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The project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, dovetails with work at America’s Essential Hospitals to combat structural racism. It also will contribute to the association’s response to the ongoing hospital workforce crisis.

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An FDA committee will vote on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine, while CDC unveils two trackers for COVID-19, flu, and RSV–related hospital and emergency department visits.

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The association supports HHS' work to align the rule more closely with HIPAA regulations, which will improve care coordination and mitigate discrimination.

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In a new podcast series by a physician at association member NYC Health + Hospitals, Beth Feldpush, DrPH, the association's senior vice president of policy and advocacy, unpacks the complex patchwork of payments that keep essential hospitals afloat. 

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House and Senate lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week to find regular legislative business overshadowed by a growing partisan debate about the nation's debt limit and spending on Medicare, Social Security, and other federal programs.

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) seeks community input on opportunities to develop and support the PCOR workforce and offers a grant alongside AHRQ to support Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research Centers.

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Working with Essential Hospitals Institute and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, George Mason University will offer virtual Mental Health First Aid trainings for health care workers.

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Researchers at UW Medicine developed the nanoparticle technology behind a revolutionary RSV vaccine that has so far demonstrated a positive immune response during clinical trials.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) last week determined party representation ratios for the committees on Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and Ways and Means.

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The National Institutes of Health launches the Home Test to Treat program; FDA and CDC report a COVID-19 vaccine safety concern for those ages 65 and older.

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America's Essential Hospitals and other plaintiffs had asked the judge to order an immediate repayment in full for five years of underpayments to 340B hospitals.

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A CMS letter to state Medicaid directors clarifies how in lieu of services (ILOS) can be used to mitigate health disparities, limits ILOS expenditures, and adopts documentation and review requirements.

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The association supports CMS' work to simplify enrollment and asks the agency to ensure equitable access to beneficiaries’ preferred health care providers.

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Prioritizing hospitals in health professional shortage areas, CMS awarded residency slots to 100 hospitals, including 27 essential hospitals.

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Effective Jan. 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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FDA and CDC say Evusheld is unlikely to neutralize the XBB.1.5 subvariant, and a CDC report indicates COVID-19 vaccination in children and adolescents is highest among Asian and Hispanic youth. 

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We are disappointed the district court gave the Department of Health and Human Services discretion in how to remediate the department’s unlawful payment cuts for 340B hospitals.

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After the omnibus bill decoupled Medicaid redeterminations from the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS updates key redetermination dates.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is elected speaker on the 15th vote after a dramatic and, at times, chaotic week in the House. America's Essential Hospitals pursues essential hospital designation on Capitol Hill.

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Medicaid and CHIP coverage of interprofessional consultation is permissible as long as the consultation is for the beneficiary's direct benefit.

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Registration is open now for the two Climate Change and Cardiovascular Disease Collaborative webinars on Jan. 12, at noon ET, and Feb. 9, at noon ET.

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FDA approves the use of Actemra, a monoclonal antibody treatment, as COVID-19 cases caused by the XBB.1.5 subvariant of SARS-CoV-2 spike.

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Senators were sworn in Jan. 3, but as of midday, Jan. 4, the House remained deadlocked over a vote for speaker and cannot swear in new members or conduct committee business until the stalemate is resolved.

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The report summarizes responses to a 2022 request for information, which focus on eligibility and enrollment, access to hospital services, and payment.

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The $1.66 trillion package would extend funding for government operations through Sept. 30, 2023, including $120.7 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, $9.9 billion more than the FY 2022 enacted level, and numerous provisions important to essential hospitals.

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The proposed rule updates essential community provider requirements for qualified health plans and adds a special enrollment period for those disenrolled from Medicaid or CHIP.

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The bill includes funding to bolster the health care workforce and extends flexible telehealth policies, including the hospital at home waiver.

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We thank congressional negotiators for supporting essential hospitals and their communities by agreeing to shore up the health care workforce, expand access to mental health and substance use disorder services, and extend flexibility for alternative care settings.

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Americans again can request four no-cost, at-home COVID-⁠19 tests per address; FDA's vaccine committee will meet in January to develop a long-term strategy.

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A proposed rule will make permanent a temporary policy to allow providers to initiate buprenorphine prescriptions for new patients through telehealth.

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Lawmakers and staff are currently negotiating the final text for a year-end spending package. Targeted, financial assistance for hospitals serving a safety net role is on the table.

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Flexible policies in Oregon and Colorado support health care providers amid a steady increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19.

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The dashboard tracks nonfatal opioid overdoses by state and county and will help service providers target substance use disorder interventions and treatment.

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With no agreement on an omnibus, House majority leaders will introduce a short-term spending bill to fund government operations through Dec. 23.

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CDC expands its recommendation for bivalent COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to 5 years old as health agencies confront low vaccination rates among children.

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Changes in the proposed rule seek to improve care coordination among providers and increase protections for substance use disorder patients to mitigate discrimination during treatment.

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The proposed rule leverages application programming interfaces to exchange health information and automate the provider prior authorization process.

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Citing policy and operational challenges with implementing the administrative dispute resolution process as created in a 2020 final rule, HRSA proposes a less formal ADR process that it believes will be less burdensome for parties submitting claims.

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Lawmakers rush to complete work on the National Defense Authorization Act and a fiscal year 2023 funding package before the end of the 117th Congress. 

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Hospitals that fill a safety net role need targeted funding to remain on the front lines of public health emergencies and serve the nation’s most underrepresented patients and marginalized communities.

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Spring Policy Assembly

Our first Policy Assembly during the 118th session of Congress will provide an opportunity for essential hospital leaders to engage with newly elected members of Congress and communicate the importance of key health care policy priorities.

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Annual Membership Profile

Essential Data 2022: Our Hospitals, Our Patients includes infographics and narrative stories throughout the report to document the vital role essential hospitals play, including front-line leadership in times of greatest need, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tour Population Health Programs

Visit EssentialCommunities.org to learn how our hospitals target social and economic factors to improve health. Take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, discover new resources, and share your programs.

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