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Essential Insights

Perspectives on essential people, communities, and hospitals

40 Years at the Center of Medicaid

I entered the practice of law in late 1991, amid what turned out to be one of the most consequential policy debates of the last half-century for essential hospitals. America’s Essential Hospitals, then and since, has been at the heart of every major Medicaid national debate.

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Henry Ford Therapeutic Choir Helps Patients Find Their Voices

Henry Ford Health System’s therapeutic choir helps patients with Parkinson’s disease, long-term COVID-19 symptoms, and other conditions regain their voices.

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40 Years of Health Equity

As our association celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back on a long legacy of working to ensure equity in health care, especially for those affected by the public health threat of structural racism.

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Essential Hospitals Support Communities with Disabilities

To recognize Disability Pride Month and the 31st anniversary of Congress passing the Americans with Disabilities Act, we showcase three essential hospital programs to support communities with disabilities.

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Essential Hospitals Have Pride: Improving LGBTQ Care

For 40 years, America’s Essential Hospitals and its members have championed care for underserved communities, including LGBTQ people. As we celebrate Pride Month, the association reflects on members’ efforts to improve care for this population and recent administration actions to support this goal.

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Eskenazi Health Builds Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines with Community Town Halls

Eskenazi Health in February launched a virtual town hall series to share information about the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

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America’s Essential Hospitals: A Washington Leader

Founding member, past board chair, and corporate affiliate member Tom Traylor reflects on the association’s achievements over the past 40 years.

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America’s Essential Hospitals: Together in Tough Times

The community that held members together in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks continues to hold members together today, Christine Capito Burch reflects.

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2021 State Health Policy Priorities

While most states remain consumed by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, state leaders are drafting fiscal year 2021 budgets and shifting focus to rebuilding their economies, improving health equity, and investing in health care infrastructure.

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Essential Hospitals Fight Human Trafficking

Often serving populations targeted by traffickers, essential hospitals are in a unique position to address this problem. Two association members — Henry Ford Health System and Harris Health System — offer examples of education and best practices for identifying and caring for those affected.

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America’s Essential Hospitals and Bipartisan Budget Reconciliation: An Origin Story

Reconciliation and bipartisanship were vital to the origin story of America’s Essential Hospitals and will play a key role in the association’s future.

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Adapting and Partnering: University Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

Leaders from University Health, in San Antonio, share how partnerships, preregistration, and constant adaptation shaped their COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort.

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Essential Hospital UVA Health Advances in CMS Artificial Intelligence Competition

Association member UVA Health System is one of seven finalists in the CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge, which encourages the use of artificial intelligence to predict unplanned admissions and adverse events.

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Essential Hospital Leaders Found ‘Get Us PPE’

Leaders from essential hospitals Oregon Health & Science University and Rhode Island Hospital founded a national nonprofit that provides donated personal protective equipment to facilities in need.

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Students Step Up: Integrating Social Determinants Screening into Medical Education amid COVID-19

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University students and faculty developed a tool to screen patients for social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In It for the Long Haul: UW Medicine Launches Post-COVID Telehealth Clinic

Association member UW Medicine, in Seattle, is tackling COVID-19’s long-term effects through a Post-COVID Telehealth Clinic.

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Essential Hospitals Get Out the Vote

Communities essential hospitals serve often face barriers to voting, but essential hospitals can help by facilitating voter registration and emergency absentee ballots.

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Operational Strategies to Meet COVID-19 Financial Challenges

The immediate urgency that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on our delivery system’s infrastructure is both mounting and innately unpredictable. There are innovative operational strategies any hospital can implement to meet these challenges. 

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No Turning Back: Telehealth Will Play Major Role After COVID-19

COVID-19 suddenly made it possible and necessary to quickly ramp up Valleywise Health’s telemedicine program—and the overwhelmingly positive reaction from physicians and patients alike means there is no going back.

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Essential Hospitals Target Housing Insecurity Amid COVID-19

Screening tools and community partnerships are key to treating patients experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2019 State Health Policy Review

Amid federal gridlock, 2019 was a prolific year for state-level policymaking on important issues for essential hospitals and their communities.

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Delivery Drones Improve Patient Experience at Essential Hospitals

University of Utah Health Care joins a small but growing group of essential hospitals exploring the use of drone technology to deliver medical supplies.

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Words Matter: Boston Medical Center Changes How We Talk and Think About Addiction

At essential hospital Boston Medical Center, changing the language we use is the first step in changing the way we treat people with substance use disorder.

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Hospital Overall Star Ratings: Meaningful or Full of Confusion?

Essential hospitals are committed to transparent, accurate quality measurement, but a single hospital star rating oversimplifies a complex and personal decision.

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Webinar Recap: Interventions to Decrease Food Insecurity

During a one-hour webinar, participants learned how health systems nationwide are exploring ways to help mitigate food insecurity.

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Ohio: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic on the Front Lines

Essential hospitals The MetroHealth System, UC Health, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center play a key role in opioid misuse prevention and intervention.

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The Economics of Medicare GME: Takeaways from VITAL2019

Presenters from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and Germane Solutions discussed strategies to improve graduate medical education economics.

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Minigrants Produce New Resources for Cost of Care Conversations

The tools include trainings and resources to help providers, patients, and health care organizations engage in cost of care conversations.

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‘Part of Our DNA’: East Alabama Medical Center Helps Tornado Victims

The Opelika, Ala., hospital provides housing, mental health support, and hope to those affected by a tornado that devastated the community in March.

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Statewide Efforts to Reduce Disparities: Takeaways from VITAL2019

Leaders from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems shared how data collection helped member hospitals reduce health disparities and provide culturally competent care.

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Medicaid Policy in 2019: Eligibility

Essential hospitals are an important resource to help patients determine their eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs.

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