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White House Targets Millennials for Health Coverage

The White House held a summit on increasing health coverage among young adults ahead of the next open enrollment period under the ACA, which begins Nov. 1.

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Antibiotic Resistance: The Biggest Health Threat of Our Time

If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill 10 million people a year and cost the worldwide economy $100 trillion by 2050.

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Parkland, UNM on Preventing and Caring for Sepsis

For Sepsis Awareness Month, in September, we spoke to experts at two member hospitals, Parkland Health & Hospital System and UNM Health Sciences Center, about their efforts to prevent and care for sepsis.

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Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls in Elderly Patients

Recognizing the opportunity for improvement in geriatrics care, association members NuHealth and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital have made falls prevention a priority.

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Pokémon Go Helps Harborview Patients Heal

Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality game, has helped pediatric patients at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center recover from burn injuries.

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New to Waivers or Veteran, this Is the Summit for You

As essential hospitals leaders, we all need to stay on top of the evolving landscape for Medicaid Section 1115 waivers. Medicaid waivers offer a key opportunity to make health care delivery more effective and efficient – and to reduce our uncompensated care burden. Consider our experience in Texas. Over the life of the Texas Health

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Author Discusses Continued Importance of Essential Hospitals

Essential hospitals strive every day to close the health care equity gap and provide quality care to all, including the most vulnerable. A new book, A Spirit of Charity, highlights the important role these hospitals play in the United States health care system. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles

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Essential Women’s Leadership Academy Hosts Inaugural Meeting

Women bring critical perspectives to hospital leadership roles, yet they are significantly underrepresented, especially in CEO positions. America’s Essential Hospitals and its members are committed to reducing this gender gap in hospital leadership. For one, essential hospitals have long worked to promote equity — both in delivery of care and in cultivating leaders who are

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New Book Highlights Essential Hospitals’ Role in U.S. Health Care System

Public hospitals have always played an important role in the United States health care system and their contributions are emphasized in a new book, A Spirit of Charity. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles three members of America’s Essential Hospitals — Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Parkland Memorial Hospital

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Another Grim Reminder of Essential Hospitals’ Role

On July 25, two teenagers were killed and at least 16 other people were injured in the second mass shooting in Florida this summer.

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Medicaid Expansion Could Be Key to Improving Essential Hospitals’ Margins

Georgetown University and Kaiser Family Foundation studies suggest Medicaid expansion might be key to improving financial outcomes for essential hospitals.

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Orlando Health Responds to Mass Shooting

In the wake of the largest mass shooting in the United States, our thoughts are with our member, Orlando Health, as it treats the victims and keeps their family members informed. Nearly 50 people were killed in an Orlando, Fla., LGBT nightclub on the morning of June 12, and more than 50 more were injured in the attack. Orlando

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The 140-Character HCAHPS Survey?

Nearly all members of America’s Essential Hospitals use social media to reach out to their communities. But social media is a two-way street, and essential hospitals also understand the value of social platforms, such as Twitter, to monitor and respond to patient feedback and use those interactions to improve care and the care experience. The

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Essential Hospitals Prepare for Zika Battle

Essential hospitals in Florida, New York and Texas — the three states with the highest incidences of Zika cases as of March 9 — are working to educate patients and providers about the virus before warmer weather brings the potential for a spike in the number of cases. Florida had the highest number of Zika cases

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Heart Racing this Valentine’s Day? There’s an ICD-10 Code for that.

Flowers, jewelry, heart-shaped cookies — all of these things are associated with Valentine’s Day. But they also could land you in the hospital. After several delays, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) went into effect in October 2015 and essential hospitals are ready to use the codes this weekend to diagnose your Valentine’s

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Watching the Big Game? Essential Hospitals Are Watching Out for You

Near or far away from the big game, essential hospitals stand ready to treat Super Bowl fans.

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Essential Hospitals Make Pitch for ACA Enrollment

As Jan. 31 open enrollment deadline looms, association spreads the word about ACA coverage options and tools to assess coverage needs and cost.

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Loss from 9/11 Underscores Importance of Health Care Outreach

The recent passing of a 9/11 survivor is an important reminder of the need for health care outreach and discussion

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Another Big Deal: Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government may legally provide subsidies for health insurance sold via federally run health insurance marketplaces. As everyone watching the news, scanning Twitter, or talking to their colleagues has seen, this is a pretty big deal. It was a 6 to 3 ruling in the King v. Burwell

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Social Equity, Civil Unrest, and Health

Socioeconomic inequalities at root of civil unrest in Baltimore and similar incidents over the past year

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Supreme Court: Providers Can’t Sue States over Medicaid Rates

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion on Armstrong v. Exceptional Child, where the court ruled Medicaid providers cannot sue states for low payment rates and what they should do instead

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Congress Eyes 340B: Surprising Support on Both Sides of Aisle

For now, lawmakers focused on information gathering, better oversight, clarity, and accountability

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The Financial Burden of Cancer: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

A new tool from the University of Chicago aims to help physicians assess and help patients facing financial burdens after a cancer diagnosis.

