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In this new report, the Essential Hospitals Institute explores ongoing work by essential hospitals toward climate resiliency and makes recommendations for policymakers and funders to support the steps they are taking to mitigate their contribution to climate change.

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A new report from Essential Hospitals Institute shows that essential hospitals are taking steps to make themselves and their communities resilient to climate change and to reduce their own carbon footprint, but they face financial and other barriers to these goals.

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The proposed regulation would undermine the financial stability of state Medicaid programs by restricting the flexibility states have to meet their commitment to vulnerable patients and avoid spending cutbacks that threaten access to care.

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While lawmakers continue negotiations on fiscal year 2020 spending bills and prescription drug pricing legislation, committees will hold hearings on electronic cigarette use, state efforts to undermine reproductive health care, and the presidential impeachment inquiry.

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The final rules for Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2020 also expand access to opioid use disorder treatment and establish a prior authorization process for certain services.

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This year’s update contains new quality and accountability measures and new national context data.

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A new brief summarizes program recommendations from an expert panel, which included America's Essential Hospitals staff.

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The move aims to give researchers a better understanding of key Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program information, including on utilization and spending under Medicaid managed care.

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CMS also approved a unique behavioral health transformation waiver for the District of Columbia that targets beneficiaries with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.

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In a new state policy brief, America’s Essential Hospitals examines the unique health care risks homeless individuals face, states leading the way to create long-term solutions, and the role essential hospitals play in providing care to homeless populations.

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Twelve spending bills must advance through Congress and be signed by the president by Nov. 21 to fully fund the federal government for fiscal year 2020.

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Health care providers have until Dec. 3 to download their preview reports, which include overall hospital quality star ratings.

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The report shows a 9 percent decrease in central line–associated bloodstream infections, an 8 percent decrease in catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and a 12 percent decrease in hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infections.

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The final rule includes provisions related to the Quality Payment Program, evaluation and management services, telehealth services, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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In a separate, forthcoming final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will summarize and respond to the more than 1,400 public comments it received about proposed requirements for hospitals to make public their standard charges.

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The final rule jeopardizes access to care in underserved communities and flouts court rulings on unlawful federal policies regarding payments to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to provider-based outpatient departments.

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This marks the second consecutive year the uninsured rate for children has increased following continuous decreases after enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Only North Dakota saw a decrease in the uninsured rate for children.

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The agency seeks comment on a questionnaire to enforce its revised public charge standard for visa applicants. Separately, the department sought comment and emergency review of information collection to enforce the presidential proclamation suspending the entry of immigrants without health coverage.

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The October refresh does not include an update of overall star ratings, which were last updated in February.

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Applications for the new payment models are due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Jan. 22, 2020.

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The update covers a wider variety of health care settings and includes guidance for the use of performance measures in infection control quality initiatives.

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A House vote on the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019, scheduled for this week, has been postponed to allot more time for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the bill.

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The association expressed support for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's proposed revisions to confidentiality of records for patients with substance use disorders, while outlining remaining barriers to care coordination.

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One report focuses on available treatment services for pregnant women and children, while the other analyzes states' medication-assisted treatment policies. The reports were mandated by the SUPPORT Act.

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A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of state Medicaid directors found declines in Medicaid enrollment and modest spending growth in 2019, but respondents anticipate slight increases in enrollment and higher spending in 2020.

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Essential hospital leaders will meet with lawmakers this week at our fall Policy Assembly amid government funding talks and drug pricing negotiations.

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The Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 9 proposed two rules that seek to eliminate barriers to care coordination and undue burden under current fraud and abuse laws.

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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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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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Call for Proposal Reviewers

As a member of the essential hospitals community, we invite you to volunteer. We are currently seeking volunteers to review and score proposals submitted for VITAL2020. The deadline to apply is Nov. 22.

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