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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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A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality case study features Denver Health's investment in data, culture, and workforce improvements.

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Eight states prohibit Medicaid coverage for gender reassignment services, while 22 states have policies explicitly prohibiting gender-based discrimination in health care.

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America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concern that changes to nondiscrimination protections will decrease access and worsen outcomes for vulnerable patients, including transgender individuals and individuals with limited English proficiency.

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The final rule revises the criteria that determines whether an individual seeking to enter the country or become a lawful permanent resident could become a public charge.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reduce administrative burden regarding clinical documentation, health information technology, and public health reporting.

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The administration’s final rule on the public charge definition worsens the chilling effect that threatens the health of millions of people by making it more likely they forgo care for themselves and their families to avoid putting their legal immigration status at risk.

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To facilitate multi-payer alignment for ambulance services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will provide an interactive learning system with targeted learning opportunities for state Medicaid programs.

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The agency will reimburse hospitals at least 65 percent of the cost for this innovative cancer treatment.

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America's Essential Hospitals details key provisions of the proposed rules for the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2020.

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The agency now will require hospitals to submit documents supporting the hospital classification they select during 340B Drug Pricing Program registration.

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Developed through research, these tools support respectful, productive conversations about health care costs that often take very little time.

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Proposals for projects to explore interest in social care and identify social risk screening and assistance strategies are due Sept. 30.

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This is the second time since the Great Recession’s onset in 2007 that every state had consecutive quarters of annual economic growth.

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State Medicaid programs spent an estimated $112 billion since 1999 due to opioid misuse and related health consequences.

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The court ruled that the Secretary of Health and Human Services failed to adequately consider the effect of the work requirements on Medicaid coverage.

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Congress began its recess this week and it will continue through September 9. Now is your opportunity to act and protect your hospital and patients.

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In a VITAL2019 session, staff from association member Kings County Hospital Center, in Brooklyn, N.Y., identified signs of a toxic team and strategies for leadership to improve a toxic workplace.

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Proponents are collecting voter signatures in Florida, Missouri, and Oklahoma for 2020 ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid.

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The bipartisan deal averts a $125 billion cut to federal discretionary spending, raises spending caps by $324 billion, and partially offsets costs by extending a 2 percent cut to Medicare provider payments,

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The rule increases inpatient operating payment rates by 3.1 percent, makes other payment and quality reporting policy changes, and estimates a $140 million increase in Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments.

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The refresh includes results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems but does not include overall star ratings.

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This program, part of the MyHealthEData initiative, uses an application programming interface to aggregate claims data for Medicare beneficiaries.

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Health care practices participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs) are more likely than non-ACO practices to use home visits to manage patients who need complex care.

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Through community outreach and the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative, Sinai Health System works to find place-based solutions to gun violence.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule for calendar year 2020 would continue cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to off-campus provider-based departments and introduce new transparency requirements.

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The House advanced a federal budget and debt limit deal before leaving for August recess; the Senate will consider the measure this week. House and Senate committees consider legislation to reduce prescription drug pricing.

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The calendar year 2020 proposed rule includes updates to the Quality Payment Program, a request for information on the creation of Merit-based Incentive Payment System Value Pathways, and other topics of interest to essential hospitals.

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Two informational bulletins outline information on services for infants via residential pediatric recovery centers and a limited exception to the institutions for mental disease exclusion for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder.

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The proposed rule needlessly prolongs the uncertainty, confusion, and harm the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created when it unlawfully cut payments to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Broadlawns Medical Center, in Des Moines, Iowa, recently received an America’s Job Honor Award for its TECH and TEACH workforce development programs.

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Three essential hospitals will join the National Institutes of Health's Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network to research quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder in jails, drug courts, and other criminal justice settings.

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The National Institute on Aging has announced two new funding opportunities to recognize emerging physicians and health professional investigators focused on aging and aging-related diseases; applications are due Oct. 22.

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Americans have repeatedly voiced their desire for policymakers to reduce high health care costs; Congress and the Trump Administration — and even state leaders — have heard their message loud and clear.

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America’s Essential Hospitals and other national hospital associations released a report, based on interviews with hospital patient experience leaders, on modernizing the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey.

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A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report to Congress details an action plan to assist states in providing housing-related support for Medicaid beneficiaries with substance use disorders.

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Covered entities can access the webinar online or via phone on Aug. 14 from 1–2 pm ET.

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The Patient Logistics Center helps coordinate admissions and facilitate transfers among four Broward Health hospitals.

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In the report, America's Essential Hospitals and other national hospital associations call for digitizing the HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey and capturing social determinants of health that affect survey scores.

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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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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.

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