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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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Applications will open Jan. 3, 2019, and applicants are invited to an informational town hall session on Jan. 22 at noon ET.

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More than 1 million eligible clinicians received a neutral or better payment adjustment in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, one of two tracks in the Quality Payment Program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals today published a new online library of guides, videos, infographics, and other tools to help essential hospitals and clinicians talk with vulnerable patients about the cost of care and to incorporate these conversations into the clinical workflow.

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The agency will hold educational webinars to help health care providers understand the new user interface for Hospital Compare preview reports.

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The House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday will hold closed-door votes to elect its leadership team for the next session of Congress; Congress faces several deadlines as lawmakers return from the holiday weekend.

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The proposed rule reflects the agency’s broader strategy to relieve regulatory burden, support state flexibility, and promote transparency and innovation in the delivery of care. We encourage all members to review the proposed rule, give us feedback, and submit your own comments to CMS.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urged the agency to promptly finalize its proposal to move up to Jan. 1, 2019, the effective and implementation date for a final rule on the calculation of ceiling prices for drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals highlighted the unique role essential hospitals play in treating individuals with social risk factors.

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America’s Essential Hospitals encouraged the agency to continue its efforts to reduce regulatory burden at essential hospitals, including through refining Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation.

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Senators of both parties and House Republicans last week began elections for leadership positions in the 116th session of Congress; after the Thanksgiving holiday, lawmakers will continue work to approve a spending bill by Dec. 7.

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As states' Medicaid costs rise with every budget cycle, many are exploring new approaches to manage program spending by targeting rising prescription drug costs.

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Three new Democratic governors have vowed to move forward with Medicaid expansion in their states; Meanwhile, voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah approved Medicaid expansion, while Montana voters rejected an initiative to extend the state's expansion past June 2019.

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Essential hospitals across the country have made commitments to improve antimicrobial stewardship through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge.

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A new demonstration opportunity, which can be carried out through Section 1115 waivers, would allow states to receive reimbursement for services at institutions for mental disease for individuals with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance.

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States have explored both traditional policy levers and novel approaches to manage Medicaid prescription drug costs, and many newly-elected governors have signaled that the issue is a policy priority.

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The Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule final rules for calendar year 2019 expand damaging site-neutral payment policies and continue Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Next steps for both parties include choosing leadership for the next Congress and, for Republicans, accomplishing remaining legislative priorities while they still control all levers of the federal government.

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A Centers for Disease Control & Prevention toolkit provides educational resources and social media messaging for Antibiotics Awareness Week 2018.

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The proposed rule reflects the agency’s broader strategy to relieve regulatory burden, support state flexibility, and promote transparency and innovation in the delivery of care.

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America’s Essential Hospitals examines the multitude of lawsuits local, state, and federal governments are pursuing against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid crisis.

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Vermonters will experience a 23 percent increase in marketplace premiums, while Tennesseans will see a 26 percent decrease; nationally, premiums will decrease 1 percent on average.

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The long-delayed final rule on the calculation of ceiling prices in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, as well as civil monetary penalties on manufactures who knowingly overcharge, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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Wisconsin is the fifth state to receive approval to incorporate work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

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The nature of the Medicaid program means these skyrocketing costs have strained federal and state resources, prompting action through both policy and legislation.

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Colorado's new policy requires certain providers to report the acquisition cost of drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program; Mississippi mandates that certain providers identify 340B-purchased drugs on medical and retail pharmacy claims.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for calendar year 2019 broadens the scope of cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to off-campus provider-based departments; in a statement, the association strongly objected to these additional payment cuts.

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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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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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Government Relations Academy

Over nine months, the 2019 Government Relations Academy will enhance the advocacy skills of government relations professionals at essential hospitals. Applications are currently open.

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