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Essential Hospitals Do Their Part to Reduce Medical Errors

Amid troubling reports, essential hospitals work diligently to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors – and succeed

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My Day in Court: Oral Arguments for Supreme Court’s Medicaid Case

Justices weigh arguments for allowing providers to sue states over low payment rates – and I was there

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Beyond the Four Walls of the Hospital

Our new online magazine called Walls Down features emotional storytelling covering one core aspect of essential hospitals: specialized, lifesaving services.

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More Heat than Light in Latest Criticism of 340B

Latest critique of 340B disappoints with fiction and unsupported assertions, rather than the plain facts of this important program

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Please Don’t Pass the Salt: World Heart Day 2014

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death, and the burden is only growing. Today, on World Heart Day, we know that CVD is responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year and is projected to cause 23 million deaths per year by 2030. To raise awareness and promote discussion for solutions, the

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How do research and evaluation differ?

Innovations in health care require evaluation to determine impact and success. But what is the difference between conducting an evaluation and researching a program? At Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, staff learned this distinction is important to consider.

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Momentum for Socioeconomic Factors in Quality, Performance Measures

NQF work adds to momentum toward adjusting quality and performance measures for patient sociodemographic factors

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Community Feedback Drives Successful Empowerment Program

To best help the at-risk communities they serve, UCSD Health Sciences took feedback from the community to staff redesign and augment their services.

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Community Empowerment through Health, Education and Research

UCSD Health Sciences several years ago began this journey to elevate community partnerships, benefiting at-risk communities and the organization.

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Taking Action Online and Offline for Medicaid

Action, engagement, and the human story of often technical or financial issues is key to driving education and awareness – learn how Medicaid expansion became personal.

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Implementing and Refining Solutions in Care Delivery

Innovation does not end with implementation – ongoing evaluation and refinement also are key to ensure success.

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The Story of Our History Frames Next Chapter

Through interviews and images, new book and documentary chronicle 33-year history of America’s Essential Hospitals and its transition from National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

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Experimenting with Solutions: Ideate and Prototype

Safety-net organizations face numerous problems, each with many potential solutions. When thinking about solutions, it is helpful to have a framework of innovation. This installment of the blog discusses how to choose between solutions and how to operationalize them.

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Innovating Care Transitions with Digital Apps

This is the fifth blog in a series highlighting how the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is helping patients better navigate their care.

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Essential Hospitals Make Hand Hygiene a Priority

Maintaining good hand hygiene is a key way to prevent the spread of infections. May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, an annual campaign led by the World Health Organization that aims to increase awareness of the role hand hygiene can play in reducing and preventing infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. hospital

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In Spirit of Transparency, Hospitals Post Physician Ratings Online

A recent article published in Kaiser Health News’ “Capsules” blog highlighted the trend of hospitals posting patient ratings of individual physicians on their websites. For decades, many hospitals have surveyed patients about their physicians. America’s Essential Hospitals member University of Utah Health Care was the first hospital to post these surveys on their own website, the

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How to Gather Stakeholder Feedback When Implementing an Innovation

This is the fourth blog in a series highlighting how the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is helping patients better navigate their care. Read part 1, part 2, and part 3. Olive View-UCLA Medical Center recently launched Prospective Action in Care Transitions (ProACT), an initiative that aims to inform patients’ patient-centered medical homes

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Boston Medical Center Remembers Marathon Bombing Victims

As one of the hospitals on the front lines of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, America’s Essential Hospitals member Boston Medical Center (BMC) this year has taken several steps to honor victims of the tragedy. On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and

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How Do You Ensure an Innovation is Effective?

This is the third blog in a series highlighting how the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is helping patients better navigate their care. Read part 1 and part 2. These days, we’re all pressured to prove our efforts are worth the investment. Essential hospitals, or those that serve a safety net role in their communities, are under

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Working Toward Health Equity During Minority Health Month and Beyond

America’s Essential Hospitals supports the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the thousands of individuals on the frontlines across the county to create a nation free of disparities in health and health care. We believe it is critically important to reduce the disproportionately high burden of illness, injury, and premature

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Roots of Disparities in Care Run Deep

Commentary from association president and CEO explores historical roots of care disparities

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A Reason to Hope

As a health care professional who is closer to the end of her career than the beginning, I am prone to view the current state of health care quality as a culmination of decades of strategies, collaborations, regulations, competition, legislative actions, and heuristic thinking swirling madly around the people who rely on us so greatly:

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014: Helping Patients Navigate Their Health

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 2-8), an annual campaign led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) to promote education and raise awareness around patient safety. According to NPSF, this year’s theme, “Navigate Your Health…Safely,” highlights why it is essential to engage patients and consumers in the health care process, regardless of

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Equity in Care Applies to Patient Safety

The commitment and work by America’s Essential Hospitals and its members to improve equity is nothing new. Last week, the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) hosted its third webinar as part of its Health Equity Series. The webinar featured Dr. Alexander Green, who spoke on using TeamSTEPPS communication training to improve patient safety for patients with limited

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