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America's Essential Hospitals is pleased to see that bipartisan Senate drug pricing legislation would repeal two years of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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We thank House and Senate lawmakers for again standing with essential hospitals and vulnerable patients by delaying an unsustainable, damaging cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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Rather than empower consumers with meaningful information, the administration's plan only would give health plans an unfair advantage in negotiations with providers and put access to care at risk.

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A new report from Essential Hospitals Institute shows that essential hospitals are taking steps to make themselves and their communities resilient to climate change and to reduce their own carbon footprint, but they face financial and other barriers to these goals.

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The proposed regulation would undermine the financial stability of state Medicaid programs by restricting the flexibility states have to meet their commitment to vulnerable patients and avoid spending cutbacks that threaten access to care.

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The final rule jeopardizes access to care in underserved communities and flouts court rulings on unlawful federal policies regarding payments to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program and to provider-based outpatient departments.

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America's Essential Hospitals applauds a U.S. District Court's ruling to halt enforcement of the administration's damaging policy to expand the public charge definition.

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The Senate's bipartisan action, like that of the House, recognizes the vital role essential hospitals play across the country in caring for vulnerable patients and communities — and the threat DSH cuts pose to access to care.

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The continuing resolution averts the imminent and deeply damaging $4 billion cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments.

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The U.S. District Court’s ruling that the government overstepped its authority by cutting payments to hospital outpatient clinics is a victory for vulnerable patients and an important step toward protecting access to care in underserved communities.

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While the rules help remove barriers to care coordination, the association calls to fully align Part 2 with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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The administration’s final rule on the public charge definition worsens the chilling effect that threatens the health of millions of people by making it more likely they forgo care for themselves and their families to avoid putting their legal immigration status at risk.

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The proposed rule needlessly prolongs the uncertainty, confusion, and harm the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created when it unlawfully cut payments to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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In the report, America's Essential Hospitals and other national hospital associations call for digitizing the HCAHPS patient satisfaction survey and capturing social determinants of health that affect survey scores.

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The committee’s action on DSH funding marks a significant step forward in efforts to save the safety net from a fiscal cliff Oct. 1, when a $4 billion DSH funding cut is set to take effect.

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Forty-six rising leaders from 22 health systems nationally will explore population health, diversity and inclusion, and health care policy.

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New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and education arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, take office July 1.

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We thank President Trump for signing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019, which will direct more resources to hospitals and other providers on the front lines of disasters and other public health threats.

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The Gage Awards honor creative and successful programs at essential hospitals that enhance patient care and meet community needs.

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Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit, will begin his term July 1.

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The administration's proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities, will worsen access to care and disparities for many of the nation's most vulnerable populations.

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We applaud the letter’s organizers, Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pete Olson (R-TX), and all their House colleagues for recognizing the severe threat posed by Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts and standing up for patients, communities, and hospitals.

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America’s 340B hospitals are pleased with the District Court’s decision and urge the Department of Health and Human Services to follow the judge’s directive to promptly resolve the harm caused by its unlawful cuts to Medicare reimbursement.

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New data from America’s Essential Hospitals show that persistently high levels of uncompensated and charity care pushed average margins down to one-fifth that of other hospitals in 2017, reflecting financial pressure that could deepen with federal funding cuts this year.

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A new toolkit from the Essential Hospitals Institute will help find and develop professionals who can lead population health initiatives. The toolkit details a core skill set for population health executives and includes a template job description and skill assessment worksheets.

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission analysis shows hospitals that care for Medicaid and uninsured patients still depend on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments to meet this mission. Congress must act now to stop the October disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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We find it unfortunate that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decided to publish hospital star ratings today even as the agency proposed changes that recognize ongoing flaws in the ratings methodology.

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The project, funded by The Kresge Foundation, will examine what support essential hospitals need to achieve climate resiliency—making hospitals and communities better able to adapt to climate change—and the challenges they face reaching that goal.

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We now call on the Senate to invest in the nation’s disaster response and public health infrastructure by reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act.

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The U.S. District Court's ruling will help ensure the 340B Drug Pricing Program can continue supporting access to affordable health care in our most vulnerable communities.

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This profoundly troubling decision threatens to leave millions of Americans — including many with pre-existing conditions — little hope for affordable health care coverage and financial stability.

