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Maya Linson, MS

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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Experience Medicaid and Medicare with the WALLS DOWN

As we mark 50 years of Medicaid and Medicare, we reflect on the experiences of others within and beyond the four walls of essential hospitals.

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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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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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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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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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Federal Insurance Subsidies at Issue in King v. Burwell – we say, #GotCovered?

What are we doing to demonstrate support for ACA insurance coverage subsidies? We filed and amicas brief for King v. Burwell affirming the position. Here’s what we said and why.

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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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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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Medicaid Expansion and the Designated Hitter Rule – A Case of Unilateral Disarmament

It is difficult to find creative ways to describe the thoughtlessness of states’ decisions to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Here is one involving a stats website and baseball.

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Federal Incentives – Right Intentions, Wrong Impact?

An examination of a recent study highlighting the challenge of providing financial incentives fairly based on outcomes and hospital characteristics.

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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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Members Navigate Southeast Politics at Regional Strategy Meeting

Sixteen members of America’s Essential Hospitals from across the Southeast met for our Regional Strategy Meeting that covered direct lobbying, effective communication, and citizen advocacy.

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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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Small Talk Survival Guide: VITAL2014 Edition

If you are an introvert like me, making small talk at next week’s VITAL2014 can be a source of angst. Especially because there will be a variety of people attending. Regardless of who you are and whom you straddle up next to in the buffet line, this guide will hopefully give you some conversation starters

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The Good Kind of Viral

Many of America’s Essential Hospitals have YouTube channels as a way to engage patients, employees, and the communities they serve through creative and dynamic ways.

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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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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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Members Took Action on Capitol Hill During our Spring Policy Assembly

Staff from our members held 100 meetings with their legislators to discuss what defines an essential hospital and the key issues facing essential hospitals including: protecting essential hospital payments, ensuring essential hospitals are included in health insurance marketplace networks, and preserving support for training future clinicians at essential hospitals.

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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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Study: Trauma Center Closures Raise Odds of Death for Injured Patients

Injured patients who live near shuttered trauma centers are more likely to die in the hospital, according to a study published today in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), a member of America’s Essential Hospitals. About one-third of the nation’s 1,125 trauma centers,

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Helping Patients Navigate Their Care

“I’m lost. What city is this?” asked the traveler. “Вы – здесь,” the clerk replied. “I don’t understand.” “Москва” “Moscow? I overslept my train stop. I don’t know where I’m going, or how to get there. I don’t have a schedule, hotel reservations, a map, a Russian dictionary, or currency. I do have a splitting

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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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With a Medicaid DSH Victory Comes a New Advocacy Agenda

Last year we saw a major legislative victory with a two-year delay of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts. The fiscal year (FY) 2014 Joint Budget Resolution, signed into law on Dec. 26, 2013, included a provision to eliminate Medicaid DSH payment cuts in FY2014 and to delay FY 2015 cuts until FY 2016.

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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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Using Twitter with Purpose

Social media has become an important communications tool across all industries. Yet, this tool is only valuable when used with actionable goals. I know, this sounds daunting. But with a little guidance, you can leverage this tool to its greatest benefit. I often tell people to think of social media much like they think of

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EHEN Kicks Off 2014 Work With CEO Meeting

The Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) this week launched their third year of work with a special kick-off meeting that convened CEOs and other clinical and administrative leaders from around the network. Progress to date The EHEN is our hospital engagement network through the national Partnership for Patients (PfP), which aims to reduce nine hospital-acquired

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Hospitals, Communities Stand Strong 12 years After 9/11

On the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, we remember those we lost, those who came to the rescue, and all of us who came together as a national and global community. Today, people all over are commemorating not the terror, but the strength and courage of humanity. Yet, it cannot go unnoticed

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Responding to the Crash: San Francisco General Treats Victims in Accident’s Aftermath

When Asiana Flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, local hospitals – including America’s Essential Hospitals member San Francisco General Hospital – went into disaster mode. The Boeing 777 aircraft reportedly crashed into the runway after the plane descended too slowly and its engines began to stall. The latest news reports

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National Nurses Week: Celebrating RNs and Their Work

Today is the first day of National Nurses Week, an annual celebration that recognizes the value of nursing and educates the public about how registered nurses (RN) can advance innovation and improve the overall health care system. National Nurses Week runs from May 6 to May 12 annually, starting with RN Recognition Day and ending

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In Bombs’ Wake, Boston Medical Center Docs Tell Their Story

As local hospitals continue to treat the victims of Monday’s double bombings at the Boston marathon, staff and other medical personnel have started to recount the scene after the blasts. We’ve been closely tracking hospital reports out of Boston, paying particular attention to our member hospital Boston Medical Center (BMC), a Level 1 trauma center

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NAPH Members Treat Victims of Boston Bombings

Two bombs detonated on Monday near the finish line of the 117th Boston marathon, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more. Immediately after the explosions, hospitals throughout Boston began treating injured runners, family members, and spectators. According to the Los Angeles Times, local hospitals treated more than 144 people hurt in the blasts.

