Skip to Main Content
Don't have an account? Create Account
Loading more articles
Newsline

The new Food and Drug Administration draft guidance encourages researchers to consider a broader set of outcomes when approving new drugs for medication-assisted treatment, including a reduction in relapse overdoses and rates of disease transmissions.

view more »
Newsline

The agency will not convene a proposed task force to reduce environmental risks associated with the care of psychiatric inpatients, opting instead to use findings from The Joint Commission special report on suicide prevention in health care settings.

view more »
Newsline

A new proposed rule would create a pathway for accountable care organizations to more rapidly transition to performance-based risk.

view more »
Newsline

Abstracts should show the results of work to improve health or health care at a local, regional, or national scale.

view more »
Newsline

The confidential reports, available Aug. 24, will allow hospitals to review two disparity methods that assess performance for patients with social risk factors.

view more »
Newsline

Under the final rule , short-term, limited-duration insurance plans can be issued for up to 12 months, with a maximum duration of 36 months after renewals and extensions.

view more »
Newsline

This training details approaches to controlling antibiotic resistance in health care settings; participants must sign up for a free Medscape account.

view more »
Newsline

The special open-door forum aims to educate prescribers on federal resources and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.

view more »
Newsline

The final rule increases Medicare inpatient payment rates to acute care hospitals by 1.85 percent, revises electronic health record requirements, and changes the payment adjustment methodology for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until Aug. 25 to preview their quality data before publication on the Hospital Compare website in October.

view more »
Newsline

The year-long intensive program, offered by the Center for Community Investment, trains rising executives in the leadership skills needed to help disadvantaged communities.

view more »
Newsline

Senate action on opioid legislation has been delayed by the debate over the Supreme Court nomination and what to include in the final package; Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators likely will consider opioid legislation after the August recess.

view more »
Newsline

The waivers allow each state to create a reinsurance program to lower premiums in the individual market; the waivers will take effect in 2019 and are approved through 2023.

view more »
Newsline

This second segment of a no-cost, online training course focuses on outpatient antibiotic stewardship and communicating with patients; participants can receive up to eight hours of continuing education credit.

view more »
Newsline

A new proposed rule for Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System would broaden the scope of cuts to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to off-campus provider-based departments; it also contains provisions related to quality reporting and transparency.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals will have until Sept. 12 to complete the recertification process through the Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System.

view more »
Newsline

In the rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues a policy of reduced payments to new off-campus provider-based departments; the agency also provides updates to the Quality Payment Program.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended to Aug. 8 the participation agreement deadline for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model and announced that participants can retroactively withdraw from the program in March 2019.

view more »
Newsline

The project would waive Merit-based Incentive Payment System requirements for clinicians who participate in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk to better align such plans with fee-for-service Medicare.

view more »
Newsline

Merit-based Incentive Payment System participants can request a targeted review of their performance feedback and final score if they find an error in their 2019 payment adjustment calculation.

view more »
Newsline

The decision strikes down the state's overall Section 1115 waiver, which included community engagement and work requirements, but it upholds as a separate waiver a portion allowing Medicaid reimbursement for substance use disorder treatment in institutions for mental disease.

view more »
Newsline

Several new or enhanced Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiatives are designed to improve Medicaid program integrity and sustainability through greater transparency and accountability, strengthened data, and innovative analytical tools.

view more »
Newsline

CMS approved Oklahoma's proposal to advance Medicaid value-based arrangements with drugmakers in negotiating supplemental rebate agreements; The agency rejected Massachusetts' request to institute a closed formulary for Medicaid outpatient prescription drugs.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement its Medicare disproportionate share hospital payment methodology and quality measurement programs in a way that accounts for the unique needs and patient populations served by essential hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

The brief reviews each type of Medicaid hospital payment, information on payment goals, and state-level data on fiscal year 2016 supplemental payments to hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

A change brought by passage of the 21st Century Cures Act will ensure coverage for early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services for children under age 21 receiving inpatient psychiatric hospital services.

view more »
Newsline

The report provides updates on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, off-campus emergency department access, the physician fee schedule, population-based quality measures and incentives, and Medicare accountable care organizations, among other topics.

view more »
Newsline

Medicare-eligible hospitals have until July 1 to apply for exception—and avoid a negative payment adjustment—for the 2019 payment adjustment year.

view more »
Newsline

This year's Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission report focuses on the high cost of prescription drugs and the opioid epidemic.

view more »
Newsline

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule expanding the definition of "employer" for purposes of establishing association health plans.

view more »
Newsline

Modeled on a program developed at essential hospital St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, N.J., the Alternatives to Opioids bill is one of 25 opioid-related bills the House passed last week.

view more »
Newsline

The Partnership For Disaster Health Response grant offers $6 million for two partnerships to improve disaster readiness and response across the delivery system.

view more »
Newsline

This finalized rule provides flexibility in determining episode spending for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model participating hospitals affected by a major disaster, such as a hurricane or wildfire.

view more »
Newsline

A blog post and road map highlight the agency's approach to the crisis, including prevention of new opioid use disorder cases and use of data to target prevention and treatment.

view more »
Newsline

Letters of intent for this funding opportunity must be submitted by June 28 at 5 pm ET, and full applications are due Sept. 25 at 5 pm ET.

view more »
Newsline

The reports will focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and/or management of a specific condition; individual procedure, treatment, or technology; or organization or financial strategy.

view more »
Newsline

The June 19 webinar features a patient perspective on environmental disinfection in dialysis stations, along with strategies for enacting best practices.

view more »
Newsline

An informational bulletin outlines the role of Medicaid in the care of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, while a letter to state Medicaid directors offers guidance on funding Medicaid technology to combat the opioid crisis.

view more »
Newsline

The June 19 webinar will explore the 2016 final rule on emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care providers, along with 1135 waivers.

view more »
Newsline

Amid a critical drug shortage, manufacturer Hospira released special handling instructions for lots of Carpuject Luer Lock Glass Syringe products that potentially could contain cracked needle hubs and particulate.

view more »
Newsline

The first Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program scorecard is intended to increase public transparency and accountability in the two programs.

view more »
Newsline

This is the latest of several delays of a rule that provides guidance on the calculation of ceiling prices and imposes civil monetary penalties on manufacturers who knowingly exceed them.

view more »
Newsline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding aims to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder, as well as to decrease illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse.

view more »
Newsline

The funding will be awarded for research on patient safety improvements in perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric care in routine hospital and intensive care settings.

view more »
Newsline

To ensure Medicaid beneficiaries' access to quality care, America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS not to issue access monitoring review exemptions to states with high managed care penetration.

view more »
Newsline

The dashboards, which show spending for drugs purchased in Medicaid and Medicare Parts B and D, for the first time include data on year-over-year price increases for individual drugs.

view more »
Newsline

The association urged the Health Resources and Services Administration to immediately implement a final rule establishing the calculation of ceiling prices and imposing manufacturer civil monetary penalties.

view more »
Newsline

The plan cites and builds on proposed changes to the 340B Drug Pricing Program in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget, as well as damaging cuts implemented through the calendar year 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

view more »
Newsline

The interagency effort targets obstacles to health care, including a fragmented delivery system and lack of specialty service access, faced by many rural communities.

view more »
Newsline

New Hampshire is the fourth state to receive approval to incorporate work and community engagement requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until June 2 to preview their quality data before it is published on the Hospital Compare website in July.

view more »
Newsline

The proposal would delay by an additional year implementation of a final rule on ceiling prices and manufacturer civil monetary penalties in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

view more »
Newsline

Two new fact sheets clarify the application of privacy regulations under 42 CFR Part 2, a longstanding rule dictating how to share patient data related to substance use disorder.

view more »
Newsline

The podcast provides updates to survey vendors, self-administering hospitals, and client hospitals participating in the national patient experience survey.

view more »
Newsline

The webpage documents the health system's response to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting and encourages other hospitals to create disaster response plans.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended to June 15 the deadline to complete an Agreement to Participate and Consent.

view more »
Newsline

The refresh includes data for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting, Prospective Payment System–Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting, and Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting programs.

view more »
Newsline

The plan is required by the 21st Century Cures Act and is meant to improve federal and state coordination around the enforcement of parity laws.

view more »
Newsline

A new proposed rule for Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System for fiscal year 2019 would increase inpatient operating payment rates by 1.75 percent.

view more »
Newsline

The new model would allow providers to contract directly with patients, rather than contracting with Medicare or private insurers; comments are due May 25.

view more »
Newsline

Clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System can receive Improvement Activity credit for participating in a study on quality reporting burdens; applications are due April 30.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar, intended for Medicare Part A providers, will include a presentation on the new Medicare Cost Report e-Filing system followed by a question-and-answer session.

view more »
Newsline

Unlike previous data releases, this version of the tool allows users to view trend lines of the available metrics and health services areas.

view more »
cms
Newsline

The event, for National Minority Health Month, will discuss how the opioid crisis affects minority communities and how organizations partner to combat the crisis and improve behavioral health.

view more »
Newsline

The April 18 webinar will explain the benefits of voluntary submission in calendar year 2018, share reporting resources, and answer attendee questions.

view more »
Newsline

Potential topics include a broad range of health conditions, risk factors, and applications, such as public health partnerships, care coordination approaches, and data integration strategies.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers details on how Medicare Advantage plans might be affected by reimbursement reductions in the calendar year 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

view more »
Newsline

Providers who submitted data through the Quality Payment Program website can review preliminary performance feedback. Final scores and feedback will be available July 1.

view more »
Newsline

The agency outlines a five-step containment process and provides resources for health departments, labs, and health care providers.

view more »
Newsline

The grants will be used to establish, expand, and maintain assertive community treatment programs to reduce rates of substance use, homelessness, and criminal justice system involvement among individuals with serious mental illness. Applications are due May 29.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will award up to $15.75 million for research to advance understanding about opioid overdose prevention. Applications are due May 15.

view more »
Newsline

The annual report offers county- and state-level information on health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.

view more »
Newsline

The reports provide estimated hospital-level proportions of dual-eligible patients, peer group assignments, and payment adjustment information using the program's new stratified methodology.

view more »
Newsline

Reports by the National Academy of State Health Policy and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission point to new trends, including increased focus on reform, new financing mechanisms, and standardized evaluation.

view more »
Newsline

The new rules allow surveyors to penalize a hospital for a deficiency if an individual fails to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until Aug. 22 to petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for inclusion on the list for the 2020 plan year.

view more »
Newsline

A new analysis suggests specialty hospitals receive higher star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services than major teaching hospitals by reporting fewer quality measures.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed rule would exempt states with high Medicaid managed care penetration from Medicaid access to care guidelines; 17 states currently meet the proposal's exemption requirements. America’s Essential Hospitals is analyzing the proposed rule and will provide written comment to CMS.

view more »
Newsline

The three-pronged approach aims to reduce drug demand, cut off the flow of illicit drugs domestically and internationally, and expand opportunities for proven addiction treatments.

