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The Department of Labor has issued a final rule expanding the definition of "employer" for purposes of establishing association health plans.

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The annual report from America's Essential Hospitals shows the association's members provided disproportionate levels of uncompensated care, charity care, and physician training in 2016.

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

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Contact your delegation and urge them to vote in favor of the IMD CARE Act and the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act.

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Modeled on a program developed at essential hospital St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, N.J., the Alternatives to Opioids bill is one of 25 opioid-related bills the House passed last week.

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The Partnership For Disaster Health Response grant offers $6 million for two partnerships to improve disaster readiness and response across the delivery system.

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This finalized rule provides flexibility in determining episode spending for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model participating hospitals affected by a major disaster, such as a hurricane or wildfire.

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A blog post and road map highlight the agency's approach to the crisis, including prevention of new opioid use disorder cases and use of data to target prevention and treatment.

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Research, led by the University of Kentucky and supported by Essential Hospitals Institute, found that outcomes most important to patients and families are preparedness, accountability, and feeling cared for by providers.

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Letters of intent for this funding opportunity must be submitted by June 28 at 5 pm ET, and full applications are due Sept. 25 at 5 pm ET.

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Responding to concerns raised by America’s Essential Hospitals and other stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced it will postpone the July public release of overall hospital star ratings.

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The reports will focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and/or management of a specific condition; individual procedure, treatment, or technology; or organization or financial strategy.

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The agency says postponing the July release will allow additional time to analyze the impact of changes to some measures.

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The bill would bring relief to essential hospitals and their patients from damaging Medicare outpatient payment cuts and much-needed accountability for manufacturers in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The June 19 webinar features a patient perspective on environmental disinfection in dialysis stations, along with strategies for enacting best practices.

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An informational bulletin outlines the role of Medicaid in the care of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, while a letter to state Medicaid directors offers guidance on funding Medicaid technology to combat the opioid crisis.

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The June 19 webinar will explore the 2016 final rule on emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care providers, along with 1135 waivers.

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The House aims to complete voting by the July Fourth recess, but Senate work on opioid legislation likely will continue into August amid a shortened recess.

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Amid a critical drug shortage, manufacturer Hospira released special handling instructions for lots of Carpuject Luer Lock Glass Syringe products that potentially could contain cracked needle hubs and particulate.

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The first Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program scorecard is intended to increase public transparency and accountability in the two programs.

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Lawmakers previously aimed to pass an opioid package by Memorial Day; Committee hearings focus on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the president's blueprint to lower drug prices.

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The Between Us program at Hennepin Healthcare ensures that adolescent confidentiality is protected in electronic health records.

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This is the latest of several delays of a rule that provides guidance on the calculation of ceiling prices and imposes civil monetary penalties on manufacturers who knowingly exceed them.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding aims to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, as well as to decrease illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse.

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The delay enables manufacturer overcharges that jeopardize access to affordable drugs for vulnerable patients and drive up costs for hospitals.

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The funding will be awarded for research on patient safety improvements in perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric care in routine hospital and intensive care settings.

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The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, which includes $385 million annually for the Hospital Preparedness Program, has been cleared for consideration on the Senate floor; Congress aims to vote on opioid package before the July Fourth recess.

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To ensure Medicaid beneficiaries' access to quality care, America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS not to issue access monitoring review exemptions to states with high managed care penetration.

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The dashboards, which show spending for drugs purchased in Medicaid and Medicare Parts B and D, for the first time include data on year-over-year price increases for individual drugs.

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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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Federal Action Network

Members: Join our new community focused on federal politics and policymaking. The FAN lets you engage directly with our advocacy work and stay on top of legislative and regulatory issues that matter most to your hospital.

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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.