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Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna data indicate that bivalent vaccines provide greater protection than the original monovalent vaccine against the emerging BQ.1.1 omicron subvariant, while the CDC reports low COVID-19 vaccination numbers among children.

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After South Dakota voters elected to expand Medicaid eligibility, attention now turns to the 11 states that have yet to expand the program.

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Maryland, Oregon, and Colorado provided funding and regulatory flexibility to health care providers amid a surge in pediatric respiratory syncytial virus cases.

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At a Nov. 14 listening session, HHS leaders announced plans to launch in 2023 a learning community focused on patient and health care worker safety.

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The agency shares toolkits to help acute-care, long-term care, and ambulatory care facilities adopt the Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making framework.

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The agency shared three sample formats to help hospital staff build machine readable files to comply with the Hospital Price Transparency Rule.

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The project will support a learning collaborative of essential hospitals seeking to increase access to office-based addiction treatment (OBAT).

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A JAMA Network open study highlights disparities in access to Test-to-Treat sites; the Biden administration holds a White House COVID-19 Equity Summit.

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Republicans are expected to take the majority in the House, although by a much slimmer margin than previously predicted. Democrats, meanwhile, will retain their Senate majority and might build on it with a runoff election in Georgia.

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The final rule for calendar year 2023 continues certain flexible telehealth policies, overhauls the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and revises the Quality Payment Program.

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The final rule reverses Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, continues site-neutral payment policies, and revises the inpatient-only list, among other proposed changes.

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The CMS Innovation Center shares a progress report on its 10-year strategy and a blog post announcing plans to improve integrated specialty care.

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A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that Paxlovid can reduce risk of long COVID-19; new data show Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines substantially increase immune responses compared with monovalent vaccines.

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Following the midterm elections, the House Democratic Caucus and the House Republican Conference will elect party leadership for the 118th Congress.

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The association urges CMS to educate and provide funding for essential hospital staff to conduct Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment activities.

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Leaders at UHealth have shaped local and statewide care services through their community paramedicine training program and say it's the future of American health care.

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The amendment establishes "Life360 HOMEs" coordinating care for rural residents, pregnant individuals, and young adults at risk for long-term poverty.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for calendar year 2023 reverses cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and delays developing a remedy for cuts to 340B hospitals that have been in place since 2018.

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The rule finalizes the conversion factor and includes reimbursement provisions for telehealth and behavioral health services, the Quality Payment Program, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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A new analysis from corporate affiliate member Guidehouse shows that health care’s chaotic market — rising expenses and unprecedented patient demand — affects academic medical centers (AMCs) more dramatically than non-AMCs.

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A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey highlights common trends in health equity, telehealth access and quality, and coverage expansion initiatives.

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President Joe Biden urges Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine, which protects against the original SARS-CoV-2 variant and BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

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Financial, educational, and workplace challenges pose obstacles to recruiting and retaining a diverse behavioral health workforce.

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Our proposal would codify a designation of essential hospitals in statute, allowing lawmakers to better target support to improve access to care and public health.

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Currently, 26 states have extended Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program coverage from 60 days to 12 months postpartum.

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The document is the latest in a series addressing mental health policy challenges and focuses on increased integration, coordination, and access to care. A fifth and final document could be released in coming weeks.

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This Health Literacy Month, explore how essential hospital Nashville General Hospital gives patients the tools to confidently manage their own health.

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A CDC committee recommends the inclusion of COVID-19 vaccines in the 2023 immunization schedule; the administration releases a biodefense strategy.

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The waiver provides temporary housing to Medicaid beneficiaries experiencing or at risk of homelessness who have a significant health need or are enrolled in long-term care.

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With the 2022 midterm elections two weeks away, congressional lawmakers have started the sprint toward Election Day. Must-do items, including legislation to fund the federal government, will keep them busy in the post-election period.

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Even small investments by hospitals in climate resiliency and climate change mitigation can yield meaningful results and pave the way for further work.

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A new report details the second phase of a Kresge Foundation–funded project that supported climate-related projects at three member hospitals.

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CDC recommends for younger age groups updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccines that target the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of SARS-CoV-2.

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International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 16–22, highlights infection preventionists' role in protecting public health through education.

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The Biden administration extended the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) through Jan. 11, 2023, and would notify providers by Nov. 11 of ending the PHE after that date. The decision extends PHE-related waivers and policies.

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The decision to revert to the full payment rate is in compliance with a recent federal district court decision in favor of America’s Essential Hospitals.

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Section 1115 waivers in Massachusetts and Oregon aim to test improvements in coverage, access, and quality and target unmet health-related social needs.

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CMS extends for two years the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced Model and alters the accounting process for beneficiaries with COVID-19.

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Effective Oct. 13, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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HHS links COVID-19 vaccinations to fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, and NIH details its plan to study long COVID-19 effects.

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