view more »
Newsline

In its annual report to Congress, the commission also recommends curbing Medicare Advantage plan consolidation and evaluating telehealth services before including them in coverage.

view more »
Newsline

This year's report includes the commission’s statutorily required annual analysis of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, as well as chapters on Medicaid managed care and telehealth.

view more »
Newsline

This year's theme, We Are All Patients, encourages health care providers to stand with patients and stresses the importance of patient engagement in safe care.

view more »
Newsline

A federal court in Washington, D.C., vacated a final rule requiring Medicaid disproportionate share hospital limit calculations to include Medicare and commercial insurance payments; the court explicitly issued a decision with nationwide impact.

view more »
Newsline

Three lots of the injectable opioid medication Hydromorphone HCl, distributed by Hospira and Teva, were recalled due to broken and cracked glass vials.

view more »
Newsline

A new CDC study finds a 30 percent increase in opioid overdose–related emergency department (ED) visits; the agency will host a webinar on coordinating clinical and public health responses to opioid overdoses treated in EDs.

view more »
Newsline

The new resources for Medicare-eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals include details about submitting data through QualityNet and information on clinical quality measures.

view more »
Newsline

In a March 6 comment letter, America's Essential Hospitals urged federal officials to ensure association health plans have proper oversight and cover all necessary services for beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

Under the approved waiver, Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries ages 19 to 49 beginning June 1 must work or participate in community engagement activities for 80 hours per month to maintain their eligibility.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a frequently asked questions document about the new voluntary bundled payment model ahead of the March 12 deadline for applications.

view more »
Newsline

The Innovation Accelerator Program's March 26 webinar will focus on administrative and regulatory barriers to physical and mental health integration in the Medicaid program.

view more »
Newsline

Medicare-eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals now have until March 16 to submit attestation data and electronic clinical quality measure data.

view more »
Newsline

The proposal extends to one year the maximum length of short-term, limited duration plans — up from three months, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

view more »
Newsline

The Measure Applications Partnership Hospital Workgroup recommended greater alignment of measures across programs and proposed criteria for measure removal.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is giving up to 10 states the opportunity to participate in the program to design, develop, and implement value-based payment approaches.

view more »
Newsline

Health care professionals who complete the four-part web training program are eligible to receive up to eight hours of continuing education credit.

view more »
Newsline

A federal court in Missouri ruled that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ April 2017 third-party payer DSH final rule is unenforceable. This decision is the first to invalidate the final rule.

view more »
Newsline

Cracks in the defibrillator's gas discharge tube can allow gases to escape and the device to malfunction when used in automated external defibrillator mode.

view more »
Newsline

Administrators must review and sign the updated agreement by April 14 to retain access to the National Healthcare Safety Network.

view more »
Newsline

Group reporting through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services web interface must be completed by March 16; all other Merit-based Incentive Payment System data must be submitted by March 31.

view more »
Newsline

Senate Finance Committee leadership sent a letter to stakeholders requesting information on Medicare and Medicaid policy options that could be used to combat the opioid epidemic.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is awarding $8.1 million in targeted funding to assess and potentially alter states’ essential health benefits packages.

view more »
Newsline

The table identifies which alternative payment models (APMs) are designated as Advanced APMs under the Quality Payment Program or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

view more »
Newsline

The Measure Applications Partnership submitted recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on 35 performance measures under consideration for use in federal health care programs.

view more »
Newsline

The live session, on Feb. 8, will provide information on the upcoming transition to the QualityNet Secure Portal for hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Indiana's request to incorporate work requirements in their Section 1115 Medicaid expansion waiver. This is the second waiver with work requirements approved by CMS.

view more »
Newsline

The new cards will have a Medicare beneficiary identifier to replace the existing health insurance claim number, which was based on the beneficiary’s Social Security number.

view more »
Newsline

The blueprint will guide opioid manufacturers in developing education tools for health care providers as part of the agency’s updated risk evaluation and mitigation strategy.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until March 2 to preview their quality data before it is published on the Hospital Compare website in April.

view more »
Newsline

The agency is combatting an intravenous fluid (IV) shortage as Puerto Rico, where many IV solutions are produced, recovers from Hurricane Maria.

view more »
Newsline

The designation allows federal health agencies to allocate resources and hire specialists to combat the opioid crisis. The original declaration was set to expire on Jan. 23.

view more »
Newsline

The shortage is due to the effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, where much IV fluid is produced, and has been exacerbated by the severity of this year’s flu season.

view more »
Newsline

The agency expects to release comprehensive ligature risk interpretive guidance later this year for psychiatric units of acute-care hospitals and psychiatric hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

The agency has found marked progress over a decade in eliminating five health care–associated infections (HAIs), and offers an update on the Department of Health and Human Services' five-year goals to reduce HAIs.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will audit mid-build certifications this year and should complete all audits by December 2018.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the community engagement initiative, often referred to as work requirements, in a Jan. 11 letter and a frequently asked questions document.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an information session and a series of four webinars in the coming weeks to provide information on new opportunities for states.

view more »
Newsline

This year, there are 124 new participants, including 55 that will take part in the risk-baring Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1+ model; Accountable care organizations now serve 10.5 million Medicare patients, up 1.5 million from 2017.

view more »
Newsline

Researchers discovered two techniques, known as Meltdown and Spectre, that can circumvent data protections and potentially expose data on many computers purchased over the past decade.

view more »
Newsline

The new rule is intended to improve care coordination and better align current rules with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

view more »
Newsline

The new system streamlines quality reporting through one portal; the data submission period runs from Jan. 2 to March 31.

view more »
Newsline

The guidance defines courtesy discounts, defines when a bad debt is "written off," provides clarity about unpaid coinsurance and deductibles, and more.

view more »
Newsline

The waiver extensions fund Texas' uncompensated care pool and delivery system reform incentive payment program and provide family planning services for low-income individuals in Mississippi for 10 years.

view more »
Newsline

In response to an annual update to the Quality Payment Program, the association called for increased flexibility and risk adjustment for socioeconomic factors.

view more »
Newsline

The final tax deal includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, Advance Refunding Bonds and Private Activity Bonds.

view more »
Newsline

Hospital staff participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will learn how to register, attest, and submit measures using the QualityNet Secure Portal.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals serving low-income, underserved patients have until Dec. 22 to submit a petition for inclusion on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final 2019 essential community provider list.

view more »
Newsline

Republican leaders hope to introduce the final tax reform bill early next week; a bill to stop cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program has 130 cosponsors.

view more »
Newsline

The association emphasized access to essential community providers within qualified health plan networks in its comments on the 2019 draft letter to issuers.

view more »
Newsline

These snapshots allow health care providers and officials to compare performance with other states and identify areas for improvement.

view more »
Newsline

Tax reform legislation heads to a House-Senate conference committee. Meanwhile, a bill to delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts could be included in year-end legislation.

view more »
Newsline

The calendar year 2019 draft letter to plans offered through federally facilitated marketplaces also provides deadlines for qualified health plan certification.

view more »
Newsline

The association encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure that state plans cover essential health benefits and include sufficient access to essential community providers.

view more »
Newsline

The legislative priorities include a health care extenders package, tax reform, and a long-term funding bill. Also, bipartisan House legislation to halt 340B payment cuts now has more than 50 cosponsors.

view more »
Newsline

During the Dec. 13 webinar, association member Boston Medical Center will discuss the hospital's substance use disorder treatment initiatives.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed rule increases flexibility for Medicare Advantage plans and implements the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.

view more »
Newsline

The guidance specifies rate reductions in Medicaid fee-for-service that will not require access reviews by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

view more »
Newsline

The House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the Senate version of the tax reform bill includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

view more »
Newsline

In response to the request for information, the association encouraged flexibility and a focus on hospitals treating high numbers of complex patients.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals that contract with or are owned by state or local government must now identify a government official to attest to the hospital's classification.

view more »
Newsline

The new guide will help patients understand their mental and behavioral health, navigate treatment options, and find appropriate services.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will review December 2017 methodology enhancements and their impact on star ratings in a Nov. 30 webinar.

view more »
Newsline

The updated standards focus on collaboration between health care providers and emergency management officials in the community.

view more »
Newsline

In a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, Administrator Verma also announced an initiative to create scorecards for Medicaid and CHIP outcomes.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will observe Antibiotics Awareness Week with a Twitter chat and webinar on Nov. 16.

view more »
Newsline

The Quality Payment Program combines and replaces three separate clinician quality programs with a single system for clinicians that bill Medicare Part B.

view more »
Newsline

The rule includes additional cuts to new off-campus, provider-based departments (PBDs), as well as physician payment and quality program changes.

view more »
Newsline

Due to technical difficulties, the new 340B recertification period will run through Dec. 6; hospitals that already started the process must restart.

view more »
Newsline

An agency bulletin instructs states on how to seek approval for state-directed payment arrangements and distinguishes directed payments from other payment models.

view more »
Newsline

The commission supports a national curriculum for opioid prescribers and state waivers to eliminate the Medicaid institutions for mental disease exclusion, among other recommendations.

view more »
Newsline

In a Nov. 2 Federal Register notice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted final DSH allotments for FY 2015 and preliminary allotments for FY 2017.

view more »
Newsline

CMS announced a new streamlined process to encourage state innovation through demonstrations and approved new demonstrations for New Jersey and Utah.

view more »
Newsline

The rule cuts 340B Drug Pricing Program payments by $1.6 billion and requires hospitals to use modifiers to identify 340B drugs in Medicare claims.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services previously had extended the revision deadline to Oct. 31, following numerous changes to the worksheet S-10.

view more »
Newsline

The emergency declaration expands telemedicine services to treat addiction and opens up the Public Health Emergency Fund, among other actions to combat the opioid crisis.

view more »
Newsline

The quality measure data update excludes Hospital Compare overall star ratings, which will refresh beginning Nov. 3.

view more »
Newsline

These awards will support antibiotic resistance research with a focus on the human microbiome, environmental settings, and health care settings.

view more »
Newsline

Shifting from condition-specific to hospitalwide measures in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program would significantly increase penalties for hospitals with many vulnerable patients.

view more »
Newsline

A bipartisan Senate bill would fund cost-sharing reduction payments; Congress has yet to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals has compiled relevant immigration resources to inform essential hospitals about the rights of patients and providers.

view more »
Newsline

In its comments, America’s Essential Hospitals recommended that CMS finalize the cancellation of the mandatory episode payment models, work with stakeholders to develop voluntary models, and more.

view more »
Newsline

The five-year demonstration project, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, aims to strengthen substance use disorder care for state Medicaid beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

From Oct. 15 to Oct. 21, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will raise awareness about antibiotic resistance through a Twitter chat and new infographic.

