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New Parkland Clinic Will Continue Ron Anderson’s Legacy

The new 227,420-square-foot clinic will build on the former CEO’s vision of ensuring health care for the most vulnerable among us.

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UTMC Assists in Response to Tenn. Fires

Fifteen patients affected by the “Chimney Tops 2” fire in Tenn. were taken to the ED at University of Tennessee Medical Center, the area’s only level I trauma center.

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The Importance of Antibiotic Stewardship at Essential Hospitals

Jennifer Pisano, associate medical director of The University of Chicago Medicine’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, discusses proper use of antibiotics.

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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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Association Remembers Former Board Chair Howard Cohen

Cohen, a former hospital administrator at NYC Health + Hospitals and America’s Essential Hospitals board chair in 1995, died Sept. 24 at age 80.

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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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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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Members Defy Uneven Progress in Fight Against Sepsis

We’re making progress in the fight against sepsis – and essential hospitals are doing their part – but we still have much work left to do.

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Chefs and Hospitals: Unlikely Allies in Fight against Food Insecurity

Top chefs put healthful spin on fast food as essential hospitals work to reduce food deserts in their communities

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Should Medicaid House the Homeless? L.A. County Says Yes

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is using county health funds to house and care for the homeless. California wants to with Medicaid funds.

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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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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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Uniting on Patient and Family Engagement

Growing evidence shows that engaging patients and their families in care produces safer patient care and better outcomes

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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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Association Members Bring 2015 Policy Priorities to the Hill

Top issues include protecting Medicaid and Medicare from cuts, protecting the 340B program, and risk adjusting quality incentive program measures

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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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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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Roots of Disparities in Care Run Deep

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

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