Skip to Main Content
Don't have an account? Create Account
Loading more articles

A new proposed rule would increase inpatient operating payment rates by 3.2 percent and make other changes to Medicare payment and quality reporting policies. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule until June 24.

view more »

The Office for Civil Rights updated its website with new guidance related to health information technology access rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The guidance is particularly relevant given the push for increased patient access through third-party applications.

view more »

Hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System–Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting, and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs can view their preview reports through May 21.

view more »

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology extended to June 3 the deadlines for commenting on two proposed rules related to interoperability, patient access to health information, and information blocking.

view more »

A letter circulating in Congress calling for a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts has gained more than 110 bipartisan signatures. The president signed a Medicaid extenders package, which includes a provision identical to the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act.

view more »

Reducing preventable readmissions, which often are related to behavioral health conditions, with appropriate and timely care is of paramount concern to the members of Premier and America’s Essential Hospitals.

view more »

CMS finalized the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace and the annual letter to issuers offering plans on the federally facilitated marketplaces for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

view more »

Learn why cultural competency matters during emergencies, explore the potential consequences of being culturally incompetent, and gain resources to help build understanding.

view more »

Hospitals with the greatest proportion of Medicare patients dually eligible for Medicaid had decreased readmissions penalties, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

view more »

A recent webinar shared research findings and tools for health care providers to initiate conversations about cost of medication with vulnerable patients.

view more »

The new Care Coordination Toolkit showcases the work of accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation ACO Model. The agency also released a set of case studies describing innovation ACO initiatives.

view more »

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced notice of intent to apply and application deadlines for a Jan. 1, 2020, start date for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

view more »

Hearings focused on rising drug costs and pricing transparency. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced a measure to bolster consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act. Both chambers will return to legislative business on April 29.

view more »

New data from America’s Essential Hospitals show that persistently high levels of uncompensated and charity care pushed average margins down to one-fifth that of other hospitals in 2017, reflecting financial pressure that could deepen with federal funding cuts this year.

view more »

This annual snapshot of America's Essential Hospitals' membership tells a story about the essential people and communities our members serve.

view more »

America’s Essential Hospitals, in coalition with other national hospital associations, has filed an amicus brief urging the Fifth Circuit to uphold the Affordable Care Act and overturn a Texas district court’s decision declaring the individual mandate and, in turn, the entire law unconstitutional.

view more »

Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pete Olson (R-TX) are circulating a bipartisan letter to their colleagues calling for a two-year delay of an impending $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding.

view more »

Reps. Eliot Engel and Pete Olson are circulating a bipartisan letter to colleagues that calls on House leaders to delay the impending Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding cuts at least two years. We need you to contact your House members immediately and urge them to sign this letter.

view more »

The guidance comes in response to a recent federal court decision striking down a regulation expanding the availability of association health plans.

view more »

Utah joins a growing list of states with approval to implement Medicaid work requirements, but it is the first state to limit enrollment to individuals below the federal poverty level and implement a spending cap.

view more »

Recent laws in Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Virginia require paramedics to transport severe stroke patients directly to a hospital with a comprehensive stroke center licensed to perform thrombectomies.

view more »

The legislation requires the state’s hospitals to make more of their financial information publicly available and calls on the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to develop an annual report on uncompensated hospital costs and expenditures.

view more »

The agency on April 1 launched a long-awaited website that outlines pharmaceutical manufacturers' ceiling prices under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. A recent webinar outlines how covered entities can view this data and report 340B pricing issues.

view more »

The legislation allows states to establish Medicaid health homes to coordinate complex care for children and provides $20 million in additional funding for the "Money Follows the Person" demonstration program, among other provisions.

view more »

The agency in April will randomly select nine Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act–covered entities, including health plans and clearinghouses, for compliance reviews.

view more »

In response to reported hepatitis A virus outbreaks in multiple states, the agency urges health care providers to vaccinate at-risk groups, including people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness.

view more »

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that expanding the availability of association health plans illegally circumvents the Affordable Care Act and violates the intent of federal insurance laws.

view more »

The resources provide clarity on a new requirement that some hospitals billing Medicare for clinical laboratory services report the rates they receive from private payers for these services to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

view more »

The court ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services overstepped its authority and failed to show that work requirements would help promote the purpose of the Medicaid program

view more »

Oklahoma claims that Purdue Pharma and two other pharmaceutical companies understated the benefits and risks of prescription opioids; Purdue has agreed to pay $270 million to settle its part in the lawsuit.

view more »

America’s Essential Hospitals encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to suspend publication of the overall hospital quality star ratings until the agency addresses issues with the underlying methodology.

view more »

Team-based, standardized care can help academic medical centers mitigate barriers to success in population health management.

view more »

The House also will mark up a dozen bills aimed at lowering health care and prescription drug costs. House and Senate committees move forward on work to address surprise billing.

view more »

The recently released 2017 Quality Payment Program Experience Report includes participation and performance statistics for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model tracks.

view more »

Affordable Care Act–mandated reporting requirements for tax-exempt hospitals remain in effect despite ongoing lawsuits and a Senate Finance Committee inquiry.

view more »

In a recent webinar, presenters shared research and tools to break down barriers to having cost conversations with patients.

view more »

This State Policy Snapshot summarizes common state policy approaches to balance billing, also called surprise bills, and the status of related state laws and regulation.

view more »

The recent webinar reviewed publication of 340B Drug Pricing Program ceiling prices and the process by which covered entities can report 340B pricing issues.

view more »

America's Essential Hospitals reviews examples of state-led litigation and state legislation regarding various coverage-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

view more »

The report includes recommendations on several issues of importance to essential hospitals, including hospital inpatient and outpatient services, hospital quality incentive programs, and alternatives to opioids.

view more »

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.

view more »

Essential Data

Our annual membership profile shows essential hospitals continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients, and train more physicians than other U.S. hospitals.

view more »

Volunteer With Us

As a member of the essential hospitals community, we invite you to volunteer. We have opportunities for everyone – from long-term, strategic leadership positions to short-term, project-based activities.

view more »