view more »
Newsline

The fellowship, based at Harvard University, is designed to prepare physician-leaders to improve health system capacity and promote policies and practices to improve access to care for minority, disadvantaged, and vulnerable populations.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' frequently asked questions document clarifies aspects of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity final rule for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

view more »
Newsline

The document explains hospital payment adjustments under the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program; adjustments are applied as a reduction to the hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System percentage increase for FY 2018.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals will have until Nov. 21 to complete the recertification process through the new Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals opposed the proposed payment model, which would have reduced Medicare payments to providers for Part B drugs.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until Oct. 31 to preview their quality data; CMS hospital-specific preview reports for overall quality star ratings will be available to hospitals in mid-October.

view more »
Newsline

The emergency operations center was activated in January 2016 to respond to the harmful effects of the virus when contracted during pregnancy.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals use the worksheet S-10 to submit uncompensated care data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the agency will begin using the worksheet to calculate Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments in fiscal year 2018.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not receive any letters of intent for the 2018 start date of the Medicare-Medicaid accountable care organization model.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will conduct field testing from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 of eight episode-based cost measures for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

view more »
Newsline

The new road map recommends policies and practices providers can adopt to promote health equity and eliminate disparities.

view more »
Newsline

The harmful payment reduction was included in the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, expected to be finalized this fall.

view more »
Newsline

Clinicians can participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and avoid a negative payment adjustment if they begin collecting data by Dec. 31.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals was among those urging the agency to suspend overall star ratings and examine concerns with the methodology.

view more »
Newsline

The most recent delay to July 2018 comes after the Health Resources and Services Administration issued a proposed rule seeking feedback from stakeholders.

view more »
Newsline

The new directive applies to Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen, but the specifics vary by country.

view more »
Newsline

Providers can register a new entity or contract pharmacy through the 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System through Oct. 16.

view more »
Newsline

With 153 clinical C. auris cases reported in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated infection control guidelines.

view more »
Newsline

This video shares strategies to improve injection safety and reduce infection risks in narcotic diversion; participants must sign up for a free Medscape account to view the video.

view more »
Newsline

The committees were convened at the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services and include representatives from members of America’s Essential Hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

CMS is seeking broad feedback on a new direction for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, with increased emphasis on patient-centered care and market-based reforms.

view more »
Newsline

Affected providers will be exempt from reporting provisions of the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, and Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program.

view more »
Newsline

The component enables manufacturers and covered entities to register for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, participate in annual recertification, and communicate with the Office of Pharmacy Affairs on pending tasks.

view more »
Newsline

Two free online simulations help health care providers improve decision-making skills during infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

view more »
Newsline

Merit-based Incentive Payment System–eligible clinicians and groups may apply for hardship exceptions due to connectivity issues or extreme circumstances, such as disasters.

view more »
Newsline

The meeting came a day after the association submitted comments to the agency in response to the proposed annual update of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed rule would further cut payments to non-excepted provider-based departments to 25 percent of the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System rate and change certain quality reporting requirements.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies have released several resources to help health care providers prepare for and respond to disasters.

view more »
Newsline

The funds will go to 44 states and the District of Columbia to expand prevention and tracking activities under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Overdose Prevention in States effort.

view more »
Newsline

The online course provides an overview of disaster preparedness and skills to gauge compliance with emergency preparedness requirements that go into effect on Nov. 15.

view more »
Newsline

The Sept. 13 webinar for covered entities will focus on the registration component of the new Office of Pharmacy Affairs Information System.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and health care facilities in Federal Emergency Management Agency–designated major disaster counties.

view more »
Newsline

The changes include optimizing the assignment of star categories, eliminating the removal of outliers, and ensuring only hospitals meeting public reporting thresholds are assigned star ratings.

view more »
Newsline

The Get Ahead of Sepsis campaign includes a partner toolkit with educational and social media materials; CDC also will host a related webinar and Twitter chat.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed reductions are set to take effect Oct. 1; the association recommended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services protect state disproportionate share hospital payment allotments from total elimination, among other suggestions.

view more »
Newsline

Substantial cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments are set to begin on Oct. 1; strong and immediate input from essential hospitals is vital to successfully secure another delay.

view more »
Newsline

Nearly half of U.S. health care breaches in July were caused by hacking, marking the first time this year that hacking incidents outnumbered insider breaches in both frequency and number of affected patient records.

view more »
Newsline

The unexpired products by Bella Pharmaceuticals were distributed to health care facilities across the country from April 17 to Aug. 10; if not sterile, they could cause potentially life-threatening infections.

view more »
Newsline

The new webpage was launched by HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; a webinar highlighting the resources will be held Sept. 14.

view more »
Newsline

In response to a proposed annual update to the Quality Payment Program, America’s Essential Hospitals offered recommendations related to the merit-based incentive payment system.

view more »
Newsline

The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking comments on whether to further delay implementation of a final rule on ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties in the 340B Drug Pricing Program by nine months.

view more »
Newsline

The report, mandated by Congress and released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, found continued gaps in access to care and other health disparities.

view more »
Newsline

The newly released set of frequently asked questions relates to potential payment issues for Medicaid managed care patients in institutions for mental disease.

view more »
Newsline

The first performance year was set to begin Jan. 1, 2018; America’s Essential Hospitals previously expressed concern about the scope and pace of the models.

view more »
Newsline

The voluntary recall has been expanded to include various dietary supplements, such as liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children.

view more »
Newsline

Health professionals are encouraged to join social media campaigns, attend informational calls and webinars, and review a new fact sheet on Candida auris.

view more »
Newsline

The change aims to simplify data reporting for hospitals, as most already use the QualityNet portal for communications and quality data exchange.

view more »
Newsline

The funding will support state and local health departments in testing for drug-resistant fungi and promote the use of whole genome sequencing in testing.

view more »
Newsline

The system will be unavailable from Aug. 15 until mid-September; hospitals are urged to verify contact information for authorizing officials and primary contacts in the system before Aug. 14.

view more »
Newsline

The stool softeners could be contaminated with B. cepacia, a bacteria that could infect patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions.

view more »
Newsline

Exceptions are available for Merit-based Incentive Payment System eligible clinicians and groups that experienced insufficient internet connectivity, uncontrollable circumstances, or other issues; applications are due Oct. 1.

view more »
Newsline

The voluntary recall was issued after a customer reported particulate matter in a container of the product, which later was identified as stainless steel.

view more »
Newsline

The decision extends by five years the state's demonstration of a capitated Medicaid managed care program and a low-income pool to provide support for the safety net.

view more »
Newsline

The announcement to allow revisions to fiscal year (FY) 2014 worksheets is important because the agency will use FY 2014 data to calculate FY 2018 Medicare disproportionate share hospital compensation.

view more »
Newsline

The final rule updates Medicare inpatient rates to acute care hospitals by 1.21 percent, provides flexibility in reporting of electronic clinical quality measures, and changes the payment adjustment methodology for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

view more »
Newsline

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis' interim report encourages the president to declare a national emergency to fight the opioid epidemic.

view more »
Newsline

The guidance no longer recommends routine testing of women unless there was ongoing potential exposure; the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $7 million to fight Zika in U.S. territories.

view more »
Newsline

The report outlines programs implemented by hospitals and public health departments across the country to improve antibiotic prescribing practices as part of the agency's Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

view more »
Newsline

Expanded Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act might have helped patients seek treatment for behavioral health issues, which disproportionately affect low-income populations.

view more »
Newsline

The Hospital Compare refresh includes data on new measures; hospitals can preview their overall star ratings through Aug. 13.

view more »
Newsline

Fujifilm will contact all customers by October for replacement parts and loan customers duodenoscopes to use during the replacement period.

view more »
Newsline

The delay allows for implementation of a new online tool that will allow providers to register and recertify 340B sites and contract pharmacies.

view more »
Newsline

A publicly released set of slides describes dramatic restrictions to CMS' budget neutrality policy for Section 1115 waivers.

view more »
Newsline

The project seeks to reduce harms caused by inappropriate antibiotic use; registration is open for a one-hour introductory webinar about the project.

view more »
Newsline

The funding will be used to track and prevent opioid overdoses; meanwhile, a report finds a drop in the estimated rate of Americans misusing prescription drugs.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will allow hospitals to submit revisions to Worksheet S-10 of their Medicare cost report for fiscal year 2015 by Sept. 30.

view more »
Newsline

Of the 303 performance measures submitted during the trial period, 65 were determined to have a conceptual basis for adjustment for social risk factors.

view more »
Newsline

Aids provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services include fact sheets and overview documents, lists of alternative payment models, webinars and other educational tools, and support contacts.

view more »
Newsline

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018 includes physician payment and quality program changes.

view more »
Newsline

Essential hospitals, key providers of public health and emergency preparedness services, stand ready to support the nation's response to the spreading Zika virus. Find resources from the CDC and other experts here.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed rule would increase outpatient payment rates by 1.75 percent and drastically reduce Medicare Part B reimbursement for drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

view more »
Newsline

The special report suggests methods to improve care for the top 5 percent of high-need patients, who account for half of the nation's health care spending.

view more »
Newsline

The Evidence-Based Practice Centers Program is seeking suggestions for treatment, tests, and methods of health care delivery that should be considered for extensive evaluation.

view more »
Newsline

The update calls for improvements to federal network cybersecurity, protection of critical infrastructure, and an international engagement strategy.

view more »
Newsline

Courts in Minnesota, Tennessee, and Virginia have ruled in favor of hospitals challenging the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' inclusion of Medicare and commercial payments in the calculation of disproportionate-share hospital payment limits.

view more »
Newsline

This is the second Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver to receive approval; Alaska is pursuing the waiver to stabilize the state's individual health care market.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals has established this page of cybersecurity resources on preventing and responding to information technology attacks.

view more »
Newsline

Researchers from George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund found the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026.

view more »
Newsline

Despite reductions in opioid prescribing, the amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 still was triple the amount prescribed in 1999.

view more »
Newsline

In the bulletin on the Medicaid managed care final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will use enforcement discretion based on state-specific facts.

view more »
Newsline

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show incidence of Clostridium difficile in hospitals and nursing homes fell for the first time in decades.

view more »
Newsline

A new strain of ransomware, known as Petya, could affect the health care sector and is unique because the virus is capable of self-replication.

view more »
Newsline

The video is the third in a series by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about challenges to preventing health care-associated infections.

view more »
Newsline

Two new reports warn about the same vulnerabilities that allowed the WannaCry virus to spread worldwide earlier this year.

view more »
Newsline

The brief projects Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment reductions under the Affordable Care Act and the House-passed American Health Care Act.

view more »
Newsline

CMS proposes changes related to participation in the merit-based incentive payment system or Advanced Alternative Payment Models tracks.

view more »
Newsline

The findings highlight the need for continued mosquito surveillance and can help health departments and mosquito control districts plan for outbreaks.

view more »
Newsline

New Medicare cards will include a randomly generated Medicare beneficiary identifier instead of the Social Security-based health insurance claim number.

view more »
Newsline

In a report to Congress, the commission details state solutions for improving care delivery, increasing treatment availability, and reducing opioid misuse.

