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EssentialCommunities.org provides a resource for hospitals on the journey to community-integrated health care. Learn more about how our hospitals address social and economic factors that influence health, take a virtual tour of population health programs nationwide, and share a program of your own.

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The guidance specifies rate reductions in Medicaid fee-for-service that will not require access reviews by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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The House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the Senate version of the tax reform bill includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

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In response to the request for information, the association encouraged flexibility and a focus on hospitals treating high numbers of complex patients.

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Hospitals that contract with or are owned by state or local government must now identify a government official to attest to the hospital's classification.

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The new guide will help patients understand their mental and behavioral health, navigate treatment options, and find appropriate services.

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Final regulations for Medicare physician payments will increase merit-based payments to account for complex patients, allow physicians to participate in virtual groups, adjust the threshold for defining low-volume practices, and make numerous other changes.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will review December 2017 methodology enhancements and their impact on star ratings in a Nov. 30 webinar.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges all association members to contact their House delegations today and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4392, a bill that would place a permanent moratorium on a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut to 340B hospitals.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) for legislation that would place a permanent moratorium on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy to cut $1.6 billion in Medicare Part B drug reimbursement from 340B hospitals.

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The Finance Committee's "chairman's mark" is similar to a House bill, but forgoes many House provisions of particular concern to essential hospitals.

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The updated standards focus on collaboration between health care providers and emergency management officials in the community.

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In a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, Administrator Verma also announced an initiative to create scorecards for Medicaid and CHIP outcomes.

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Both the House and Senate versions of the bill contain several provisions of concern to essential hospitals. This Action Update details the status of these issues in both versions.

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The lawsuit argues that the 340B provisions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ outpatient prospective payment system rule violate the Social Security Act and should be set aside under the Administrative Procedure Act as unlawful and in excess of the HHS Secretary’s statutory authority.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will observe Antibiotics Awareness Week with a Twitter chat and webinar on Nov. 16.

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The test, which uses epigenetics instead of targeting a specific tumor to detect cancer, could be simpler and more cost-effective than existing screenings.

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The bill delays disproportionate share hospital payment cuts for two years; House Republicans consider repealing the individual mandate through tax reform.

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America’s Essential Hospitals is closely reviewing the final rules and pursuing strategies to protect our members from these devastating cuts. Key aspects of the recently released final rules are summarized in this Action Update.

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Senate legislation does not include a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts. Contact your senators today and insist they take immediate action on legislation that is consistent with the House package and includes at least a two-year delay of disproportionate share hospital cuts.

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The Quality Payment Program combines and replaces three separate clinician quality programs with a single system for clinicians that bill Medicare Part B.

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The rule includes additional cuts to new off-campus, provider-based departments (PBDs), as well as physician payment and quality program changes.

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Due to technical difficulties, the new 340B recertification period will run through Dec. 6; hospitals that already started the process must restart.

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An agency bulletin instructs states on how to seek approval for state-directed payment arrangements and distinguishes directed payments from other payment models.

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The vote moves us a step closer to protecting funding for hospitals that care for uninsured and underinsured patients and to preserving access to care for our nation’s children. America's Essential Hospitals now calls on the Senate to act in bipartisan fashion to do the same.

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The proposed rule would expand the role of states in administering marketplace plans and give states additional flexibility to define essential health benefits.

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The commission supports a national curriculum for opioid prescribers and state waivers to eliminate the Medicaid institutions for mental disease exclusion, among other recommendations.

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In a Nov. 2 Federal Register notice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted final DSH allotments for FY 2015 and preliminary allotments for FY 2017.

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CMS announced a new streamlined process to encourage state innovation through demonstrations and approved new demonstrations for New Jersey and Utah.

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The final rule puts expansion of services further out of reach for underserved communities and threatens access to care where access is needed most.

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The rule cuts 340B Drug Pricing Program payments by $1.6 billion and requires hospitals to use modifiers to identify 340B drugs in Medicare claims.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously had extended the revision deadline to Oct. 31, following numerous changes to the worksheet S-10.

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The final rule's cuts to Medicare Part B drug payments to 340B hospitals jeopardizes health care access for millions of low-income individuals and families nationwide and weakens the ability of essential hospitals to provide vital services to communities.

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Two Essential Women's Leadership Academy alumnae reflect on their experiences in this biennial training program that builds empowered hospital executives.

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The emergency declaration expands telemedicine services to treat addiction and opens up the Public Health Emergency Fund, among other actions to combat the opioid crisis.

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The quality measure data update excludes Hospital Compare overall star ratings, which will refresh beginning Nov. 3.

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The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act extends Children's Health Insurance Program funding for five years and delays cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments for two years.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks House leaders for supporting vulnerable patients and essential hospitals with a proposed two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding cuts.

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Orlando Regional Medical Center has turned the June 2016 nightclub shooting into an opportunity to help other hospitals and communities prepare for, and recover from, mass casualty events.

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These awards will support antibiotic resistance research with a focus on the human microbiome, environmental settings, and health care settings.

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Shifting from condition-specific to hospitalwide measures in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program would significantly increase penalties for hospitals with many vulnerable patients.

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A bipartisan Senate bill would fund cost-sharing reduction payments; Congress has yet to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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The end of cost-sharing reduction subsidies poses an imminent threat to those who depend on marketplace plans. America’s Essential Hospitals thanks Sens. Alexander and Murray for their bipartisan leadership to create more certainty in the individual market.

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Staff at University of Missouri Health Care designed an intervention using health information technology that reduced unplanned heart failure readmissions by nearly half after only nine months.

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America's Essential Hospitals has compiled relevant immigration resources to inform essential hospitals about the rights of patients and providers.

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In its comments, America’s Essential Hospitals recommended that CMS finalize the cancellation of the mandatory episode payment models, work with stakeholders to develop voluntary models, and more.

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The move jeopardizes coverage for millions of working Americans, could substantially raise premiums for those who remain in marketplace plans, and could increase uncompensated care costs at essential hospitals.

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The five-year demonstration project, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, aims to strengthen substance use disorder care for state Medicaid beneficiaries.

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates premiums will increase 20 percent by 2018 and the uninsured population will increase by 1 million; 19 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit arguing that withholding the payments violates current law.

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From Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will raise awareness about antibiotic resistance through a Twitter chat and new infographic.

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The fellowship, based at Harvard University, is designed to prepare physician-leaders to improve health system capacity and promote policies and practices to improve access to care for minority, disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' frequently asked questions document clarifies aspects of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity final rule for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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The document explains hospital payment adjustments under the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; adjustments are applied as a reduction to the hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System percentage increase for FY 2018.

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The Buffalo, N.Y., hospital took a creative approach to animal-assisted therapy by inviting two Shetland ponies, Quinton and Lilly, to visit patients.

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Ending the government’s cost-sharing subsidies to insurers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace won’t fix the law’s shortcomings or move us closer to a workable alternative. It only will destabilize the insurance market and drive costs higher for patients who can least afford increases.

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Interpersonal violence is considered a social determinant of health; several association members have worked to reduce such violence as part of community-integrated health care.

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Essential hospitals use naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug, to fight the growing opioid crisis; the association will host an Oct. 17 webinar on navigating the opioid crisis at essential hospitals.

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Hospitals will have until Nov. 21 to complete the recertification process through the new Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System.

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Senate and House bills to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program are similar, but the House version includes a one-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts.

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A new website launched by Essential Hospitals Institute can help hospitals evaluate their community’s greatest needs to determine where population health efforts will be most valuable.

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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.