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Fifteen patients affected by the "Chimney Tops 2" fire in Tenn. were taken to the ED at University of Tennessee Medical Center, the area's only level I trauma center.

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The two new Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives models test different shared decision-making approaches designed to increase patient engagement.

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All hospitals and critical access hospitals will be required to provide the MOON to applicable patients beginning March 8, 2017.

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Essential hospitals can turn to a new resource for prescribing physical activity and time outdoors: Park Rx, or Park Prescriptions.

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Hospitals can request an exemption from the electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirement in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

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The legislation, expected to quickly receive the president's signature, includes two key advocacy goals for the association: risk adjustment of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and partial relief from hospital outpatient department payment cuts.

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With their vote, senators have helped level the playing field for essential hospitals by risk adjusting readmissions measures that unfairly penalize hospitals for factors outside their control.

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The CMS FAQ answers questions about new regulatory requirements to ensure health care facilities are ready for disasters and public health emergencies.

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Congress plans to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Dec. 9. The Senate is expected to pass 21st Century Cures legislation.

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The bill is a step toward expanding Project ECHO, an innovative “hub and spoke” education model created at association member University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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America's Essential Hospitals expressed continued concerns about qualified health plan network adequacy in federally facilitated marketplaces.

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Essential hospitals thank House lawmakers for voting to protect access to health care services for vulnerable patients and underserved communities by accounting for patients' social and economic status in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

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Jennifer Pisano, associate medical director of The University of Chicago Medicine's Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, discusses proper use of antibiotics.

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Rep. Tom Price has been nominated to head HHS and Seema Verma, who graduated from the association's Fellows Program in 2001, has been nominated to lead CMS.

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Congress is poised to pass legislation that would include socioeconomic risk adjustment for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and some relief from payment cuts for new hospital outpatient departments.

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America’s Essential Hospitals is pleased President-Elect Trump has made health care experience a priority in his choices for Secretary of Health and Human Services and administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Lawmakers are closing in on negotiations for 21st Century Cures legislation and also working to complete a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 2017.

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The proposed rule would codify additional restrictions, first outlined in July 2016, on the ability of states to increase or add new pass-through payments under plan contracts.

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The notice contains state-specific FMAPs, used to determine the amount of federal matching funds for state Medicaid programs; and enhanced FMAPs, used to calculate federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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America's Essential Hospitals has important and promising information to share with members about our fight to stop damaging regulatory changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The agency released software that will help developers build applications for clinicians and their practices and make it easier for organizations to retrieve and maintain QPP measures using the Explore Measures section of the QPP website.

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Starting in 2017, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can train to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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The impending full control of government by Republicans is expected to kick start discussions about repealing the Affordable Care Act and passing entitlement reform.

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The publication highlights which approaches work best, what barriers essential hospitals face, and how to transfer this work to other communities.

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With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Essential Hospitals Institute developed the road map to guide hospitals toward, and overcome barriers to, population health improvement activities.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

America’s Essential Hospitals was formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH). Carrying our mission since 1981 into today's health care era

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