by Feb. 1 comments to CMS detailing the devastating impact of the MFAR’s proposed provisions and to urge House and Senate members to weigh in with the administration.

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DHS now can enforce the public charge rule everywhere but Illinois. The stay on the injunction will remain in place until the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit makes a final decision on the merits of the government’s appeal.

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This recall includes more than 9 million gowns designed for use in procedures such as open heart surgery and knee replacements.

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Despite a growing awareness of the impact of social determinants of health on patient health outcomes, the CMS study found challenges to consistent data collection, including a lack of standardized screening tools and inconsistent use of electronic health record codes.

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CMS issued a request for information seeking input on coordinating care from out-of-state providers for medically-complex children who are eligible for Medicaid coverage. The agency will use the information collected to produce guidance to state Medicaid directors.

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The proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation would sharply curtail flexibility states now have to finance and structure Medicaid to serve vulnerable people. Congress must step in immediately and demand that CMS withdraw this damaging rule in its entirety.

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Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington join dozens of other states already enforcing laws to shield patients from balance billing.

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At essential hospital Boston Medical Center, changing the language we use is the first step in changing the way we treat people with substance use disorder.

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The issues are related to the validation process for Windows Elliptic Curve Cryptography certificates and the Windows remote desktop client. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging health care providers to install patches to minimize their risk.

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In an amicus brief, America's Essential Hospitals joined other national hospital associations in calling for an expedited Supreme Court review of a case that will determine the future of the Affordable Care Act. The court on Tuesday denied the expedited schedule.

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A panel convened by the National Institutes of Health culminated in an evidence report that includes 26 recommendations for improving implementation of proven services to reduce disparities in preventable conditions.

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The statutorily required report reviews rules and oversight for institutions for mental disease in seven states. Meanwhile, CMS announced it will integrate the psychiatric hospital program survey into its larger survey to determine compliance with Medicare conditions of participation.

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The Senate trial begins this week on two articles of impeachment against President Trump, for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

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Researchers studied 3,608 hospitals nationwide, examining the associations between neighborhood social risk factors and seven CMS quality domains.

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Essential hospitals are committed to transparent, accurate quality measurement, but a single hospital star rating oversimplifies a complex and personal decision.

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America's Essential Hospitals this week is closely following congressional health care committee efforts to develop a robust legislative package to stop impending cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding and extend funding for several expiring health care programs.

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The recommendations come after a GAO review of more than 250 nongovernmental hospitals found several issues with how the Health Resources and Services Administrative oversees 340B program compliance.

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Health care providers should notify state and local health departments if patients have severe respiratory symptoms after traveling to Wuhan City, China.

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In an informational bulletin to state Medicaid agencies, CMS provides best practices to avoid duplicate discounts on drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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New research shows essential hospitals are building capacity for community-integrated health care — reaching outside their walls to partner with government, social services, and other sectors to improve social determinants of health.

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Two new resources share the Institute’s research on essential hospitals’ social determinants of health work and a set of milestones to aid in adopting community-integrated health care.

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After delaying Medicaid DSH cuts and extending funding for other health care programs by five additional months, congressional leaders are expected to leverage the new May 22 expiration date to advance bills to lower drug prices and protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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The new guidelines reflect revised conditions of participation in the September 2019 discharge planning and burden reduction final rules.

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CMS granted a 15-day comment period extension for the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. Comments are now due to the agency on Feb. 1, 2020.

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America’s Essential Hospitals said the federal Anti-Kickback Statute and Physician Self-Referral Law should be modified to remove barriers to coordinating care for the complex patients essential hospitals serve.

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Congress approved and the president signed a fiscal year 2020 spending package that delays through May 22, 2020, a $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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A U.S. Court of Appeals panel upheld a ruling on the constitutionality of the individual mandate but returned the case to a lower court to decide whether that nullifies the entire law.

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The agency announced awardees for two new models that seek to improve care coordination for children and for mothers with opioid use disorder.

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Congressional leaders have delayed for five months a $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments under comprehensive legislation to fund federal operations for the remainder of fiscal year 2020, which started Oct. 1.

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During a one-hour webinar, participants learned how health systems nationwide are exploring ways to help mitigate food insecurity.

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Today's House vote on a spending package and Senate support will avert the harm sure to result from a $4 billion payment cut for hospitals that care for millions of low-income people. Now, we must turn to longer-term relief for essential hospitals and their patients.

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The report is based on feedback gathered during a September listening session, in which more than 300 stakeholders shared recommendations for improving predictability, stability, and relevance of star ratings.

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The package, expected to become law, would delay a $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments through May 22, 2020. It does not include proposals to reduce surprise medical bills or prescription drug prices.

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Through this newly approved Section 1115 demonstration waiver, South Carolina becomes the first state to apply work requirements primarily to parents and caregivers.

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Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, CMS will start to adjust claims that were paid at the reduced rate. The agency also filed a notice appealing its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Bipartisan Senate committee leaders released drug pricing legislation that includes a provision to eliminate $12 billion of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts over two years. House and Senate committees announced bipartisan legislation to end surprise billing.

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State Medicaid directors named delivery system and payment reform as their top priority in an annual operations survey from the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

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America's Essential Hospitals is pleased to see that bipartisan Senate drug pricing legislation would repeal two years of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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Lawmakers have three weeks to agree on funding for the federal government and various health care programs, including Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments. The House resumes its impeachment investigation with a Judiciary Committee hearing.

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America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that a proposed drug acquisition cost survey would impose excessive burden on hospitals and raise many operational challenges.

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Spring 2020 Policy Assembly

Our first Policy Assembly of 2020 will give our members an opportunity to build on existing relationships, create new ones, and educate lawmakers and their staff about the vital role essential hospitals play in their communities.

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VITAL2020

Join us June 17-19 in Chicago for a program unequaled in its focus on the mission-driven hospital. VITAL2020 will arm you with the knowledge you need to keep your hospital on the forefront of innovation.

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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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