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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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Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit, will begin his term July 1.

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Call your senators on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions before June 26 and tell them to oppose the one-size-fits-all median contracted rate language in the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission outlines issues of importance to essential hospitals, including Medicare payment strategies for Part B drugs, the Medicare Shared Savings Program,and Medicare fee-for-service spending for emergency department services.

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House and Senate committees this month remain focused on legislation to reduce surprise billing and health care costs. The House last week began deliberations on a $987 million spending package to fund many federal agencies for FY 2020.

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The commission's June report to Congress includes recommendations on the use of third-party payments in calculating Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and on Medicaid prescription drug policy.

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In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that changes to the consumer inflation index would negatively impact vulnerable populations’ access to Medicaid coverage.

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The state plan amendment is specifically designed to allow the state to negotiate under a “subscription” model with manufacturers of prescription drugs that treat patients with hepatitis C. Washington is the fourth state cleared to pursue value-based purchasing agreements for supplemental rebates.

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A recent issue brief profiles states that use data to identify and reduce health disparities in Medicaid managed care programs and offers a step-by-step strategy for states interested in similar initiatives.

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The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions is considering including burdensome 340B transparency requirements in a yet-to-be-released final version of the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

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A proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services would overhaul parts of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, removing some nondiscrimination protections for transgender individuals and requirements for covered entities treating people with limited English proficiency.

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The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act would provide $385 million annually for the Hospital Preparedness Program. Congress stacks its agenda ahead of the July Fourth recess, focusing on health care funding, surprise billing, single-payer proposals, and drug pricing.

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Leslie Safier, MPH, reflects on setting intentional career goals and joining other program alumnae for a presentation on gender inequity at VITAL2019.

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The decision does not impact ongoing litigation challenging Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System policies or Medicaid disproportionate share hospital third-party payer policy.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expecting a three- to 10-month nationwide shortage of Aplisol, used in tuberculin skin tests.

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The agency requests feedback as part of its Patients Over Paperwork initiative to update or eliminate administratively burdensome regulations.

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In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require hospitals with multiple service locations to accurately enter the address of their off-campus, provider-based departments to receive payment through the Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

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In June 3 letters, America's Essential Hospitals encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to consider the regulatory burden that new interoperability requirements would place on essential hospitals.

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A House subcommittee hearing features testimony from an essential hospital on the importance of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding. The House is expected to approve a bill providing $385 million in annual funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program.

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This new State Policy Snapshot summarizes the various ways states target social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and housing, to reduce avoidable costs and improve outcomes for people with medical and social needs.

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A new online training resource released by Patient Priorities Care and the American College of Physicians aims to help clinicians identify treatment options according to what matters most to patients.

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Our updated State Action opioid resource page summarizes recent state policy approaches to prevent opioid overdose and the status of related state laws and regulations.

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The rule would eliminate protection from discrimination in health care settings based on gender identity and roll back requirements to notify individuals with limited English proficiency of antidiscrimination policies and access to translation services.

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A draft plan from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee aims to end surprise medical bills for out-of-network emergency services, reduce prescription drug prices, and improve transparency in health care costs, among other priorities.

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An America's Essential Hospitals analysis identified more than 300 hospitals with mismatching fiscal year 2015 uncompensated care values compared with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' provided Factor 3 values.

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Under current law, most individuals applying to enter the country on a visa or applying for a green card must submit an affidavit of support from a sponsor residing in the United States who meets certain criteria. The memo claims these requirements are not adequately enforced.

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The agency seeks feedback on proposed criteria for selecting direct contracting entities to participate in the new population-based payment model.

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The agency released a request for applications on the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport model for emergency ambulance services. The new model encourages treatment for Medicare beneficiaries outside the emergency department.

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In an Institute for Medicaid Innovation survey, states listed 42 CFR Part 2 information sharing limitations and fragmented Medicaid funding and managed care contracting as top barriers to providing behavioral health services.

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Directed payments through Medicaid managed care plans have avoided much of the confusion — even suspicion — that surrounds other supplemental support to providers. But as policy evolves, will the accountability and transparency built into this payment mechanism be sufficient in the long run?

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The administration's proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities, will worsen access to care and disparities for many of the nation's most vulnerable populations.

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Centering Healthcare Institute requests proposals for implementation awards to increase access to its CenteringParenting care model; second wave proposals are due May 31, and third wave proposals are due July 31.

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A new case study highlights association member NYC Health + Hospitals' partnership with LegalHealth to provide legal assistance to patients.

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America's Essential Hospitals and its association partners have created a detailed update on recent court activity in their lawsuit to reverse Medicare outpatient payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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In a May 17 Capitol Hill briefing, leaders from NYC Health + Hospitals, East Alabama Medical Center, and Eskenazi Health shared how disproportionate share hospital funding sustains their hospitals.

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Four essential hospitals were honored for their environmental sustainability practices and commitments to mitigate climate change.

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The new chair is Melanie Bella, head of partnerships and policy at Cityblock Health and former founding director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office. The Government Accountability Office also appointed a new vice chair and two new members.

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The Senate last week passed a new version of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019. House and Senate panels continue work to address balance billing and drug pricing ahead of next week's recess.

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The guidance lists warning signs for which hospital staff should be aware, recommendations for active shooter responses, and suggested protective measures.

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A Commonwealth Fund report reviews 36 state Medicaid quality strategies for advancing primary care, a key factor in achieving a high-performing health system.

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Essential Data

Our annual membership profile shows essential hospitals continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients, and train more physicians than other U.S. hospitals.

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Essential Communities

Learn more about how our hospitals address social and economic factors that influence health, take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, and share a program of your own.

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Volunteer With Us

As a member of the essential hospitals community, we invite you to volunteer. We have opportunities for everyone – from long-term, strategic leadership positions to short-term, project-based activities.

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