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Today's reports of a draft policy brief describing how House Republicans would replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) raise significant concerns about whether the plan could protect the health of low-income and other struggling Americans.

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America's Essential Hospitals tells the newly confirmed Secretary Price that it looks forward to working with him to ensure essential hospitals can sustain their commitment to vulnerable patients and underserved communities.

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If Congress fails to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a comparable plan, coverage losses and scheduled cuts to hospital funding would total up to $40.5 billion nationally for hospitals that fill a safety-net role, a new analysis shows.

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The 18-month project of the association's Essential Hospitals Institute will explore whether and to what extent hospitals use patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research to improve care delivery.

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The decision preserves the 340B program’s valuable benefits to low-income and other disadvantaged people, and the hospitals on which they depend.

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We welcome a constructive discussion about how to improve Medicaid without jeopardizing access to health care services for vulnerable people. But proposals to convert Medicaid to block grants so far fail to cross even this basic threshold.

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With their vote, senators have helped level the playing field for essential hospitals by risk adjusting readmissions measures that unfairly penalize hospitals for factors outside their control.

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Essential hospitals thank House lawmakers for voting to protect access to health care services for vulnerable patients and underserved communities by accounting for patients' social and economic status in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

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America’s Essential Hospitals is pleased President-Elect Trump has made health care experience a priority in his choices for Secretary of Health and Human Services and administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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The publication highlights which approaches work best, what barriers essential hospitals face, and how to transfer this work to other communities.

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The association calls on the new administration to sustain support for the safety net and reject changes that reduce spending at the expense of coverage and access.

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While the final rule provides some relief from onerous proposed payment policies, it continues to put underserved communities at risk of further declines in access to care, the association says.

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America's Essential Hospitals and Premier Inc., a leading health care improvement company, have formed a partnership to help essential hospitals improve health care quality, reduce delivery costs and succeed in alternative payment models that promote population health.

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We are disappointed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) chose to publicly release overall hospital star ratings today, when so many questions remain about the data behind the ratings and their value to consumers.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' narrow interpretation of Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 threatens to reduce access to badly needed health care services in the nation's most underserved communities.

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

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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.

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Latest member profile from America's Essential Hospitals shows that, despite ACA coverage expansion, uncompensated costs remained high in 2014 at hospitals with many low-income and other vulnerable patients.

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Association supports bill, which would add needed risk adjustment to the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and provide some relief for recent cuts to off-campus hospital outpatient department payments.

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America's Essential Hospitals responds to the final rule on Medicaid managed care plans, including its 10-year transition to a prohibition on states making pass-through payments to providers through health plans.

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America's Essential Hospitals statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' decision to delay the release of overall hospital star ratings.

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Thought leaders recommend stratifying data by socioeconomic and other characteristics, and reducing language barriers to improve health care equity.

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America's Essential Hospitals welcomes proposals on Medicaid access and coverage, mental health, and others, but says proposed funding cuts would undermine work of essential hospitals.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports America's Essential Hospitals work to survey member hospitals about programs to improve population health and to build a road map for nationwide adoption of successful programs.

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Association thanks commission for "thoughtful and sobering analysis" of disproportionate share hospital funding, agrees with recommendation for better targeting.

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Association expresses deep disappointment with Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommendation to cut Medicare Part B reimbursement to hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Association supports roadmap's three core commitments, will review draft standards closely in context of vulnerable patients

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New edition of Walls Down coincides with 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare, spotlights value of coverage to access and health.

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America's Essential Hospitals applauds choice, calls on Senate to confirm her.

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America's Essential Hospitals urges Senate to quickly confirm Slavitt as CMS administrator.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.

America’s Essential Hospitals was formerly known as the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH). Carrying our mission since 1981 into today's health care era

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