view more »
Newsline

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual report examines various issues in the Medicare payment system and offers recommendations to Congress.

view more »
Newsline

The fact sheet gives a general overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Quality Payment Program and explains how the programs work together.

view more »
Newsline

The National Quality Forum draft report evaluates the effectiveness of the two-year trial that risk-adjusted performance measures for socioeconomic status.

view more »
Newsline

The resources, designed for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-covered entities or their associates, include a checklist and infographic.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals encourages CMS to improve transparency, risk adjust, and reduce regulatory burden for essential hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

The committee’s intentions remain unclear; we recommend essential hospitals prepare to publicly describe what auditors found and corrective actions taken.

view more »
Newsline

The error affects the 2015 and 2016 catheter-associated urinary tract infection predictive models; new models will be developed for affected facilities.

view more »
Newsline

The list includes reusable medical devices with the greatest risk of transmitting an infection or performing poorly if not properly reprocessed.

view more »
Newsline

CMS aims to eliminate or change outdated, costly, or inconsistent regulations for marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act.

view more »
Newsline

The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force outlines resources and the importance of cybersecurity to patient safety and continuity of operations.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar on June 28 will focus on the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program's Reducing Substance Use Disorders program area.

view more »
Newsline

States have until June 12 to complete an expression of interest form for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program track.

view more »
Newsline

The World Health Organization now groups antibiotics into three categories: Access, Watch, and Reserve, for drugs that should be used as a "last resort."

view more »
Newsline

The Vital Signs report notes ways to prevent the bacterial lung infection, which is fatal in 25 percent of people who contract it at a health care facility.

view more »
Newsline

The deadline for Medicare- and Medicaid-providers and suppliers to meet applicable requirements of the rule, including training and testing, is Nov. 15.

view more »
Newsline

Overall star ratings now will be released in October because of issues with data on three measures; hospitals can preview the ratings in July.

view more »
Newsline

CMS predicts nearly all clinicians in advanced alternative payment models in 2016 would qualify for a 2019 incentive payment for participating in 2017.

view more »
Newsline

The funds aim to increase the use of medication-assisted treatment, train first responders, and increase access to overdose reversal medications.

view more »
Newsline

The challenge asks organizations to share how they use the National Health Security Preparedness Index to advance health security and disaster preparedness.

view more »
Newsline

A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guide highlights technical resources for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program under MACRA.

view more »
Newsline

A white paper calls for a stop to impending cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments and recommends modernizing existing DSH policy.

view more »
Newsline

This year, 77 U.S. cases of Candida auris have been reported; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting health agencies in affected areas.

view more »
Newsline

The updates include guidance on reporting ransomware and note how Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance can protect from an attack.

view more »
Newsline

The nine-month program will link up to eight state Medicaid agencies with local housing systems to aid Medicaid beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

The final rule on drug ceiling prices and manufacturer civil monetary penalties under the 340B Drug Pricing Program now will go into effect on Oct. 1.

view more »
Newsline

The first performance year for new cardiac episode payment models and the effective date of joint replacement regulation amendments now starts Jan. 1, 2018.

view more »
Newsline

Magellan Diagnostics' LeadCare Analyzers could produce inaccurate blood lead test results when used with venous blood samples.

view more »
Newsline

The new checklist tool helps states compile the necessary documents to apply to waive ACA provisions and pursue alternative reforms.

view more »
Newsline

Ransomware, a type of malware that infects computers and restricts access to files until a ransom is paid, has hit health care organizations in the United Kingdom.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar will focus on managing resources, setting priorities, engaging stakeholders, and anticipating needs during crises, such as disease outbreaks.

view more »
Newsline

Several leadership posts — including FDA commissioner, National Coordinator for Health IT, AHRQ director, and HRSA administrator — have been filled.

view more »
Newsline

Clinicians enter their national provider identifier into the tool to determine whether they must submit data to the merit-based incentive payment system.

view more »
Newsline

The agency's Evidence-based Practice Centers Program wants to hear how health systems use evidence reports in decision-making.

view more »
Newsline

Three new amendments garnered enough Republican support to pass the bill in a 217-213 vote; CBO has not scored the bill since the amendments were added.

view more »
Newsline

The update for the 2018 performance year aligns electronic clinical quality measure specifications with current clinical guidelines and code systems.

view more »
Newsline

The new guidance updates recommendations issued in 1999; recommendations are categorized based on the quality of available supporting evidence.

view more »
Newsline

The study found an outbreak affecting 10 percent of the populations of the most vulnerable states would cost $10.3B in lost productivity and medical expenses.

view more »
Newsline

Penny Thompson, principal at Penny Thompson Consulting and former deputy director of CMS' Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, was named MACPAC chair.

view more »
Newsline

The study found that the penalty burden was greater in hospitals treating a high share of patients with socioeconomic disadvantages.

view more »
Newsline

Barriers to communication can be especially harmful for Medicare beneficiaries, who are more likely to have comorbidities and complex health needs.

view more »
Newsline

Rep. MacArthur (R-NJ) proposed an amendment to the AHCA that would have allowed states to opt out of several important insurance regulations.

view more »
Newsline

CDC has found an increase in Shigella bacteria resistant to flouroquinone antibiotics, which could indicate resistance to other drugs.

view more »
Newsline

A vote on the bipartisan bill could come Wednesday in the House, followed by Senate consideration before continuing resolution appropriations expire Friday.

view more »
Newsline

CMS updated the Hospital Compare website with new data, including health care–associated infections and HCAHPS survey data.

view more »
Newsline

A lethal, drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris could pose the country's leading health risk.

view more »
Newsline

In awarding the funds, HHS Secretary Tom Price committed to collaborating with states and seeking their “assistance to identify best practices, lessons learned, and key strategies that produce measurable results.”

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals expressed support of the delay of episode payment models to allow selected hospitals more time to prepare for participation.

view more »
Newsline

The training resource is the first in a series of eight learning modules to be released this year on the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines.

view more »
Newsline

The rule contains provisions on the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, Medicare DSH, the Inpatient Quality Reporting program, and more.

view more »
Newsline

The test detects antibodies produced as part of the body's immune response to the Zika virus and is expected to produce initial results within 58 minutes.

view more »
Newsline

Hospital participation in Medicare value-based programs in 2015, including ACOs and bundled payments, was associated with 2,377 fewer readmissions and $32.7 million in savings.

view more »
Newsline

It requires Medicare payments for beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicaid, and other third-party payments be included in uncompensated care calculations.

view more »
Newsline

When lawmakers return, they could attempt to make additional changes to pass the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace the ACA.

view more »
Newsline

The challenge aims to promote innovation using the National Health Security Preparedness Index; submissions are due July 31.

view more »
Newsline

Over a five-year period, CMS will test the three-track AHC model, which aims to support health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until May 5 to review overall Hospital Compare star rating and until May 10 to review value-based purchasing hospital-specific reports.

view more »
Newsline

Your members of Congress are back in their home districts through April 24, giving you an ideal opportunity to make your views known.

view more »
Newsline

The rankings provide a county-level “snapshot” of health and can help essential hospitals identify the needs of the communities they serve.

view more »
Newsline

The agency estimates that MA organization payment rates will increase by 0.45 percent on average in 2018, with an expected average revenue increase of 2.95 percent when accounting for coding changes.

view more »
Newsline

CMS finalizes the agency's interpretation that, in determining hospital-specific DSH payment limits, the total costs of care for Medicaid inpatient and outpatient services must account for all third-party payments.

view more »
Newsline

The Phillips HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator might not power up, charge, or deliver electrical shock therapy, and could unexpectedly stop pacing.

view more »
Newsline

The delay, which applies to certain hospital outreach labs, comes after stakeholders expressed concerns about the March 31, 2017, deadline.

view more »
Newsline

Talks of a deal to resurrect the American Health Care Act — legislation to repeal and replace the ACA that was pulled in March — are underway.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar and listening session, on April 4 and 5, will focus on MIPS' advancing care information performance category and cost measure development.

view more »
Newsline

President Trump established the commission and ordered it to make final recommendations by Oct. 1; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as chair.

view more »
Newsline

The deadline for meeting all applicable requirements of the rule is Nov. 15; CMS will host a provider conference call on April 27 to review the rule.

view more »
Newsline

House GOP leadership pulled the bill due to inadequate support; the association now resumes its focus on other hospital-related issues, including DSH cuts.

view more »
Newsline

Of particular note, NQF's Measure Applications Partnership acknowledged the need for more research to understand the role of socioeconomic status in health.

view more »
Newsline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants total $110 million, with up to 11 awardees receiving up to $2 million annually for up to five years.

view more »
Newsline

The American Health Care Act's Medicaid cuts would fall heavily on low-income states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

view more »
Newsline

The rule affects the Advancing Care Through Episode Payment Models, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Payment model, and changes to the CJR model.

view more »
Newsline

Samuel Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, testified at an event held by House Democrats on the Republican-proposed bill to repeal the ACA.

view more »
Newsline

The replacement plan would make steep cuts to Medicaid and leave an estimated 24 million more people uninsured, compared with current law under the ACA.

view more »
Newsline

This legislation is moving with unusual speed and could reach the Senate floor as early as next week if it wins House approval Thursday.

view more »
Newsline

Electronic health record information management is the top patient safety concern of 2017, according to a report released by the ECRI Institute on March 13.

view more »
Newsline

In addition to the merger, the organizations announced the release of a public health framework to guide patient safety efforts.

view more »
Newsline

Health care professionals who provide chronic care management services often are not aware they are eligible for separate payments under Medicare Part B.

view more »
Newsline

The letter affirms their desire to improve the Medicaid program and the vulnerable people it serves and to ensure the program provides value to taxpayers.

view more »
Newsline

The blueprint also shifts CDC funding to a $500 million block grant and creates a Federal Emergency Response Fund for public health outbreaks, like Zika.

view more »
Newsline

MACPAC's March report includes analysis on Medicaid DSH and impacts of the ACA on hospitals, as well as recommendations for the future of CHIP.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages infection preventionists and other interested staff to participate in its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) training course, which runs March 20-24 at CDC's Global Communications Center in Atlanta.

view more »
Newsline

The American Health Care Act moves next to the House Committee on the Budget, which is scheduled to mark up the legislation on Thursday.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals has launched a new "Action" section with improved navigation, easy access to key resources, and other features.

view more »
Newsline

The letter encourages states to pursue Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, especially those including high-risk pool/state-operated reinsurance programs.

view more »
Newsline

The FAQs outline how hospitals should complete the form's free-text field and clarify that the form must be issued to Medicare Advantage enrollees.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals expressed concerns about proposed changes that could harm the integrity of qualified health plan networks.

view more »
Newsline

HRSA has delayed until March 21 the effective date of a final rule on drug ceiling prices and manufacturer civil monetary penalties in the 340B program.

view more »
Newsline

A series of forums will provide information on the Next Generation ACO Model; a separate CMS webinar will outline the Medicare ACO Track 1+ Model.

