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EssentialCommunities.org provides a resource for hospitals on the journey to community-integrated health care. Learn more about how our hospitals address social and economic factors that influence health, take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, and share a program of your own.

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This funding opportunity will support clinical effectiveness research involving populations at risk for health disparities; the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will issue a full announcement on Jan. 16, 2018.

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Hospitals serving low-income, underserved patients have until Dec. 22 to submit a petition for inclusion on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final 2019 essential community provider list.

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The new document details the use of two Medicare outpatient, claims-based modifiers hospitals will be required to report, starting Jan. 1, for drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Applications will open Jan. 16, 2018, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will hold an informational town hall session for interested applicants on Jan. 29 at noon ET.

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Republican leaders hope to introduce the final tax reform bill early next week; a bill to stop cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program has 130 cosponsors.

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The association emphasized access to essential community providers within qualified health plan networks in its comments on the 2019 draft letter to issuers.

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Though the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends women get mammograms every two years starting at age 50, women surveyed prefer annual mammograms.

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Patients who do not need to be admitted to the hospital are referred to the crisis stabilization unit at Sinai Health's Holy Cross Hospital for behavioral health treatment in a calm, safe space.

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Public policies that address social determinants of health should be promoted whenever possible — including in the current tax debate.

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These snapshots allow health care providers and officials to compare performance with other states and identify areas for improvement.

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The cancellation of three episode payment models and an incentive payment model comes in response to stakeholder feedback about the burden of these models.

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The House and Senate tax reform bills would destabilize hospitals that care for those who face financial hardships by triggering deep cuts to social programs.

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Tax reform legislation heads to a House-Senate conference committee. Meanwhile, a bill to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts could be included in year-end legislation.

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Purpose Built Communities and the East Lake Foundation have worked to transform this neighborhood to a place where individuals can achieve higher education, financial success, and better health outcomes.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges all association members to call their House delegations today and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 4392, a bill that would halt enforcement of a damaging new Medicare policy that cuts Part B payments for 340B drugs by 27 percent.

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The calendar year 2019 draft letter to plans offered through federally facilitated marketplaces also provides deadlines for qualified health plan certification.

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Two paid job training programs give low-income Des Moines, Iowa residents the opportunity to earn a certified nursing assistant license.

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The association encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure that state plans cover essential health benefits and include sufficient access to essential community providers.

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The legislative priorities include a health care extenders package, tax reform, and a long-term funding bill. Also, bipartisan House legislation to halt 340B payment cuts now has more than 50 cosponsors.

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During the Dec. 13 webinar, association member Boston Medical Center will discuss the hospital's substance use disorder treatment initiatives.

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The proposed rule increases flexibility for Medicare Advantage plans and implements the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

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The guidance specifies rate reductions in Medicaid fee-for-service that will not require access reviews by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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The House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the Senate version of the tax reform bill includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

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In response to the request for information, the association encouraged flexibility and a focus on hospitals treating high numbers of complex patients.

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Hospitals that contract with or are owned by state or local government must now identify a government official to attest to the hospital's classification.

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The new guide will help patients understand their mental and behavioral health, navigate treatment options, and find appropriate services.

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Final regulations for Medicare physician payments will increase merit-based payments to account for complex patients, allow physicians to participate in virtual groups, adjust the threshold for defining low-volume practices, and make numerous other changes.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will review December 2017 methodology enhancements and their impact on star ratings in a Nov. 30 webinar.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges all association members to contact their House delegations today and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4392, a bill that would place a permanent moratorium on a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut to 340B hospitals.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) for legislation that would place a permanent moratorium on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy to cut $1.6 billion in Medicare Part B drug reimbursement from 340B hospitals.

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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.