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Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna data indicate that bivalent vaccines provide greater protection than the original monovalent vaccine against the emerging BQ.1.1 omicron subvariant, while the CDC reports low COVID-19 vaccination numbers among children.

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After South Dakota voters elected to expand Medicaid eligibility, attention now turns to the 11 states that have yet to expand the program.

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Maryland, Oregon, and Colorado provided funding and regulatory flexibility to health care providers amid a surge in pediatric respiratory syncytial virus cases.

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A JAMA Network open study highlights disparities in access to Test-to-Treat sites; the Biden administration holds a White House COVID-19 Equity Summit.

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The final rule for calendar year 2023 continues certain flexible telehealth policies, overhauls the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and revises the Quality Payment Program.

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The final rule reverses Medicare Part B drug payment cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, continues site-neutral payment policies, and revises the inpatient-only list, among other proposed changes.

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The CMS Innovation Center shares a progress report on its 10-year strategy and a blog post announcing plans to improve integrated specialty care.

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A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that Paxlovid can reduce risk of long COVID-19; new data show Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines substantially increase immune responses compared with monovalent vaccines.

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The association urges CMS to educate and provide funding for essential hospital staff to conduct Medicaid and CHIP eligibility and enrollment activities.

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The rule finalizes the conversion factor and includes reimbursement provisions for telehealth and behavioral health services, the Quality Payment Program, and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey highlights common trends in health equity, telehealth access and quality, and coverage expansion initiatives.

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President Joe Biden urges Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine, which protects against the original SARS-CoV-2 variant and BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants.

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Financial, educational, and workplace challenges pose obstacles to recruiting and retaining a diverse behavioral health workforce.

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Our proposal would codify a designation of essential hospitals in statute, allowing lawmakers to better target support to improve access to care and public health.

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Currently, 26 states have extended Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program coverage from 60 days to 12 months postpartum.

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The document is the latest in a series addressing mental health policy challenges and focuses on increased integration, coordination, and access to care. A fifth and final document could be released in coming weeks.

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A CDC committee recommends the inclusion of COVID-19 vaccines in the 2023 immunization schedule; the administration releases a biodefense strategy.

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The waiver provides temporary housing to Medicaid beneficiaries experiencing or at risk of homelessness who have a significant health need or are enrolled in long-term care.

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A new report details the second phase of a Kresge Foundation–funded project that supported climate-related projects at three member hospitals.

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Section 1115 waivers in Massachusetts and Oregon aim to test improvements in coverage, access, and quality and target unmet health-related social needs.

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Effective Oct. 13, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency determination.

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A new commentary in Health Affairs Forefront argues for creating a federal designation for essential hospitals to ensure they receive the support needed to meet their safety net mission. Also, the association publishes its annual member characteristics report, Essential Data 2022.

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The members-only learning collaborative will offer peer learning and expert training to enhance access to opioid use disorder treatment.

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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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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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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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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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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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