view more »
Newsline

The March 22 webinar will outline the agencies' roles in the expansion of the program model, next steps for organization considering offering it & more.

view more »
Newsline

The list of 12 antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" is aimed at guiding and promoting the research and development of new antibiotics.

view more »
Newsline

Draft GOP text for legislation to repeal and replace the ACA leaks; a Senate committee is poised to vote on the administration's CMS administrator nominee.

view more »
Newsline

In a request for information, CMS seeks input on how to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP.

view more »
Newsline

The vaccine triggers an immune response to mosquito saliva; the study is expected to enroll up to 60 healthy adults and finish by summer 2018.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals will be required to provide the form and accompanying instructions to applicable Medicare patients starting March 8.

view more »
Newsline

A leaked House GOP plan to repeal & replace the ACA raises concerns for essential hospitals. A Senate committee considered nominee Seema Verma to lead CMS.

view more »
Newsline

CDC recommends hospitals clean rooms of patients with Candida auris daily and post-discharge with a disinfectant that is effective against C. diff.

view more »
Newsline

CMS has pushed back by seven weeks, to June 21, the deadline for qualified health plans to apply to participate in the ACA health insurance marketplaces in 2018.

view more »
Newsline

The delay is in accordance with a “regulatory freeze” set forth in a recent White House memorandum.

view more »
Newsline

CMS has extended the deadline for submitting certain hospital quality data after receiving reports of system issues and inaccessibility with QualityNet.

view more »
Newsline

Former Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as secretary of HHS; the Senate Committee on Finance will consider the nomination of Seema Verma as CMS administrator.

view more »
Newsline

CMS projects that Medicare Advantage organization payment rates will increase by 0.25 percent in 2018.

view more »
Newsline

A House subcommittee marked up two bills focused on income eligibility for Medicaid. The association weighed in on a hearing about the individual mandate.

view more »
Newsline

The Feb. 7 letter offers recommendations on proposed executive orders, regulations, and legislation that could affect essential hospitals, patients.

view more »
Newsline

NQF's Measure Applications Partnership submitted recommendations to HHS on 74 performance measures under consideration for 16 federal health care programs.

view more »
Newsline

CDC will host two free workshops with the National Ebola Training & Education Center to train health care workers on delivering patient care during an infectious disease epidemic.

view more »
Newsline

Eligible hospitals and professionals now have until March 13 to attest to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals and 57 other groups say restricting admission of certain foreign nationals and refugees will disrupt care, health education, and research.

view more »
Newsline

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks information about how health care delivery organizations work to become “learning healthcare systems.”

view more »
Newsline

No agreements have been reached about a repeal/replacement plan for the ACA and it appears Republicans in both chambers are far from making final decisions.

view more »
Newsline

The new guidance outlines how and when hospitals must deliver the notice, retention requirements, and how the notices intersect with state laws.

view more »
Newsline

The 90-minute webinar will focus on training hospital epidemiologists in the interpersonal skills necessary to handle an infectious disease outbreak.

view more »
Newsline

The second confirmation hearing was held for Rep. Price as HHS secretary and a House subcommittee held a hearing on the individual mandate's effectiveness.

view more »
Newsline

The 60-minute webinar on new episode payment models for cardiac care and surgical treatment for hip and femur fractures will begin at noon ET on Feb. 9.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals now have until March 13 — instead of Feb. 28 — to submit electronic clinical quality measure data from 2016 to CMS.

view more »
Newsline

Along with renewing ACOs, the 99 new organizations bring the total number of ACOs nationally to 480 in 2017.

view more »
Newsline

The course runs March 20–24 in Atlanta and includes expert content on different infection or event types, as well as antibiotic stewardship.

view more »
Newsline

With House and Senate passage of budget resolutions, efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act now move to committees and toward a Jan. 27 deadline for repeal legislation.

view more »
Newsline
Newsline

The report is the last in a series of five by an ad hoc committee focused on social risk factors that affect the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

Debate and amendment votes in the Senate are expected though the weekend. The Senate measure then will go to the House for consideration.

view more »
Newsline

The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model aims to boost participation from small rural hospitals and other smaller health care practices.

view more »
Newsline

The regulation makes "penny pricing" final and sets fines of up to $5,000 per instance of a manufacturer overcharging providers for covered medications in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

view more »
Newsline

OIG found that the federal portion of spending on catastrophic coverage reached $33.2 billion in 2015, compared with $10.8 billion in 2010.

view more »
Newsline

Hawaii is the first state to receive approval for a Section 1332 waiver, and will be allowed to close its Small Business Health Options Program for five years.

view more »
Newsline

Essential hospitals can expect the new Congress' Republican leaders to follow through quickly with their pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

view more »
Newsline

The changes, which reflect stakeholder feedback and the large volume of changes to ICD-10 in FY 2017, will be available on the National Library of Medicine’s Value Set Authority Center this month.

view more »
Newsline

New guidance describes how off-campus hospital provider-based departments can maintain their grandfathered status when relocating due to extraordinary circumstances.

view more »
Newsline

The new resources — including a mobile app, series of short videos, posters and more — are meant to help providers follow guidelines issued in March 2016.

view more »
cdc
Newsline

Up to $485 million annually will be awarded to up to 59 entities, with allocations based on a formula of unmet need and the number of drug-poisoning deaths.

view more »
Newsline

The report finds that dual enrollment status was “the most powerful predictor of poor outcomes” on many quality measures.

view more »
Newsline

These new EPMs and the updated CJR model will give clinicians more opportunities to earn incentive payments through advanced alternative payment models.

view more »
Newsline

Of particular interest to essential hospitals, CMS revised the Worksheet S-10, which hospitals use to report uncompensated care data.

view more »
Newsline

A CMS spokesperson said the project was pulled after the agency reviewed public comments — there were more than 1,300 comments submitted, mostly negative.

view more »
Newsline

CMS finalized a proposal to continue the current methodology, which qualified health plans use to satisfy the minimum essential community provider standard.

view more »
Newsline

MACPAC's recommendation is part of a larger package of suggestions meant to improve coverage for children in low- and moderate-income families.

view more »
Newsline

CMS will partner with up to six states on the new Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model, which was designed by the CMS Innovation Center.

view more »
Newsline

The data show about 125,000 fewer patients died because of hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015, resulting in a savings of $28 billion.

view more »
Newsline

CMS on Dec. 19 refreshed its Hospital Compare site, including data on the Ambulatory Surgical Center Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program & more.

view more »
Newsline

President Obama signs the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes the historic risk adjustment provision and also provides partial relief to hospitals from cuts to off-campus outpatient department payments.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers approve funding for the federal government through April 28, 2017, and pass legislation that includes two key advocacy wins for essential hospitals: socioeconomic risk adjustment and partial relief from outpatient department payment cuts.

view more »
Newsline

Under the rule, OIG provides safe harbor protections for hospital agreements that provide no-cost or discounted local transportation to established patients

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals is taking part in the Provider and Hospital Week of Action to promote open enrollment for insurance marketplaces under the ACA.

view more »
Newsline

The two new Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives models test different shared decision-making approaches designed to increase patient engagement.

view more »
Newsline

All hospitals and critical access hospitals will be required to provide the MOON to applicable patients beginning March 8, 2017.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals can request an exemption from the electronic clinical quality measure reporting requirement in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

view more »
Newsline

The CMS FAQ answers questions about new regulatory requirements to ensure health care facilities are ready for disasters and public health emergencies.

view more »
Newsline

Congress plans to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Dec. 9. The Senate is expected to pass 21st Century Cures legislation.

view more »
Newsline

The bill is a step toward expanding Project ECHO, an innovative “hub and spoke” education model created at association member University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals expressed continued concerns about qualified health plan network adequacy in federally facilitated marketplaces.

view more »
Newsline

Rep. Tom Price has been nominated to head HHS and Seema Verma, who graduated from the association's Fellows Program in 2001, has been nominated to lead CMS.

view more »
cms, hhs
Newsline

Congress is poised to pass legislation that would include socioeconomic risk adjustment for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and some relief from payment cuts for new hospital outpatient departments.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers are closing in on negotiations for 21st Century Cures legislation and also working to complete a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 2017.

view more »
Newsline

The notice contains state-specific FMAPs, used to determine the amount of federal matching funds for state Medicaid programs; and enhanced FMAPs, used to calculate federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

view more »
Newsline

The agency released software that will help developers build applications for clinicians and their practices and make it easier for organizations to retrieve and maintain QPP measures using the Explore Measures section of the QPP website.

view more »
Newsline

Starting in 2017, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can train to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

view more »
Newsline

The impending full control of government by Republicans is expected to kick start discussions about repealing the Affordable Care Act and passing entitlement reform.

view more »
Newsline

The letter provides operational and technical guidance to issuers of qualified health plans through the federal health insurance marketplace for 2018.

view more »
Newsline

The FAQ provides clarification on managed care contracts, rating periods, and external quality reviews, among other things.

view more »
Newsline

The campaign of online and print advertisements and media outreach calls on Congress to pass legislation to risk adjust the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

view more »
Newsline

The annual event encourages relevant stakeholders and the general public to engage in antibiotic stewardship in outpatient and inpatient settings.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed revisions would update requirements on patient safety and quality improvement, physician well-being, team-based care & resident work hours.

view more »
Newsline

These long-term HCBS services and supports are critical to ensure people can remain in their homes and communities as they receive treatment.

view more »
Newsline

The letter was signed by America's Essential Hospital and 20 other national organizations.

view more »
Newsline

Of particular interest to members of America’s Essential Hospitals are changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and provisions related to telehealth.

view more »
Newsline

It outlines factors stakeholders should focus on when designing alternative payment models, including type to propose, how to measure improvements, and more.

view more »
Newsline

CMS has awarded $347 million to the 16 organizations — including Premier Inc. — to support the next phase of a patient safety initiative.

view more »
Newsline

In the rule, CMS revised its earlier position not to direct any physician fee schedule payments to non-grandfathered, off-campus hospital clinics in 2017 and, instead, established a 50 percent interim rate.

view more »
Newsline

The open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017. Consumers must enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2017.

view more »
Newsline

The guide gives states information they need to develop actuarial rate certifications, such as benefit cost projections, pass-through payments, and risk mitigation strategies.

view more »
Newsline

The study found that treatment with high-risk antibiotics made sepsis 80 percent more likely compared with patients who were not treated with antibiotics.

view more »
Newsline

The Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity aims to educate providers on Zika screening protocols, clinical interventions, reporting processes and more.

view more »
Newsline

The notice contains state-specific, final FY 2014 disproportionate share hospital allotments, without reductions that would have been imposed under the ACA.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals will have the opportunity to discuss the potential contamination of heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.

view more »
Newsline

With the opportunities, clinicians potentially could earn a 5 percent incentive payment for a growing list of alternative payment models in 2017 and 2018.