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Helping Patients Make Healthy Food Choices

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual nutrition education and information campaign spearheaded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that highlights how important it is to make informed food choices and develop health eating and exercise habits. In 2013 – the commemoration’s 40th anniversary – the month’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every

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Patient Safety Awareness Week: Stories from the NAPH Safety Network

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 3-9, 2013), an annual campaign led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) to recognize efforts to improve patient safety and foster collaboration among health care organizations around the issue. According to NPSF, this year’s theme, “Patient Safety 7/365,” aims to remind “health care professionals and health

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Gun Violence From the Health Care Perspective

Lawmakers and advocates are prepared to make gun violence a central issue for the State of the Union, according to many bloggers and journalists. Whether or not the issue takes center stage, many of us await new information from President Obama on plans to prevent gun violence nationwide. We at NAPH have the unique perspective

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NAPH Safety Network Corner: A Look Back on Year One

Now that 2012 is coming to a close, it’s a fitting time to look back at what the NAPH Safety Network (NSN) has accomplished across the last year. Achieving the goals of the Partnership for Patients – reducing nine hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013

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Testing on Arrival: HIV Screening in Maricopa Medical Center’s ED Prevents Transmission

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and this year’s theme is “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation.” According to the CDC, approximately 1.1 million U.S. residents are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and roughly 20 percent of them don’t know they have it. CDC statistics show that African Americans are the most acutely affected

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Investing in Patient and Family Engagement for Better Health Care Delivery

Oct. 31 is Halloween, but it also marks the end of a relatively new awareness month for patient-centered care. Powered by Planetree, this observance of Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month commemorates our industry’s progress toward the reality of engaging patients and the community in their own care and to build momentum for further success. One NAPH

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NAPH Safety Network Corner: Regional Collaborative Recap

The NAPH Safety Network last week completed its last of three regional collaborative and leadership summit events in Los Angeles, Calif. At the regional collaborative, frontline staff and improvement teams learned about improvement science, health equity and change packages for each of the 10 conditions targeted by the Partnership for Patients. Meanwhile, at the leadership

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NAPH Safety Network Corner: Spurring Change Through Innovation

This week, I – and the rest of the NAPH Safety Network team – attended a hospital engagement network meeting hosted by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients. The meeting offered several sessions on hospital improvement strategies and innovative approaches to tackling the 10 conditions targeted by the national initiative.

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Social Media is Now Business as Usual

My favorite takeaway from a recent conference I attended came from hospital social media guru Ed Bennett – that social media is business as usual. Many folks remember when TV was “new media,” and look what happened with that! If you aren’t using, adapting, leveraging social media, then you are missing a piece of the

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Critical to Care: Honoring Nurses and Their Work

This week marks National Nurses Week, a celebration that aims to recognize the value of nursing and educate U.S. residents about the role registered nurses (RNs) play in meeting the country’s health care needs. National Nurses Week runs from May 6 to May 12 annually, starting with RN Recognition Day and ending on the birthday

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World AIDS Day underscores health care needs at home

Today is World AIDS Day and this year it’s about “Getting to Zero” – Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. Backed by the United Nations, the “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until 2015 and builds on last year’s successful World AIDS Day “Light for Rights” initiative encompassing a range of

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The Mission of the Safety Net Extends to Haiti

Amid all of the news about the devastation that remains in Haiti one year later, I came across this incredible story from one of our member hospitals – LSU in New Orleans, La. NBC “Dateline” actually featured Mitch Handrich, RN, a MICU staff nurse at the Interim LSU Public Hospital, as part of a volunteer

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Social Media for the C-Suite

I am often asked why social media is important or why someone should bother spending time with it … Mashable posted a great set of articles targeting the C-Suite specifically, and I wanted to pull some of the main points out that directly apply to hospital and health system CEOs and other C-Suite leaders. First,

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Public Health and Digital Innovation

I was lucky enough to serve on a panel recently on how digital media is helping advance public health. Susannah Fox from Pew Research discussed the impact of digital media on chronic disease (among other things), I spoke about how our members are using social media, and Erin Enke from event organizer/health care communications firm

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How Can a Hospital Use Social Media? Let me Count the Ways…

I came across an article in Mashable that outlines how hospitality companies are using social media “for real results.” Though hospitals are not generally aligned with hotels and cafés in terms of industry, the health care industry certainly shares some key attributes. In fact, that shared space involves hosting, catering to and entertaining (in a

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CDC is going viral … via social media

In a recent story out of Federal Computer Week, I learned that the CDC’s director of the Division of eHealth Marketing is promoting the use of social media among CDC departments and other federal agencies. Speaking on a panel at an AFFIRM event in DC, Director Janice Nall said the CDC needs to go where

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Get Social (Media)

Everyone hears about it, many people scoff at it, some people just can’t live without it: Twitter. About 30 of our members have hospital accounts with handles like @WestchesterMed and @Parklandhealth. Hospitals are turning to social media (Twitter, Facebook. YouTube, etc.) to better connect with patients, staff and the larger community. The benefits range from

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