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FDA now urges COVID-19 test developers to take traditional premarket review pathways, and HHS will cover the cost of 60,000 bebtelovimab doses.

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On Sept. 30, Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 16. The legislation also continues several federal health programs through that same date and extends U.S. Food and Drug Administration user fees for five years.

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In a new Forefront commentary, the association's current, immediate past, and incoming board chairs say essential hospitals’ indispensable role, unique characteristics, and financial fragility argue for recognizing them as a distinct class in public health and policymaking.

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The new final rule narrows the types of benefits considered in public charge determinations by excluding nonemergency Medicaid and other in-kind benefits that were in the 2019 final rule.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges HHS to codify a nondiscrimination standard and establish nondiscrimination training for all health care workers.

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A federal district court ruled that HHS must pay hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program the full Medicare Part B drug payment rate for the remainder of calendar year 2022.

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CDC updates guidance on infection control for health care personnel and staff shortages, as well as its global pandemic response strategy.

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AHRQ published a primer detailing how hospitals and health systems can reduce their carbon footprint and protect communities from climate threats.

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Bipartisan legislation to fund the government through mid-December saw progress with a deal to reauthorize FDA user fee programs, but obstacles remain to a final bill before the Sept. 30 end of the current fiscal year.

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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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The new data on essential hospitals comes in the association’s annual snapshot of its members, Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients.

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Hennepin Healthcare, in Minneapolis, ensured optimal Paxlovid access by utilizing a local courier service and taking a proactive approach to medication safety.

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The roadmap implements the three pillars of the President's March 2022 Strategy to Address our National Mental Health Crisis.

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A dozen award-winning hospital programs to improve quality, population health, and combat COVID-19 are featured in a new illustrated guide from America’s Essential Hospitals. 

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This guide documents the exceptional work by essential hospitals to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities they serve.

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CDC reports lower in-hospital mortality rates from the omicron variant, providers have until Sept. 30 to report period 3 Provider Relief Fund spending.

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HHS seeks input on the No Surprises Act's advanced explanation of benefits and good faith estimate requirements for insured individuals; comments are due Nov. 15.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS to swiftly restore full Medicare Part B drug payment rates for hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and define a select group of hospitals with a safety net mission.

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Congressional negotiators are holding closely the details of talks on short-term legislation expected to extend government funding through mid-December and avert a shutdown at midnight, Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

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The Biden administration encourages organizations to commit to working toward its goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030.

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The Biden administration's fall plan to manage the COVID-19 pandemic includes securing millions of updated vaccines and additional at-home, rapid tests; ensuring vaccine access for higher-risk Americans; and fostering community conversations about updated vaccines.

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Lawmakers are working to balance Democrats' calls for more COVID-19 and Monkeypox funding under a continuing resolution with Republicans' demands for a "clean" bill to fund the government through the November midterm elections.

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The agency requests information on health care access and equity, provider experiences, and the effect of policies introduced in response to COVID-19.

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The association urged CMS to adequately reimburse off-campus, provider-based departments; refine physician quality reporting; and codify a definition of essential hospitals.

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A September continuing resolution provides a potential legislative vehicle for health policy provisions. We summarize key workforce priorities and actions from Congress, the administration, and the association.

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CDC recommends updated Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccines that target the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of SARS-CoV-2.

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The Biden administration requests an additional $47 billion in emergency funding in the continuing resolution, including $22.4 billion to fight COVID-19; Congress must reauthorize the FDA user fee program by Sept. 30.

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Isabella McCune and Jason Nelson, burn survivors treated at essential hospital Valleywise Health, in Phoenix, proved that anything is possible after recovery and climbed Africa's highest mountain with the very team that saved their lives.

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An Aug. 31 CMS proposed rule aims to streamline Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and ensure continuous coverage throughout the renewal process.

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CMS on Aug. 29 finalized its decision to delay indefinitely implementation of the Radiation Oncology Model, which was scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2023.

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No-cost, at-home COVID-19 tests no longer will be offered through the United States Postal Service, CDC releases a fall vaccination plan, and FDA warns prescribers about Paxlovid drug interactions.

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In a new state policy brief, America’s Essential Hospitals outlines opportunities to expand the health care workforce through Medicaid graduate medical education funding.

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The Department of Homeland Security finalized a rule codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with some limited changes.

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The annual 340B Drug Pricing Program recertification period for hospitals began Aug. 24. Hospitals will have until Sept. 19 to complete the process.

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Pfizer applies for emergency use authorization for its omicron-specific booster vaccine, the National Healthcare Safety Network will take over hospital data reporting, and CMS tells hospitals to brace for the public health emergency's end.

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The rule finalizes disclosure requirements for the qualifying payment amount and select provisions for the related independent dispute resolution process.

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Lawmakers return to their states and districts for August recess following last week's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill includes provisions of note for essential hospitals, including those to extend Affordable Care Act subsidies and fight climate change.

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Notable for essential hospitals, the bill contains an extension of Affordable Care Act advance premium tax credits, and historic drug pricing provisions that give the federal government power to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.

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The Inflation Reduction Act preserves access to affordable health care coverage and takes historic steps to fight climate change but it falls short of providing the support essential hospitals need as front-line providers during public health crises.

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CDC updated its COVID-19 safety guidelines, FDA warned of false negative test risks, and bebtelovimab will transition to the commercial marketplace.

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Annual Membership Profile

Essential Data 2022: Our Hospitals, Our Patients includes infographics and narrative stories throughout the report to document the vital role essential hospitals play, including front-line leadership in times of greatest need, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Leadership Development

Apply today for the Essential Women’s Leadership Academy, a 10-month leadership development program designed to build a community of confident and empowered women executives who lead essential hospitals.

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2022 Gage Awards Guide

America’s Essential Hospitals proudly presents Excellence and Innovation in Care: The 2022 Gage Awards, an illustrated guide to programs the association recognized with annual member awards for achievements in quality, population health, and COVID-19 care.

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