view more »
Newsline

The FDA says the recalled electrodes might not connect properly to certain AEDs, delaying electrical therapy and potentially resulting in serious patient harm.

view more »
Newsline

The targets aim to significantly reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, MRSA, Clostridium difficile cases, and other infections by 2020.

view more »
Newsline

The Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative — a unique partnership between the Cambridge Health Alliance, public schools, and the police — serves at-risk youth.

view more »
Newsline

Association president and CEO argues that hospitals serving disadvantaged communities are penalized by federal quality initiatives that do not account for socioeconomic obstacles.

view more »
Newsline

Under the rule, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology now can conduct direct surveillance of certified health information technology.

view more »
Newsline

The rule establishes a "transition year," as well as flexibility for providers to choose their participation pace.

view more »
Newsline

Each year, APIC sponsors International Infection Prevention Week to highlight the importance of infection prevention in improving patient safety.

view more »
Newsline

Stӧckert 3T heater-cooler devices used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures might have been contaminated with M. Chimaera in the manufacturing process.

view more »
Newsline

This is the fourth of five reports from an ad hoc committee to identify social risk factors affecting health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center received the funding to educate health care sector stakeholders, partners on cybersecurity.

view more »
Newsline

CMS says it miscalculated some hospitals' uncompensated care share and provided the incorrect wage index reclassification status of four hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals and eligible professionals now can register to submit National Health Care Survey data in 2017.

view more »
Newsline

Congress passed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 9. Meanwhile, 179 House members sent a letter urging CMS to stop mandatory payment and service delivery demonstrations.

view more »
Newsline

Providers approved for a patient limit increase must report on caseload, patients referred to behavioral health care, and their diversion control plan.

view more »
Newsline

CMS will use social video platform Twitch, improve the HealthCare.gov mobile interface, and use #HealthyAdulting to encourage young adults to sign up.

view more »
Newsline

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires CMS to remove Social Security numbers from beneficiaries’ Medicare cards by April 2019.

view more »
Newsline

The summaries outline efforts by 19 working groups under the "Vital Directions" initiative to improve health care in the United States.

view more »
Newsline

On Sept. 27, the Senate failed to invoke cloture, which would have allowed it to move to final passage of the continuing resolution.

view more »
Newsline

The recommendations, developed by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, aim to optimize treatment and minimize adverse consequences.

view more »
Newsline

ONC has released a web-based resource that gives providers comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about applying health information technology.

view more »
Newsline

In August, CDC sent states about $2.5 million in laboratory supplies and equipment — including two diagnostic tests — to combat the Zika virus.

view more »
Newsline

Funding will be used for randomized clinical trials comparing two or more alternative clinical pain management strategies.

view more »
Newsline

Starting in 2017, the National Quality Forum's Consensus Standards Approval Committee will make final decisions on endorsements without board approval.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals eligible for the essential community providers list are participants in the 340B and DSH programs, critical access hospitals, and others.

view more »
Newsline

In May, CMS paused initial patient status reviews to ensure reviews are performed consistently and the two-midnight policy is properly applied.

view more »
Newsline

At stake is funding to combat the Zika virus, among several other policy issues that have kept the measure from moving forward.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar will focus on the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models proposed rule.

view more »
Newsline

A new policy brief by America's Essential Hospitals notes that managed care pathways might be a potential complement, or alternative, to waiver-based delivery system reform.

view more »
Newsline

The deadline for hospitals to amend their Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10 for fiscal year 2014 is Sept. 30.

view more »
Newsline

While details are still being finalized, a continuing resolution to fund the government through early December likely will include funding to combat Zika.

view more »
Newsline

A per-capita cap would allow the federal government to limit Medicaid spending by allocating a specific amount of funding based on states' enrollees.

view more »
Newsline

CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt announced the reporting options providers have to ensure they do not face a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

view more »
Newsline

CMS is seeking feedback on how to help states implement innovative payment, care delivery models consistent with MACRA's proposed Quality Payment Program.

view more »
Newsline

The Accountable Health Communities Model aims to close a gap in the health care delivery system between clinical care and community services.

view more »
Newsline

Comments on the proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 are due by Oct. 6.

view more »
Newsline

Congress seems likely to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government beyond Sept. 30. Lawmakers also are expected to approve funding to combat Zika.

view more »
Newsline

The grants to support marketplace navigators come as exchanges gear up for the Nov. 1 start of open enrollment for coverage beginning in 2017.

view more »
Newsline

In a FAQ document, CMS states that the required JW modifier and patient documentation policy applies to separately payable Part B drugs.

view more »
Newsline

The UI Health program aims to help the city's chronically homeless reach stability and reduce health care costs by providing them with permanent homes.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals must complete recertification of their compliance with all requirements of the 340B program. Failure to do so results in removal from the program.

view more »
Newsline

The funding is being administered by SAMHSA and CDC as part of HHS' Opioid Initiative, which aims to combat opioid misuse, dependence, and overdose.

view more »
Newsline

ONC is requesting feedback particularly on interoperability as it relates to social determinants of health and collection of gender identity data.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals and other providers generated more than $466 million in savings in 2015 through participation in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

view more »
Newsline

The guidance outlines nine steps hospitals should take, focusing on identifying symptoms, educating patients, and reporting Zika cases to health agencies.

view more »
Newsline

The webinar will introduce AHRQ's updated hospital guide for delivering transitional care to reduce readmissions among adult Medicaid patients.

view more »
Newsline

CMS is concerned that some providers might steer Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible patients into individual market plans to get higher payments.

view more »
Newsline

In a Vital Signs report ahead of Sepsis Awareness Month, in September, CDC highlights resources and events aimed at reducing sepsis.

view more »
Newsline

Review contractors will be able to use coding specificity as the reason for an audit or a denial of a claim to the extent that they did before Oct. 1, 2015.

view more »
Newsline

Medicare Part D spending increased 17 percent, outpacing overall prescription drug spending increases, according to CMS data.

view more »
Newsline

FDA said hospitals by now should have transitioned to alternative duodenoscope cleaning methods after a recall last year.

view more »
Newsline

The paper includes a framework to achieve health equity, guidance for measuring health equity, and a self-assessment tool for health care organizations.

view more »
Newsline

CMS encourages hospitals to view overall star ratings reports with inpatient and outpatient quality reporting preview data, while both are available.

view more »
Newsline

The grants will be used to expand telehealth use, help providers make quality improvement efforts, and support policy-focused research.

view more »
Newsline

A webinar and new election toolkit from America's Essential Hospitals can help to make sure hospitals' voices are heard this congressional election season.

view more »
Newsline

The rule would codify the interpretation that the calculation be based on uncompensated care costs for Medicaid beneficiaries not covered by another source.

view more »
Newsline

HRSA is proposing that a decision-making body within the Department of Health and Human Services be responsible for reviewing claims and resolving deputes.

view more »
Newsline

The voluntary recall now applies to all of PharmaTech’s liquid products, including those labeled by Bayshore, Centurion, Major, Metron, Rugby, and Virtus.

view more »
Newsline

The community health initiative, called Health Impact in 5 Years, launches on Aug. 9 with an introductory web forum.

view more »
Newsline

The rule includes the annual payment update to inpatient payment rates and changes to the Medicare disproportionate share hospital payment methodology.

view more »
Newsline

The advanced primary care medical home model is aimed at strengthening primary care and reducing overall health care costs.

view more »
Newsline

CMS will issue future rulemaking to further restrict new or increased pass-through payments under Medicaid managed care plan contracts.

view more »
Newsline

Funding will support work related to CDC Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

view more »
Newsline

Several members of America’s Essential Hospitals are among the participants selected for the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

view more »
Newsline

MUSC will launch a minority men’s health center to research the most effective methods for integrating, interpreting, and applying determinants of disease risks and outcomes to precision medicine strategies.

view more »
Newsline

The release comes after America’s Essential Hospitals and other hospital groups urged CMS to delay the ratings due to serious concerns with the methodology.

view more »
Newsline

Under the models, hospitals would be financially accountable beginning July 1, 2017, for meeting quality and cost measures for the entire episode of care.

view more »
Newsline

Agency expands the Zika-specific blood testing window for pregnant women from seven days after symptoms start to up to 14 days.

view more »
Newsline

The agency analyzed how subsets of hospitals, including those defined as a safety net, performed in the overall hospital star rating system.

view more »
Newsline

The funds are intended for epidemiological surveillance and investigation, mosquito control and monitoring, and strengthening of laboratory capacity.

view more »
Newsline

The report aims to identify social risk factors that affect beneficiaries' health outcomes and methods to account for these factors in payment programs.

view more »
Newsline

The new guidance reinforces the importance of compliance with HIPAA to prevent and recover from cyber threats.

view more »
Newsline

When Congress resumes, it will race to pass legislation to keep the government running beyond Sept. 30.

view more »
Newsline

Florida-based PharmaTech issued the voluntary recall of liquid docusate sodium that could be contaminated with B. cepacia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states.

view more »
Newsline

The rule, released July 7, updates physician payment rates for Medicare services and makes changes to physician quality programs.

view more »
Newsline

The patient has not traveled to an area with Zika or had sexual contact with a person infected with Zika, and there is no evidence of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Utah.

view more »
Newsline

The no-cost, updated quality indicator software is designed to aid quality improvement in acute-care hospital settings. AHRQ will host a July 19 webinar to detail changes to the software.

view more »
Newsline

This week, the Senate votes on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Last week, the House passed a mental health bill in a bipartisan vote.

view more »
Newsline

The actions build on the National Pain Strategy, a federally coordinated plan for reducing and better treating chronic pain.

view more »
Newsline

The testimony was submitted for a House Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on strengthening the national trauma system.

view more »
Newsline

The agency said patients who receive communication, counseling, or monitoring remotely for cardiovascular and respiratory disease experienced improved outcomes.

view more »
Newsline

Agency will use measure to calculate the proportion of adult patients with active, concurrent prescriptions for opioids or for an opioid and benzodiazepine at discharge.

view more »
Newsline

To avoid a government shutdown, Congress might have to pass an omnibus appropriations measure if lawmakers fail to reach spending agreements by Sept. 30.

view more »
Newsline

The agency says the proposed changes are intended to reduce a backlog of Medicare payment and coverage determination appeals.

view more »
Newsline

The event, from 1 - 2 pm ET, will include important information on the annual recertification process and best practices.

view more »
Newsline

The new CMS rate development guide outlines various provisions of the recent Medicaid managed care final rule that affect the rate-setting process.

view more »
Newsline

New officers and at-large member directors take positions on boards for association and its quality and research institute.

view more »
Newsline

Several health care organizations have been affected by ransomware, a cybersecurity threat in which an attacker holds a network hostage for payment.

view more »
hhs
Newsline

This year’s release includes some changes in both the information released and its classification.

view more »
Newsline

Failure to follow the public notice and process for Medicaid payment changes can result in delay or disapproval of state plan amendments.

