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In an Aug. 16 bulletin, the agency announced it has decreased approval times for state plan amendments and Section 1915 waivers through a process improvement strategy and will continue efforts to streamline the waiver approval process.

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A proposed rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program would overhaul participation tracks to create a "glide path" along which accountable care organizations could transition from a rewards-only model to a two-sided model with risk and the potential for greater rewards.

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Senate leaders hope to pass by Labor Day legislation to appropriate funds for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments; a Senate committee will examine Medicaid fraud.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule for Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for FY 2019 increases inpatient operating payment rates and Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments.

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The new Food and Drug Administration draft guidance encourages researchers to consider a broader set of outcomes when approving new drugs for medication-assisted treatment, including a reduction in relapse overdoses and rates of disease transmissions.

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The agency will not convene a proposed task force to reduce environmental risks associated with the care of psychiatric inpatients, opting instead to use findings from The Joint Commission special report on suicide prevention in health care settings.

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A new proposed rule would create a pathway for accountable care organizations to more rapidly transition to performance-based risk.

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The resources include a 12-step guide for reducing readmissions and a bilingual guide to aid patients and caregivers following discharge from the hospital.

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Abstracts should show the results of work to improve health or health care at a local, regional, or national scale.

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Front-line staff engagement, patient empowerment, and collaboration were key themes in our VITAL2018 sessions focused on innovation and adaptation.

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The toolkit, released as part of National Immunization Awareness Month, includes sample news releases and articles, social media content, and media outreach tools.

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Congress is expected to consider legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, fund the Department of Health and Human Services, and enable federal response to pandemic threats.

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The confidential reports, available Aug. 24, will allow hospitals to review two disparity methods that assess performance for patients with social risk factors.

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Under the final rule , short-term, limited-duration insurance plans can be issued for up to 12 months, with a maximum duration of 36 months after renewals and extensions.

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This training details approaches to controlling antibiotic resistance in health care settings; participants must sign up for a free Medscape account.

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The special open-door forum aims to educate prescribers on federal resources and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.

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The final rule increases Medicare inpatient payment rates to acute care hospitals by 1.85 percent, revises electronic health record requirements, and changes the payment adjustment methodology for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

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With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Essential Hospitals Institute will research best practices for building patient trust in hospitals that fill a safety-net role.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules for calendar year 2019 that would expand site-neutral payment policies and continue Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to 304B hospitals.

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America’s Essential Hospitals won two gold awards and an honorable mention in the 2018 dotCOMM Awards for excellence in web creativity and digital communication.

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Hospitals have until Aug. 25 to preview their quality data before publication on the Hospital Compare website in October.

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The year-long intensive program, offered by the Center for Community Investment, trains rising executives in the leadership skills needed to help disadvantaged communities.

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Senate action on opioid legislation has been delayed by the debate over the Supreme Court nomination and what to include in the final package; Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators likely will consider opioid legislation after the August recess.

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The waivers allow each state to create a reinsurance program to lower premiums in the individual market; the waivers will take effect in 2019 and are approved through 2023.

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A vaccine developed in part by UTMB professor Thomas Geisbert, PhD, helped contain a recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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This second segment of a no-cost, online training course focuses on outpatient antibiotic stewardship and communicating with patients; participants can receive up to eight hours of continuing education credit.

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Leaders from Christiana Care Health System, in Wilmington, Del., and The MetroHealth System, in Cleveland, shared at VITAL2018 how their hospitals have tackled the opioid crisis.

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Several presentations on clinical leadership at VITAL2018, our annual meeting, highlighted key insights for clinical leaders at essential hospitals.

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A new proposed rule for Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System would broaden the scope of cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to off-campus provider-based departments; it also contains provisions related to quality reporting and transparency.

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The rule would make bad policies worse, impose draconian new cuts that jeopardize access to care, and undermine the foundation of the nation's health care safety net.

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Our Hospitals, Our Patients

America’s Essential Hospitals’ annual membership profile finds that essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients on average than other U.S. hospitals.

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Medicaid Summit

Join fellow essential hospital leaders in Chicago at this one-day summit to explore opportunities to advance innovation in Medicaid and discuss the national outlook for the program.

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Protect 340B

The pharmaceutical industry’s campaign to kill the 340B Drug Pricing Program is designed to take your attention away from the real problem: the inflated prices these companies alone set. Don’t take the bait.

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