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Hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System–Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting, and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs can view their preview reports through Aug. 14.

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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response initiative seeks to harness cutting-edge technologies to support emergency response and recovery. It will kick off with an innovation day event, Aug. 7–8, to engage with stakeholders.

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The tools include a checklist of required waiver elements and model templates to help states better understand their options and the waiver approval process.

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In a session at VITAL2019, staff from Memorial Healthcare System, in Florida, discussed how they address the opioid epidemic in their community through medication-assisted treatment, substance use disorder programming, and primary care delivery.

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The committee’s action on DSH funding marks a significant step forward in efforts to save the safety net from a fiscal cliff Oct. 1, when a $4 billion DSH funding cut is set to take effect.

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The new web resource includes a rich collection of links to relevant studies and other research, a sidebar of reference materials, and a summary of how various organizations have worked to prevent burnout.

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A House panel marked up legislation to eliminate $16 billion in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts, mitigate surprise bills, and fund expiring health care programs.

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The final judgement, in favor of America's Essential Hospitals, does not indicate how the Department of Health and Human Services should remedy unlawful payment reductions to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program in 2018 and 2019.

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The retrospective study used AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data from 2011 to 2015 to estimate the effects of Medicaid coverage expansion on hospital utilization rates, costs, and patient illness severity.

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The expansion, which takes effect in 2020, applies to low-income residents ages 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status. The state estimates more than 100,000 undocumented young adults will be eligible for the expanded coverage.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced new payment models through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to promote high-quality, coordinated care for patients with chronic kidney disease.

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The two mandatory payment models will test prospective episode-based payments for radiation oncology therapy and end-stage renal disease treatment.

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The agency proposes to rescind the requirement due to states' concerns regarding undue administrative burden.

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The $100 million pilot program aims to bring telehealth services to low-income patients, veterans, and areas lacking adequate health care.

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Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce takes an important step toward saving essential hospitals from a fiscal cliff by approving legislation that would eliminate two years of deep cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding.

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Forty-six rising leaders from 22 health systems nationally will explore population health, diversity and inclusion, and health care policy.

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In a July 9 letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that changes to federal housing assistance eligibility requirements could increase housing instability and worsen health outcomes.

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As Congress returns from the July Fourth recess, lawmakers focus on legislation to reduce surprise medical bills and prescription drug costs, as well as extend short-term funding for community behavioral health clinics.

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An expert panel will share the evidence behind current guidance for opioid tapering and how to apply this guidance in practice, as well as case studies and pain management challenges from the field.

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Under the requirement, delayed until October, the address a hospital lists on a claim will have to exactly match agency enrollment records for the hospital to receive payment through the Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

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Hospitals must complete recertification through the Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System by Sept. 16 to remain in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Under five-year demonstration projects, these states are approved to receive Medicaid matching funds for treatment in facilities that qualify as institutions for mental diseases.

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Registration is open for the July 11 webinar, hosted by the National Quality Partners Social Determinants of Health Data Integration Action Team.

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Also last week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions advanced the bipartisan Lower Health Care Costs Act and the House Committee on Ways and Means marked up five Medicare-focused bills.

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An unauthorized person potentially could wirelessly connect to a nearby MiniMed insulin pump and change the pump settings.

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In an unprecedented approach, the state health commissioner authorized paramedics to administer the drug, which is used to treat opioid addiction, directly after reviving patients from an opioid overdose using an antidote.

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The state’s policy allows ride-sharing companies to provide non-emergency transportation services for beneficiaries to attend medical appointments.

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New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and education arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, take office July 1.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a $50 million funding opportunity for up to 10 states to aid in treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder.

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Louisiana is the fifth state cleared to pursue value-based purchasing agreements for supplemental rebates with manufacturers through a state plan amendment.

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We thank President Trump for signing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019, which will direct more resources to hospitals and other providers on the front lines of disasters and other public health threats.

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As essential hospitals target social determinants of health in their communities, it is crucial that the Medicaid program continues to evolve to ensure this vital work can continue.

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The administration issued a June 24 executive order addressing hospital price disclosure, quality measurement, data sharing, and the expanded use of health savings accounts.

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America’s Essential Hospitals encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to consider the disproportionately negative financial effect on essential hospitals of certain quality reporting requirements and administrative burden in the Promoting Interoperability Programs.

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A House-passed bill to extend funding for Medicaid programs heads to the Senate; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions introduced the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

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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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Medicaid Summit

Join fellow essential hospital leaders Sept. 23, in Chicago, for this one-day summit to explore Medicaid innovation. This year we offer the popular public policy track and a new track focused on hospital finance.

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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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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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