view more »
Newsline

The Senate rejected a $1.1 billion Zika funding package, and Patrick Conway, with CMS, testified about the proposed Medicare Part B demonstration project.

view more »
Newsline

The overall star rating hospital-specific reports will be available to hospitals for 30 days, starting from the June 22 reload date.

view more »
Newsline

The funding was distributed as part of the Prevention Epicenters Program, which aims to develop and test new approaches to patient safety and infection prevention.

view more »
Newsline

CDC has received multiple reports of Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) infection clusters in pediatric intensive care units.

view more »
Newsline

The new BMC study underscores “the importance of continued support for safety-net and minority-serving hospitals as national reform unfolds."

view more »
Newsline

By forming strategic partnerships and using social media, CMS aims to “reach young adults where they are” to facilitate engagement during open enrollment.

view more »
Newsline

The plan would convert Medicaid to a program managed entirely by states through block grants or per-capita allotments from the federal government.

view more »
Newsline

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the National Trauma System. Opioid legislation cleared both chambers.

view more »
Newsline

CDC has released a draft interim response plan for the first locally acquired Zika virus cases in the continental United States and Hawaii.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals gave feedback on Medicare DSH payments, payments associated with the two-midnight policy, and quality reporting programs.

view more »
Newsline

A review of 61 studies found that expansion under the ACA has improved health coverage, access to care, and economic outcomes.

view more »
Newsline

Individuals must prove they are eligible to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment. HHS also proposes amending risk adjustment for insurers.

view more »
Newsline

The no-cost continuing education/continuing medical education video on how health IT systems can enable patient-centered care is available until June 30.

view more »
Newsline

America’s Essential Hospitals, whose members care for the nation’s vulnerable patients, today recognized five member hospitals and health systems with the 2016 Gage Award for outstanding work to improve quality and population health.

view more »
Newsline

Senate appropriators pass HHS spending bill that includes 340B Drug Pricing Program user fee and instructions to HRSA to consider stakeholder input in final mega-guidance.

view more »
Newsline

The HAC reports might have contained the incorrect hospital name in one table. CMS will distribute new reports to affected hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

Providers have until July 1 to apply for a hardship exception to avoid a penalty for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

view more »
Newsline

The guidance recommends that hospitals prepare for increased demand for certain types of providers and inform patients about sexual transmission of Zika.

view more »
Newsline

CMS has delayed the effective date of a new claims coding and patient documentation policy for unused Medicare Part B drugs from July 1 to Jan. 1, 2017.

view more »
Newsline

The legislation would incorporate risk adjustment for socioeconomic status into Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

view more »
Newsline

The new rule aims to help more accountable care organizations successfully participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

view more »
Newsline

A CMS bulletin reminds states that Medicaid funds can be used for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the Zika virus.

view more »
Newsline

CDC's June Vital Signs finds that the number of U.S. residents with Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever increased 286 percent from 2000 to 2014.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers are expected to have a busy June that also could include agreement among House and Senate leaders on funding to combat Zika.

view more »
Newsline

New hospital resource offers examples of ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria and outlines CDC's core elements of stewardship programs.

view more »
Newsline

CMS has released a no-cost resource to help patients access care after signing up for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces.

view more »
Newsline

CDC will host two webinars this month to discuss a program to educate health care professionals about the social factors that affect overall health.

view more »
Newsline

The complimentary webinar series will focus on key provisions of the April 25 final rule for selected topics.

view more »
Newsline

Panel approves bill that would add socioeconomic risk adjustment to Medicare's readmissions reduction program and avert some cuts to hospital outpatient departments.

view more »
Newsline

The rule, effective Dec. 1, more than doubles the salary threshold for the Fair Labor Standards Act white collar exemption. The Department of Labor will automatically update the salary level threshold every three years.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals have until June 4 to preview reports on overall Medicare star ratings, which will be publicly posted to Hospital Compare in July.

view more »
Newsline

The CDC has launched a registry — in collaboration with state, local, tribal, and territorial health agencies — to track pregnancy and infant outcomes of women who were possibly infected with Zika.

view more »
Newsline

Delay of patient status reviews will continue until further notice. The agency will work with Quality Improvement Organizations to ensure the two-midnight policy is enforced consistently for all hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

The House and Senate are expected to vote on Zika spending. In other activity, opioid measure are set to go to conference and committees review Part B payment model and tax-related health proposals.

view more »
Newsline

The rule carries out Affordable Care Act protections for individuals in federally funded health programs and sets new requirements for supporting people with limited English proficiency.

view more »
Newsline

The proposed rule includes key provisions for carrying out a new physician payment system to replace Medicare's sustainable growth rate updates.

view more »
Newsline

The House is expected to vote on several opioid-related measures, and 19 House Democrats sent CMS a letter of support for the Medicare Part B demonstration to reduce drug costs.

view more »
Newsline

The decision follows the pharmaceutical company's recent recalculation of 340B ceiling prices for 25 products for the third quarter of 2012 through the second quarter of 2013.

view more »
Newsline

Two association members are among six sites nationally that will test or implement winning solutions in the HHS “A Bill You Can Understand" challenge.

view more »
Newsline

In new Modern Healthcare commentary, America's Essential Hospitals president and CEO says proposed guidance conflicts with HHS goals for readmissions, access, and care coordination.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers are in recess this week following failure of the House to pass a bipartisan budget resolution. Last week, House and Senate committees tackled opioids, disparities, and mental health.

view more »
Newsline

The new provisions include updated sprinkler requirements and increased flexibility to allow for facility modernization. Hospitals and other health care facilities must comply with the regulations by July 3.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers continue negotiations to respond to the president’s request for $1.9 billion in emergency funding. Also this week, an expert from association member The University of Chicago Medicine will participate in a Capitol Hill forum on minority health disparities.

view more »
Newsline

To prevent transmission of the virus, workers should use proper infection control and biosafety practices to avoid direct contact with blood-borne pathogens.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals and other providers now have until May 20 to submit a letter of intent for the Next Generation ACO model, which carries greater risk but also offers greater rewards; applications are due May 25.

view more »
Newsline

The rule maintains a prohibition against direct payments by states to providers for services delivered under managed care contracts and explicitly prohibits states from directing plan expenditures.

view more »
Newsline

The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model will encourage primary care practices to transform care delivery, including by increasing care management and coordination.

view more »
Newsline

The release marks the first time CMS has provided MA beneficiary experience data stratified by race and ethnicity.

view more »
Newsline

The proposal would reverse the cut starting in FY 2017, in addition to a temporary adjustment to retroactively pay for reduced payments from fiscal years 2014 to 2016.

view more »
Newsline

Responding to hospital and other stakeholder concerns, CMS says the delay will allow a greater opportunity to fully understand the impact of the final star ratings methodology.

view more »
Newsline

In a letter, two Senate leaders ask CMS to reduce hospital opioid use. The House Energy and Commerce Committee examines MACRA and marks up 12 health bills.

view more »
Newsline

The database could help determine a rural hospital's classification as a teaching hospital and, in turn, its eligibility for Medicare funding of a new residency program.

view more »
Newsline

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities program aims to improve disparities in surgical care and outcomes among disadvantaged populations.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals that perform well in quality programs—despite serving high levels of vulnerable patients—invest in health equity, data, collaborative partnerships, patient engagement, and more.

view more »
Newsline

Changes will more accurately reflect cost of care for dual eligibles and adjust Medicare Advantage star ratings for enrollees' socioeconomic and disability statuses.

view more »
Newsline

Lawmakers say star ratings fail to consider patients' socioeconomic status and could mislead consumers. House, Senate also work on appropriations legislation, Zika, Flint water crisis, and health tax.

view more »
Newsline

A 2015 budget law that creates site-neutral payment for off-campus hospital outpatient departments does not directly affect 340B Drug Pricing Program eligibility, but changes to how hospitals report Medicare costs does raise concerns.

view more »
Newsline

States now have until Oct. 1 to submit plans. Agency continues to omit hospital services from the list of core services subject to review.

view more »
Newsline

Special Innovation Project grants will be awarded to 28 partnerships with QIN-QIOs to support and scale quality improvement projects. Projects should aim to provide Medicare beneficiaries with better care, better health, and greater value.

view more »
Newsline

HELP Committee finishes work on package of 19 bills, designed to complement the House-passed 21st Century Cures measure. The House is in recess this week.

view more »
Newsline

In letter to CMS, association raises issues of payment, definition of off-campus outpatient department of a provider, and 340B eligibility.

view more »
Newsline

Regulation provides more robust mental health, substance use care options for those in Medicaid alternative benefit plans, CHIP, and Medicaid managed care.

view more »
Newsline

As part of LGBT Awareness Week, March 28 to April 1, department seeks a public conversation on health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

view more »
Newsline

To prevent spread, agency recommends personal protective equipment (PPE) for labor and delivery personnel and delays in conception, sexual activity for those with symptoms.

view more »
Newsline

Updated guidance clarifies that covered entities may use and disclose protected health information for treatment or for quality and other health care operations.

view more »
Newsline

Tool, developed by association member University of Chicago, shows geographic disparities in health outcomes, health care use, and health care spending.

view more »
Newsline

House Republicans might not have the votes to pass their budget resolution before a two-week congressional recess. House committees take up opioids and medical liability and the Senate HELP committee continues work on its 21st Century Cures companion legislation.

view more »
Newsline

The new recommendations are based on principles that promote alternative therapies and minimum effective opioid dosage. CDC also released fact sheets and other resources.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals and other providers now have until May 2 to submit a letter of intent to participate in the second and final round of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.

view more »
Newsline

Select laboratories nationally will have access to new diagnostic tool that enables providers to determine with one test, rather than three, whether a patient is infected with chikungunya, dengue, or Zika.

view more »
Newsline

Department calls for interagency approach that employs alternative payment models and better communication between patients and providers.

view more »
Newsline

Latest Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety data show gaps in care for racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups have become less pronounced over time.

view more »
Newsline

Just added: CDC interim guidance for management of survivors of Ebola Virus disease in U.S. health care settings

view more »
Newsline

Guide gives providers best practices in fight against central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), one of the most deadly health care-associated infections annually in the United States.

view more »
Newsline

House Committee on Energy and Commerce approves legislation that would cut provider taxes, repeal enhanced FMAP for prisoners and CHIP, and end ACA Prevention and Public Health Fund.

view more »
Newsline

Under new model, providers will screen Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for unmet social needs and connect patients to community services. Applications are due May 18.

view more »
Newsline

Fact sheet and updated frequently asked questions document detail responsibilities of covered entities and the rights of individuals under HIPAA.

view more »
ehr, hhs
Newsline

Conservative Freedom Caucus opposes GOP budget plan; Senate-passed bill would combat opioid abuse; health committees work on mental health, Medicare improvement.

view more »
Newsline

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pediatricians ask patients or their caregivers about access to basic needs and refer them to nutrition and housing resources when necessary.

