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The rate of Americans without health insurance was 8.5 percent in 2018, up from 7.9 percent the previous year.

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The continuing resolution averts the imminent and deeply damaging $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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A U.S. District Court judge has invalidated a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy that made a $380 million payment cut this year to off-campus, provider-based departments previously exempt from site-neutral reductions.

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The U.S. District Court’s ruling that the government overstepped its authority by cutting payments to hospital outpatient clinics is a victory for vulnerable patients and an important step toward protecting access to care in underserved communities.

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The tools include trainings and resources to help providers, patients, and health care organizations engage in cost of care conversations.

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DSH cuts will start Oct. 1 without congressional action; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to introduce a drug pricing proposal; the House considers a stopgap government funding measure.

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Beginning in April 2020, hospitals with multiple service locations must accurately enter the address of their off-campus, provider-based departments.

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Facilities located in areas designated as emergency or major disaster areas will be exempt from provisions of Medicare quality reporting programs.

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States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw higher prescribing rates for medication-assisted treatment than nonexpansion states.

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America's Essential Hospitals warns the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that its proposal will weaken federal oversight of Medicaid payment rates and undermine beneficiary access to care.

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An amicus brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by America's Essential Hospitals and five other national hospital associations highlights how the Department of Homeland Security public charge final rule would harm hospitals and patients.

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While essential hospitals recognize the value of patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research, social risk factors and limited resources can impede the use and development of these tools.

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Lawmakers must act before Oct. 1 to stop the $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, extend expiring health care programs, and fund government operations for fiscal year 2020.

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The no-cost workshop will explore the benefits and challenges of promoting upstream interventions to improve population health and health equity.

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The agency is waiving program requirements and suspending enforcement activities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.

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Researchers at The Ohio State University invite clinicians to participate in an online survey about patients’ capacity to engage in health care.

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The proposed rules would revise Part 2 provisions to facilitate better care coordination and make technical corrections regarding court-authorized disclosures.

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The Opelika, Ala., hospital provides housing, mental health support, and hope to those affected by a tornado that devastated the community in March.

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Leaders from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems shared how data collection helped member hospitals reduce health disparities and provide culturally competent care.

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New guidance from the National Governors Association includes comprehensive approaches states may consider to confront aspects of surprise medical billing.

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Funding will support the State Opioid Response Grant Program and a cooperative agreement to help state and local governments track overdose data.

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Covered entities that fail to complete recertification will be removed from the 340B program for a minimum of one quarter.

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The agency urges health care providers to use duodenoscopes with disposable endcaps to simplify cleaning and reduce contamination.

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America's Essential Hospitals urged the agency to leverage a new pilot program to expand telehealth services in communities essential hospitals serve.

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Two rising quality leaders will work directly with National Quality Forum leadership to gain exposure to the federal quality improvement and policy realms.

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Merit-based Incentive Payment System participants can request a targeted review of their performance feedback and final score if they find an error in their 2020 payment adjustment calculation.

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Essential hospitals are an important resource to help patients determine their eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs.

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The program integrates clinical pharmacists and teleretinal screenings into routine primary care, in addition to using peer mentorship and a mobile app for diabetes management.

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For the first time since 2007, the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program declined in 2018.

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While the rules help remove barriers to care coordination, the association calls to fully align Part 2 with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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The guidance follows a May 23 presidential memorandum calling for increased enforcement of laws related to individuals sponsoring immigration applicants.

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Two proposed rules aim to remove barriers to care coordination and facilitate information sharing for providers treating patients with substance use disorders.

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In a VITAL2019 session, speakers from Navicent Health discussed their organization’s plan to identify health disparities and build community partnerships.

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The report includes resources for health care providers and profiles antibiotic stewardship efforts at association members Atrium Health and Denver Health.

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The Department of Homeland Security finalized a proposed rule that expands the definition of “public charge” in immigration application determinations to include additional types of public benefits and new immigration applicant categories.

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An NEJM Catalyst article assesses four public hospital quality reporting programs' ability to classify hospital performance.

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The ruling reinstates a 2017 final rule requiring that audits include payments from Medicare and commercial payers when calculating the hospital-specific disproportionate share hospital funding limit.

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The agency plans to update the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings methodology in 2021 and will host a Sept. 19 listening session to seek stakeholder feedback.

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Infants born to mothers taking naltrexone to treat opioid use disorder developed no signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome while hospitalized.

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An Aug. 2 final rule for Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2020 will increase inpatient operating payments and Medicare disproportionate share hospital funding and make changes to electronic health records use and quality reporting programs.

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Medicaid Summit

Join fellow essential hospital leaders Sept. 23, in Chicago, for this one-day summit to explore Medicaid innovation. This year we offer the popular public policy track and a new track focused on hospital finance.

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Fall Policy Assembly

Join us Oct. 22-23 in Washington, D.C. to gain valuable intelligence from policy experts and communicate to Congress the importance of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding, 340B, and more.

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Population Health Workshop

Essential Skills for Population Health Leaders is a two-day workshop Oct. 3-4 designed to help population health leaders effectively communicate about and manage social determinant improvement efforts.

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