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America's Essential Hospitals thanks Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) for legislation that would place a permanent moratorium on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy to cut $1.6 billion in Medicare Part B drug reimbursement from 340B hospitals.

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The lawsuit argues that the 340B provisions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ outpatient prospective payment system rule violate the Social Security Act and should be set aside under the Administrative Procedure Act as unlawful and in excess of the HHS Secretary’s statutory authority.

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The vote moves us a step closer to protecting funding for hospitals that care for uninsured and underinsured patients and to preserving access to care for our nation’s children. America's Essential Hospitals now calls on the Senate to act in bipartisan fashion to do the same.

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The final rule puts expansion of services further out of reach for underserved communities and threatens access to care where access is needed most.

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The final rule's cuts to Medicare Part B drug payments to 340B hospitals jeopardizes health care access for millions of low-income individuals and families nationwide and weakens the ability of essential hospitals to provide vital services to communities.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks House leaders for supporting vulnerable patients and essential hospitals with a proposed two-year delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding cuts.

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The end of cost-sharing reduction subsidies poses an imminent threat to those who depend on marketplace plans. America’s Essential Hospitals thanks Sens. Alexander and Murray for their bipartisan leadership to create more certainty in the individual market.

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Ending the government’s cost-sharing subsidies to insurers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace won’t fix the law’s shortcomings or move us closer to a workable alternative. It only will destabilize the insurance market and drive costs higher for patients who can least afford increases.

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America's Essential Hospitals appreciates the one-year delay of cuts to disproportionate share hospital payments and will continue to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for a two-year delay to provide greater stability for hospitals and more time to find a long-term fix.

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America’s Essential Hospitals applauds the HEALTHY KIDS Act for extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program but remains concerned the bill's disproportionate share hospital provision will make it harder to find a sustainable solution to uncompensated care.

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The signers of the letter to Ryan and Pelosi include 162 Democrats and 59 Republicans from 41 states. They also include five House committee chairs and 13 committee ranking members.

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We hope the Senate’s decision to stop the rush to a vote on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal opens the door to renewed bipartisan talks on ways to fix the Affordable Care Act.

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The proposal appears to significantly restrict federal health care funding through per-capita caps and block grants; shift costs to states, patients, providers, and taxpayers; and achieve the same result as earlier bills: millions left uninsured.

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In a letter to House and Senate committees, leaders of more than 250 hospitals and health systems nationally urge Congress to stop a $2 billion disproportionate share hospital cut scheduled for Oct. 1 and to delay cuts for at least two years.

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The association says providers selected for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) demonstration are only just now adapting to the new payment and delivery approaches and need more time before facing another demonstration.

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With the Senate defeat of the repeal bill, America's Essential Hospitals urges lawmakers to turn their attention to averting Oct. 1 cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and to renewing their commitment to CHIP and other elements of the safety net.

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Estimates are the skinny option would cause 16 million people to lose coverage and drive up uncompensated care at hospitals.

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All plans considered so far by Congress would end with the same terrible result: at least 22 million more uninsured people, devastating cuts to Medicaid, and higher costs for patients and taxpayers.

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The repeal-and-delay strategy would leave millions of lives in limbo and create uncertainty that would destabilize insurance markets and paralyze hospitals.

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The Medicare payment rules propose deeply damaging policies that would harm vulnerable patients and essential hospitals by cutting 340B Drug Pricing Program savings and needed support for outpatient services in underserved communities.

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The revised Better Care Reconciliation Act leaves untouched the most destructive provisions of the original bill: those that would gut the Medicaid program and strip affordable coverage from millions of people.

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New member leaders for America’s Essential Hospitals and its research and quality arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, today officially began their new roles overseeing the organizations’ work.

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The Congressional Budget Office score of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act confirms what most observers expected: The bill is as damaging as its deeply unpopular House counterpart, the American Health Care Act.

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Senate leaders have put ideology ahead of lives with a plan that puts health and home at risk for millions of working Americans.

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The Eliminating Health Disparities Act of 2017, introduced in April by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, would allow states to apply for Medicaid state plan amendments to establish a Health Disparities Elimination Program.

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The budget proposal would harm the people who need help most: low-income working Americans, struggling families, the poor elderly and disabled, and many millions of others.

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The bill the House approved today would leave tens of millions of Americans uninsured and reduce benefits and increase costs for millions more - including the sick.

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The amendment to increase funding for American Health Care Act high-risk pools applies a bandage to a mortally wounded patient and changes in no material way the harm this bill would cause.

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The bipartisan Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act supports our nation’s teaching hospitals and the next generation of health care professionals.

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Attempts to revive the American Health Care Act with changes that make a deeply damaging bill even worse are misguided and disappointing.

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Association calls the fiscal year 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule a welcome first step toward broader recognition in federal health policy of challenges that affect the health of vulnerable patients.

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Congressional leaders made the right choice today to withdraw their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans in the balance, this was a sound decision.

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House Republican leaders are putting the health of millions of Americans at greater risk with each change they make to placate party holdouts and pass the American Health Care Act.

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America's Essential Hospitals says the cumulative effect of the proposal and the American Health Care Act could be to undermine the ability of essential hospitals to meet their commitment to patients and communities.

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America's Essential Hospitals recognizes the new CMS administrator for her experience with health care for low-income and other vulnerable people and helping states tailor Medicaid to meet specific program and policy goals.

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America's Essential Hospitals says the Congressional Budget Office analysis of coverage losses under the American Health Care Act underscores the urgent need for Congress to rethink its strategy on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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While the House bill would bring welcome relief from damaging cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments, the association remains deeply concerned about provisions to end Medicaid expansion and impose per-capita caps on the program.

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The project will support essential hospitals in building a foundation for population health improvement activities, assembling and aligning needed resources, and achieving community-integrated health care.

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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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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.