view more »
Newsline

FDA official notes "urgent need” to accelerate development of medical products to combat the virus and says the agency will “leverage its authorities" to aid that process.

view more »
Newsline

The CDC has organized two events for Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 13-19, and is releasing new patient safety–focused materials on its website.

view more »
Newsline

Nonpartisan PAC would support congressional candidates who champion policies that improve access to the high-quality health care essential hospitals provide.

view more »
Newsline

HHS finalizes 2017 Notice of Payment and Benefit Parameters rule and letter to issuers offering qualified health plans on the federally facilitated marketplace.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals, providers can claim exclusions for public health meaningful use measures to avoid inadvertent penalties from the 2015 EHR Incentive Program final rule.

view more »
Newsline

Final rule and implementation as described in the guidance could significantly reduce Medicaid payments for 340B-covered outpatient drugs in some states.

view more »
Newsline

Changes allow IHS and tribal facilities to enter into care coordination agreements with non-IHS/tribal providers to furnish certain services for AI/AN Medicaid beneficiaries.

view more »
Newsline

The House will consider a bill to prevent payments to providers ineligible for Medicaid and CHIP. The Senate will consider measures to fund opioid abuse and respond to the Flint water crisis.

view more »
Newsline

Agency's decision to extend deadline to July 1 gives eligible hospitals an additional three months to file for an exception.

view more »
Newsline

Telehealth Network Grant Program will award up to 20 grants for a maximum of $300,000 annually to expand services; applications are due April 8.

view more »
Newsline

New instructions are validated by the FDA to ensure they meet proper guidelines to avoid transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

view more »
Newsline

Children who have been to infected areas within past two weeks or show two or more symptoms of Zika virus should be screened for the virus.

view more »
Newsline

Guidance on the new sepsis measure (SEP-1) is now available on QualityNet, including what documentation can be used for data elements in the chart-abstracted measure.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals should stratify data and reduce language barriers to improve equity, thought leaders say in new report.

view more »
Newsline

Association responds to House lawmakers' request for comment on Medicare's new payment policy for off-campus hospital outpatient departments. Congress works on FY 2017 budget, holds hearings on Zika virus and opiod abuse.

view more »
Newsline

The National Safety Net Advancement Center at Arizona State University has announced virtual learning collaboratives and grant funding of up to $80,000 for hospitals working to overcome payment and care delivery reform challenges.

view more »
Newsline

New group for members who want to take an active role in defending against Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment cuts.

view more »
Newsline

Agency says blood donors should self-defer if they show symptoms, have traveled to Zika-infected regions, or have had sexual contact with someone from an infected region.

view more »
Newsline

Eligible hospitals now have until March 11 to show meaningful use of EHR technology or face a Medicare payment adjustment in 2017.

view more »
Newsline

New clinical quality measure sets for physicians were created in collaboration with stakeholders to increase multipayer alignment, while reducing cost and administrative burden. The core measure sets will inform the implementation of MACRA.

view more »
Newsline

Providers now must report and return a Medicare Part A or B overpayment to CMS by the later date of 60 days since identification or the corresponding cost report due date. The final rule also establishes a six-year lookback period.

view more »
Newsline

Partisan politics follow Scalia death; House speaker to table entitlement reform until next year; congressional panels to hold hearings on HHS budget, opiod abuse, Zika virus.

view more »
Newsline

Budget plan would improve Medicaid access and coverage and tackle drug pricing, but make damaging Medicare cuts; lawmakers examine Medicaid housing coverage, FMAP, 21st Century Cures, mental health.

view more »
Newsline

State hospital association says risk adjusting CMS readmissions methodology results in significantly less variation in measured quality differences among hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

Webcasts, co-hosted by HRSA OPA and pharmacist association, will focus on helping covered entities identify steps needed to develop and maintain comprehensive 340B policies and procedures in an auditable manner.

view more »
Newsline

House, Senate panels to examine rising cost of drugs, lack of transparency in the drug price negotiation process, and barriers to generic drug applications.

view more »
Newsline

The new FAQ clarify that site neutral law won't impact PO modifier requirements. PO modifiers must be included on claims as of Jan. 1 for all services and items furnished in off-campus, provider-based departments.

view more »
Newsline

Now-voluntary OAS CAHPS will measure patient experience of care in Medicare-certified hospital outpatient departments and ASCs. The first public reporting of data is not expected until 2018.

view more »
Newsline

CDC recommends screening pregnant women returning from high-infection areas if they show symptoms of virus or have related fetal complications. The virus was first identified in Brazil in May 2015 and has spread to 23 countries throughout the Americas.

view more »
Newsline

The guide focuses on reducing readmissions for racial and ethnic minority groups and is part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.

view more »
Newsline

New, streamlined process requires less information from hospitals for application; deadline to apply is April 1.

view more »
Newsline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory for the growing number of hemodialysis patients who are acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV).

view more »
Newsline

Senate Judiciary examines heroin and prescription drug abuse; Winter Storm Jonas delays scheduled House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on Medicaid FMAP

view more »
Newsline

Previews of reports, to be published online in April, available now through QualityNet Secure Portal; final methodology includes 60 measures from inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs.

view more »
Newsline

World Health Organization declares end of epidemic in West Africa, but says to expect small flare-ups due to persistence of virus after patient recovery.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals and two members systems host congressional staff for round-table discussions about how proposed 340B Drug Pricing Program guidance threatens vulnerable patients and essential hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

Agency collaborates with CMS to offer technical assistance to hospitals working on quality improvement projects for children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

view more »
Newsline

Covered entities are no longer required to post a public letter to the HRSA website if 340B audit findings result in potential repayment. Instead, HRSA will publish notices with covered entity contact information.

view more »
Newsline

Comments urge CCIIO to require that ACA marketplace plans include willing essential community provider (ECP) hospitals and ensure payment rates support access to care.

view more »
Newsline

First of five consensus reports from National Academy of Medicine (NAM) ad hoc committee identifies social risk factors for Medicare payment and quality programs, and the measures they can impact.

view more »
Newsline

March 8 to 9 event, in Washington, DC, offers opportunities to meet with your congressional delegation and network with other hospital leaders; book a room by Feb. 12 for special conference rate.

view more »
Newsline

New ACOs are eligible for risk-bearing tracks with increased savings for positive patient outcomes and penalties for negative outcomes. A total of 477 ACOs will care for almost 8.9 million beneficiaries in 2016.

view more »
Newsline

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute initiatives support comparative effectiveness research, enlist advocates to raise awareness of research opportunities.

view more »
Newsline

Obama touts ACA successes in final address, calls for ongoing support of Medicare, Social Security. House Speaker Ryan prepares ACA replacement plan as GOP continues repeal efforts; Califf wins Senate HELP vote.

view more »
Newsline

No-fee course, Feb. 29 to March 4 in Atlanta, to focus on January 2016 updates to the NHSN patient safety component manual.

view more »
Newsline

Educational surveys to help CMS determine best ways to assess infection control regulations for hospitals, nursing homes, and care transitions. Surveys to begin in FY 2016 for nursing homes and in FY 2017 for hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

Agencies seek information on quality reporting to help reduce the burden on eligible hospitals and providers; comments are due Feb. 1.

view more »
Newsline

Dec. 23 letter provides operational, technical guidance to qualified health plans (QHPs) and outlines network adequacy standards for plans offered through the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace.

view more »
Newsline

Accountable Health Communities to test whether clinical and community-based services alignment can improve care quality and affordability. CMS offers webinars on grant application process; letters of intent are due Feb. 8.

view more »
Newsline

House returns from recess for largely symbolic vote on Senate-passed reconciliation bill that would repeal many ACA provisions, including Medicaid expansion; Senate remains out.

view more »
Newsline

CMS now able to grant categorical exceptions to essential providers and hospitals that did not meet 2015 requirements; hospital applications due April 1.

view more »
Newsline

Budget deal includes a $3 billion funding increase for the NIH and $300 million for the CDC.

view more »
Newsline

Agency seeks comment on its proposal to collect information on the burden associated with guidelines for manufacturer audits of covered entities; comments are due to HRSA by Feb. 22.

view more »
Newsline

Association generally supports move toward patient-centered care, but urges CMS to ensure provisions do not place an administrative burden on hospitals.

view more »
Newsline

America's Essential Hospitals urges CMS to include hospital services among those subject to triennial state reviews to determine whether payments ensure adequate access.

view more »
Newsline

New members include six who will serve three-year terms and one who will serve the remaining two years of a vacant seat; GW health policy expert Sara Rosenbaum was named chair.

view more »
Newsline

House and Senate lawmakers negotiate omnibus appropriations bill and two-year extension of tax cuts, but fail to provide relief on new Medicare site-neutral payment policy for hospital outpatient departments.

view more »
Newsline

The guidance, open for a 30-day public comment period, will give providers more clarity on the appropriate use of opioid prescriptions outside of cancer and palliative care; comments are due Jan. 13.

view more »
Newsline

Agency to give hospitals opportunity to comment on law's requirements for notifying Medicare beneficiaries when outpatient observation services last longer than 24 hours.

view more »
Newsline

Hospital performance data for FY 2016 available on Hospital Compare; hospitals in bottom quartile face 1 percent Medicare payment cut.

view more »
Newsline

Congress debates omnibus appropriations measure, considers another stop-gap funding bill, as deadline for government shutdown looms.

view more »
Newsline

CDC report outlines the need for monitoring of CRE and related antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

view more »
Newsline

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Action Plan directs HHS to issue best practices for hospitals to ensure access to services for patients with HIV. CMS also will provide states with information on program flexibility to ensure access to testing, coordinated care.

view more »
Newsline

Out-of-pocket expenses higher in ACA marketplaces and coverage worse for children, especially those with special needs, HHS reports.

view more »
Newsline

CMS website includes information on changes to Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in recent final rule.

view more »
Newsline
Newsline

Site for hospitals and other health care facilities reflects violent incident rate four times higher than other sectors

view more »
Newsline

Eligible hospitals have until Dec. 31 to submit data through QualityNet for the Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive programs.

view more »
Newsline

Hospitals must establish and implement policies and procedures for managing alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016.

view more »
Newsline

Court-ordered justification provides additional insight for 0.2 percent inpatient payment rates cut agency linked to policy

view more »
Newsline

Benefits of coated, intravascular devices outweigh risks, but hospitals and other providers should remain vigilant and report adverse events, agency says

view more »
Newsline

Congress returns from Thanksgiving recess to must-pass bills on highway funding and appropriations; Senate leaders work on reconciliation package ahead of Dec. 11 appropriations vote.

view more »
Newsline

Congressional staff continue negotiating omnibus appropriations package, which is expected to go to a vote by Dec. 11; Sen. Wyden asks HHS for update on progress of state 1332 waivers.

view more »
Newsline

Obama administration proposal would add drug utilization review and restriction program to Medicare to fight opioid overuse.

view more »
Newsline

Resource helps hospitals apply concepts from the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections and create a culture of safety at the unit level.

view more »