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Essential Hospitals Institute seeks to partner with member hospitals that launched programs to adapt to climate change and improve community health.

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A final rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program overhauls the program and creates a pathway for accountable care organizations to more rapidly transition to performance-based risk models with the potential for greater shared savings.

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As the partial government shutdown enters its fourth week, the House has passed a bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which includes $385 million in annual funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program.

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America's Essential Hospitals praised the administration’s efforts to streamline managed care regulations for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, reduce regulatory burden, and increase state flexibility.

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We now call on the Senate to invest in the nation’s disaster response and public health infrastructure by reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act.

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This collaborative research project will lead to the development of recommendations and best practices for patient-centered care transitions.

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As the partial government shutdown continues, the House this week will consider the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act and a bill to extend funding for the "Money Follows the Person" demonstration program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has launched an online library of resources to help essential hospitals better communicate about cost of care.

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Maine and Michigan join five other states to receive approval for Medicaid work requirements; unlike most other states, Maine's work requirements will apply to both existing beneficiaries and those newly eligible through expansion.

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The new report, released by a public-private task force led by the Department of Health and Human Services, outlines common cybersecurity threats to health care organizations and best practices to counter such risks.

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The 116th session of Congress convenes as leaders seek a deal to end a partial government shutdown, while health care legislation hangs in the balance.

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The association urged the agency to consider the interplay of new policies with existing government programs, such as the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The U.S. District Court's ruling will help ensure the 340B Drug Pricing Program can continue supporting access to affordable health care in our most vulnerable communities.

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The Medicare Shared Savings Program final rule creates a pathway for accountable care organizations to transition more rapidly to performance-based risk.

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The modules are part of a training series based on agency guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

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In a letter to state Medicaid directors, the agency shared 10 opportunities to improve service to individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

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The waiver permits federal reimbursement for short-term stays in institutions for mental disease for individuals with substance use disorders.

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The new guidance recommends that clinicians consider prescribing or coprescribing naloxone to individuals with a high risk of opioid overdose.

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Judge Dan Polster of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio rejected opioid companies’ motion to dismiss hundreds of state and local lawsuits against them, ordering litigation to proceed and for the parties to discuss a potential settlement.

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House and Senate Democratic leaders vowed to pursue legislation to intervene after a judge ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional; negotiations continue on a spending package to fund portions of the federal government before current funding expires on Dec. 21.

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A new association tracker lists grants and demonstration projects available under H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, that will be available to essential hospitals.

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A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas sided with a group of Republican governors and attorneys general in 20 states who argued that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional without the related tax penalty.

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The Department of Health and Human Services released a request for information on ways to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to improve care coordination, promote value-based care, and reduce regulatory burden on providers.

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This profoundly troubling decision threatens to leave millions of Americans — including many with pre-existing conditions — little hope for affordable health care coverage and financial stability.

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Leaders in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin have expressed interest in allowing individuals who cannot afford private health insurance to buy into the Medicaid program if they are otherwise ineligible.

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Essential Hospitals Institute is committed to advancing the field of complex care, especially for hospitals serving a safety-net role. Institute Director Kalpana Ramiah, DrPH, MSc, took part in a recent conference where a new Blueprint for Complex Care was unveiled.

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With telehealth programs at home and abroad, the Charlottesville health system works to improve access to quality care.

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Ahead of the holiday recess, the Senate needs to approve the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovations Act, while both chambers work to finalize a year-end spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown.

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Recent policy changes have drained vital funding and threaten a financial crisis at essential hospitals. Without action by Congress, communities nationwide will lose access to care and vital support services.

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The state’s waiver initially was approved in May, but required a second approval to extend beyond Dec. 31.

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The association urged the Department of Homeland Security to exclude nonemergency Medicaid benefits and low-income subsidies for Medicare Part D beneficiaries from the list of programs considered in public charge determinations.

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The frequently asked questions are about a new requirement, under the fiscal year 2019 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, that hospitals make public a list of their standard charges via the internet.

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Seven new requirements under the National Patient Safety Goals program require hospitals to screen for suicide risk and standardize treatment procedures.

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Hospitals have until Dec. 30 to preview their quality data before it is published on the Hospital Compare website in February 2019.

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Centering Healthcare Institute is requesting proposals for its next round of grant funding to increase access to the CenteringParenting model of family-centered well-child care in federally qualified health centers and community health centers.

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the previous approval, saying the administration failed to adequately assess the waiver's impact on Medicaid’s core objective: to provide health care coverage for beneficiaries.

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President Trump has agreed to sign a short-term extension of government funding for many federal agencies to avoid a partial government shutdown; House Democratic Caucus last week elected leadership for the next session of Congress.

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The association expressed concerns about two disparity methods developed to report readmission rates among patients with social risk factors; the deadline for comments has been extended to Dec. 14.

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The final rule and advanced effective date represent a significant victory for essential hospitals.

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We welcome today’s decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to our lawsuit by issuing a final rule for enforcing 340B Drug Pricing Program ceiling price transparency and civil monetary penalties starting Jan. 1, 2019.

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Volunteer With Us

Do you want to help advance the mission of the association and its members? We invite you to volunteer. We have opportunities for everyone, based on your interest and available time.

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Register For VITAL2019

Register today for the nation’s only conference designed for essential hospitals. VITAL2019 will provide you with the knowledge necessary to keep your hospital on the forefront of innovation.

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Value-Based Care Collaborative

Our new partnership with Premier will help association members manage financial risk for Medicaid, uninsured, and underinsured populations and integrate their work on social determinants of health with value-based care.

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