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Participating entities, including 832 acute-care hospitals, will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care to promote value in care delivery.

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A new Health Affairs article links onsite wraparound services to a reduction in hospitalizations and emergency department visits at association member Eskenazi Health.

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Health system leaders are encouraged to share with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation how consumers have changed their organization's practices; stories are due Oct. 24.

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In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, lawmakers are expressing concern that proposed cuts to hospital-based outpatient departments conflict with Congress’ intent for site-neutral payment policy. Essential hospitals should contact House members today and urge them to sign on.

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As midterm elections loom, Congress sent to the president the federal government's first comprehensive policy response to the nation's opioid crisis; a bipartisan House letter questions outpatient payment cuts; and New Hampshire senators introduced surprise billing legislation.

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This yearlong global initiative challenges governments, private industries, and nongovernmental organizations to commit to reducing antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance.

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The agency will publish accrediting organization (AO) performance data, redesign AO validation surveys, and share its annual report to Congress.

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The Oct. 15 webinar will review how to use the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing system to submit cost reports for fiscal years ending on or after Dec. 31, 2017.

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America’s Essential Hospitals is closely reviewing the proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security and evaluating its potential impact on our members. We encourage all members to review the provisions of the proposed rule, provide us feedback, and submit your own comments to the agency.

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Before recessing to campaign for midterm elections, the House wrapped up work on bills to fund several federal agencies, combat the opioid crisis, and fund the Hospital Preparedness Program.

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A new notice makes technical and typographical corrections to the fiscal year 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

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The frequently asked questions clarify the type and format of information that hospitals must post under new requirements finalized in the fiscal year 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule.

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Health care providers can use this interactive tool to compare performance among states, identify areas for improvement, and find models for best practices.

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Essential hospitals MedStar Health, in Washington, D.C., and Christiana Care Health System, in Wilmington, Del., improved communication about patient safety events with a toolkit developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Government Relations Academy alumnae Elisa Hernández and Amy Carta share their experiences in the program and the value of applying new advocacy tools.

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The proposal differs from a previously leaked version and expands the list of public programs for consideration in a public charge determination.

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The discussion draft addresses several patient care scenarios that could lead to surprise billing; Congress is expected to vote this week on reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, government funding for fiscal year 2019, and a bipartisan opioid package.

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Cooperative agreements with seven organizations aim to develop, improve, update, or expand quality measures for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse policies that will result in significant funding cuts to essential hospitals and hinder access to care.

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The Sept. 26 webinar will review requirements for submitting value-based payment approaches as an Other Payer Advanced Alternative Payment Model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

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Elements of the proposal of interest to essential hospitals include targeting emergency preparedness, hospital quality program requirements, infection control, and physical examinations.

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This nine-month fellowship program for clinicians in safety-net settings will focus on reducing medical overuse, such as testing and treatments in which the potential harms outweigh the benefits; applications are due Dec. 3.

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Each face on our website comes with a story that captures the essence of our members’ mission. Four new stories share how essential hospitals help those on the margins of society.

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By creating a strong disincentive to seek care, this rule would force people to forgo medical visits and medications until they are sicker and costlier to treat.

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From energizing hallway conversations to inspiring award presentations, hear what makes VITAL a conference you can’t miss.

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This funding supports initiatives under the agency's Five-Point Opioid Strategy and was distributed in conjunction with Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

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Essential hospital staff are invited to provide feedback on overall hospital quality star rating methodology during an Oct. 4 listening session; the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will use the feedback to inform future methodology updates.

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The American Hospital Association’s good stewardship principles for the 340B Drug Pricing Program demonstrate and affirm the hospital community’s commitment to accountability and transparency for this vital program.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waived program requirements in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued guidance for treating carbon monoxide poisoning in hurricane victims.

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Two senators lead a letter-signing campaign to stop the expansion of hospital outpatient department cuts; in a 99-1 vote, the Senate approves legislation to combat the opioid crisis and is poised to vote on a spending bill for fiscal year 2019.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration data provide a statistical context for the country’s opioid crisis and other behavioral health matters.

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The association urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to adequately reimburse off-campus, provider-based departments and refine physician quality reporting to account for costs of care and the unique needs and patient populations served by essential hospitals.

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Several presentations at VITAL2018 focused on a foundational issue for essential hospitals—finance and payment policy—and provided member insights on topics such as Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, state policy trends in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and digitizing the revenue cycle.

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute focuses on three new areas of interest in this funding opportunity, which supports clinical effectiveness research that seeks to eliminate health care disparities; letters of intent are due Nov. 6.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will accept proposed topics for Evidence-based Practice Center reports through Sept. 21.

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Applications are open for two projects of particular interest to essential hospitals: the Systems for Action research program and the Culture of Health Prize.

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America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and 340B Health filed their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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The Senate is expected to vote this week on a bipartisan legislative package to combat the opioid crisis. The House considers legislation to roll back Affordable Care Act provisions.

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In a blog post, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official notes that providers should consider health equity during emergency preparedness, response, and recovery to ensure disparities are not inadvertently created or exacerbated.

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New data show 472 accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program cared for 9 million program beneficiaries in 2017.

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Our Hospitals, Our Patients

America’s Essential Hospitals’ annual membership profile finds that essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients on average than other U.S. hospitals.

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Postelection Policy Assembly

Policy Assembly will give essential hospitals an opportunity to shape late-breaking health care legislation, as well as lay the foundation for advancing high-priority policy initiatives in the next session of Congress.

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Value-Based Care Collaborative

America’s Essential Hospitals and Premier have partnered to help essential hospitals plan for and succeed in value-based care and payment models. Our new collaborative focuses on Medicaid, uninsured, and underinsured populations.

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