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The Senate needs 60 votes to avoid a filibuster and pass the continuing resolution. There are only 51 Republicans in the Senate, and several have said they won’t vote for the bill in its current form.

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Under the new payment model, a single bundled payment will cover services furnished by various providers across care settings. Participants can earn additional payment if they reduce costs over the course of a beneficiary’s 90-day episode of care while meeting quality benchmarks.

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We commend the House for funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but regret lawmakers chose not to extend the same support to hospitals at the center of our health care safety net.

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The harm from disproportionate share hospital cuts is imminent, but not unavoidable. Congress must act immediately to stop the cuts in its next government funding measure.

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Last night, House Republicans released a draft continuing resolution to fund the government through Feb. 16 but it would not delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts. Association members should contact your lawmakers immediately and urge them to include a two-year delay.

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In a Jan. 11 letter to state Medicaid directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services outlined new guidance designed to assist states seeking section 1115 demonstration waivers that include work and community engagement requirements for nondisabled, working-age adult Medicaid beneficiaries.

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As Congress focuses on Jan. 19 funding deadline, America's Essential Hospitals continues pressure to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts. The Trump administration releases guidance on work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

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The agency has found marked progress over a decade in eliminating five health care–associated infections (HAIs), and offers an update on the Department of Health and Human Services' five-year goals to reduce HAIs.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will audit mid-build certifications this year and should complete all audits by December 2018.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the community engagement initiative, often referred to as work requirements, in a Jan. 11 letter and a frequently asked questions document.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an information session and a series of four webinars in the coming weeks to provide information on new opportunities for states.

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This year, there are 124 new participants, including 55 that will take part in the risk-baring Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1+ model; Accountable care organizations now serve 10.5 million Medicare patients, up 1.5 million from 2017.

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The chief executives of 18 of the nation’s largest hospital systems that care for low-income patients asked congressional leaders for a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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The association launched an advocacy and media campaign calling on Congress to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts as part of a long-term government funding measure.

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Researchers discovered two techniques, known as Meltdown and Spectre, that can circumvent data protections and potentially expose data on many computers purchased over the past decade.

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The association is using Capitol Hill advocacy, member mobilization, and advertising to halt current disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and delay further cuts for at least two years.

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Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, medical director of medicine and adolescent psychiatry, traveled to Puerto Rico to donate medication and mental health care to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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The new rule is intended to improve care coordination and better align current rules with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Congress has two weeks to decide what to include in its next spending bill for the federal government. Association members should urge lawmakers to ensure that legislation delays Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts for at least two years.

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The new system streamlines quality reporting through one portal; the data submission period runs from Jan. 2 to March 31.

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Congress returns from recess to focus on long-term solutions after passing a short-term bill to fund the government through Jan. 19; lawmakers push for delay of 340B Drug Pricing Program cuts.

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The guidance defines courtesy discounts, defines when a bad debt is "written off," provides clarity about unpaid coinsurance and deductibles, and more.

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The waiver extensions fund Texas' uncompensated care pool and delivery system reform incentive payment program and provide family planning services for low-income individuals in Mississippi for 10 years.

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District court judge finds that the lawsuit was premature, but he does not rule on the merits of the claim by America's Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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In response to an annual update to the Quality Payment Program, the association called for increased flexibility and risk adjustment for socioeconomic factors.

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Hospitals cannot sustain these losses without scaling back services or closing altogether, especially as the ranks of the uninsured swell with the end of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Congress must immediately halt the cuts when lawmakers return in January.

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America’s Essential Hospitals will continue its fight to stop the onset of these cuts, and have assurances that lawmakers are committed to a two-year delay. We urge Congress to act swiftly to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts when lawmakers return in January.

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The final tax deal includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, Advance Refunding Bonds and Private Activity Bonds.

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While Congress grapples with competing priorities, legislative efforts to stop cuts to Medicare payments for the 340B Drug Pricing Program continue. America's Essential Hospitals urges all association members to contact their delegations today.

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Hospital staff participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will learn how to register, attest, and submit measures using the QualityNet Secure Portal.

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Spring Policy Assembly

We invite you to our spring Policy Assembly, Feb. 27 to 28, in Washington, D.C. This event will connect you with your members of Congress to make the case for protecting Medicaid and other vital support for essential hospitals.

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VITAL2018

Bridge knowledge and success at VITAL2018, our annual meeting, June 20 to 22, in San Francisco. This unparalleled program includes five topical tracks, more than 30 sessions, compelling speakers, and ample networking opportunities.

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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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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.