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We welcome today’s decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to our lawsuit by issuing a final rule for enforcing 340B Drug Pricing Program ceiling price transparency and civil monetary penalties starting Jan. 1, 2019.

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America’s Essential Hospitals today published a new online library of guides, videos, infographics, and other tools to help essential hospitals and clinicians talk with vulnerable patients about the cost of care and to incorporate these conversations into the clinical workflow.

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The rule undermines stability and choice for vulnerable patients by continuing to cut critical funding to hospitals serving people who face barriers to care.

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We are pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has responded to our lawsuit with other national organizations by proposing a Jan. 1, 2019, effective and compliance date for 340B Drug Pricing Program enforcement.

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By creating a strong disincentive to seek care, this rule would force people to forgo medical visits and medications until they are sicker and costlier to treat.

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The American Hospital Association’s good stewardship principles for the 340B Drug Pricing Program demonstrate and affirm the hospital community’s commitment to accountability and transparency for this vital program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and 340B Health filed their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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America’s Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges, along with three hospital plaintiffs, refiled our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reverse Medicare cuts to 340B hospitals.

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With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Essential Hospitals Institute will research best practices for building patient trust in hospitals that fill a safety-net role.

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America’s Essential Hospitals won two gold awards and an honorable mention in the 2018 dotCOMM Awards for excellence in web creativity and digital communication.

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The rule would make bad policies worse, impose draconian new cuts that jeopardize access to care, and undermine the foundation of the nation's health care safety net.

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The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America’s Essential Hospitals expressed disappointment that the courts once again failed to rule on merits of the 340B case and vowed to continue the fight to reverse these unwarranted cuts.

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New research from America's Essential Hospitals provides a road map to integrate person-centered care and evidence-based research into hospital care for vulnerable patients.

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New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and quality arm, Essential Hospitals Institute take office July 1.

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The Gage Awards honor creative and successful programs at essential hospitals that enhance patient care and meet community needs.

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Cleveland Clinic government affairs chief Carlos Jackson will join the association as its new vice president of legislative affairs and oversee the organization's Capitol Hill work.

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The annual report from America's Essential Hospitals shows the association's members provided disproportionate levels of uncompensated care, charity care, and physician training in 2016.

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Research, led by the University of Kentucky and supported by Essential Hospitals Institute, found that outcomes most important to patients and families are preparedness, accountability, and feeling cared for by providers.

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The agency says postponing the July release will allow additional time to analyze the impact of changes to some measures.

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The bill would bring relief to essential hospitals and their patients from damaging Medicare outpatient payment cuts and much-needed accountability for manufacturers in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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The delay enables manufacturer overcharges that jeopardize access to affordable drugs for vulnerable patients and drive up costs for hospitals.

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The decision to delay rules to safeguard patients and hospitals from drug company overcharges is unacceptable and undermines the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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America’s Essential Hospitals this week kicks off a year-long project to equip hospitals with education and tools to support conversations with vulnerable patients about the cost of health care. The project is funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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The nation’s safety net cannot sustain the dramatic cuts in this proposal to Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs on which low-income working Americans and their families depend.

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Congress made the right choice this morning for patients and communities by voting to halt damaging cuts to hospitals that care for low-income working families and others who face financial challenges.

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America's Essential Hospitals praises lawmakers for including a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment cuts in the latest proposal to fund the federal government.

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The groups called for swift action on seven programs and policies lawmakers left out of a Jan. 19 continuing resolution that funds the government through Feb. 8 and that extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program by six years.

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This badly misleading report makes no attempt to focus on or isolate the 340B drug payment policy. Rather, it masks the policy's damaging impact by conflating it with other unrelated policy changes.

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We commend the House for funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but regret lawmakers chose not to extend the same support to hospitals at the center of our health care safety net.

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The harm from disproportionate share hospital cuts is imminent, but not unavoidable. Congress must act immediately to stop the cuts in its next government funding measure.

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The chief executives of 18 of the nation’s largest hospital systems that care for low-income patients asked congressional leaders for a two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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The association is using Capitol Hill advocacy, member mobilization, and advertising to halt current disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and delay further cuts for at least two years.

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District court judge finds that the lawsuit was premature, but he does not rule on the merits of the claim by America's Essential Hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Hospitals cannot sustain these losses without scaling back services or closing altogether, especially as the ranks of the uninsured swell with the end of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Congress must immediately halt the cuts when lawmakers return in January.

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