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Providers will have one year from the issuance date of their Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program funds before they must begin to repay their loans. Providers may apply for an extended repayment schedule and may not use Provider Relief Fund dollars to pay back the Medicare loans.

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Essential hospitals thank House leaders for recognizing in the legislation the ongoing needs of providers that form the backbone of the health care safety net and for taking additional steps to support their service to patients and communities.

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Essential hospitals thank House lawmakers for responding to the heavy financial burden of COVID-19 on hospitals with bipartisan action to ease repayment terms for Medicare loans and further delay Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for recognizing the potential for unintended consequences of its proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation and withdrawing this potentially damaging rule.

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America’s Essential Hospitals and more than 20 other advocates and federal agencies today announced an action plan on patient safety. The plan recognizes that systemic racism and other societal inequities can cause harm to concentrate in certain populations, and it calls for using safety data to identify gaps related to social determinants of health.

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Recent actions by pharmaceutical manufacturers hinder access to affordable medications for millions of people who face financial hardships and defy clear statutory requirements that they provide drugs to 340B Drug Pricing Program covered entities.

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The Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule takes a bad policy on Part B drug payments and makes it worse by digging an even deeper financial hole for essential hospitals and their vulnerable patients.

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The initiative is expected to produce recommendations that will form the foundation of a comprehensive, member-driven plan of action on structural racism.

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Rep. John Lewis championed the mission-driven work of essential hospitals and steadfastly supported policies to safeguard their service to vulnerable patients, communities, and the health care safety net.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals decision allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to maintain its policy of deep cuts to payments for outpatient care, which will widen gaps in health care access in communities across the country.

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We appreciate the administration’s efforts to correct earlier funding gaps that left many essential hospitals without the support they need; but there is more work to do.

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New chairs begin their tenures on the boards of America’s Essential Hospitals and its research, education, and dissemination arm, Essential Hospitals Institute, which also welcome several first-time member leaders.

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This policy change sets the nation back in its work to build greater equity in health care. Although no time would be right for this decision, it is especially harmful now, during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Today’s announcement of $10 billion in additional funding for hospitals that provide safety-net care, as well as a future allocation of $10 billion for providers in COVID-19 hot spots, will help ease the financial pain this public health emergency has inflicted on these caregivers.

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We thank Sens. Capito and Menendez, and their Senate colleagues, for their bipartisan efforts to target relief funding to hospitals caring for Medicaid and low-income patients.

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We wholeheartedly agree with the leaders of the Senate Finance and House Energy and Commerce committees: Emergency aid allocations so far have disadvantaged essential hospitals, and new distributions must target hospitals that care for many Medicaid patients.

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Recent police-involved killings reflect a legacy of injustice and racism that also poses an urgent public health threat. It is incumbent upon health care professionals and systems to confront this and to overcome the inequities that afflict racial and ethnic minorities.

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Findings from the association’s annual member survey show essential hospitals face high and growing uncompensated costs and care for patient groups that have suffered disproportionally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We are pleased to see new support for nursing homes, and we urge the administration to move rapidly toward more funding — especially for essential hospitals, which have seen less relief due to methods used to target previous allocations.

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The HEROES Act would take important steps to support the safety-net mission of essential hospitals, which care for the disadvantaged people and underserved communities disproportionately harmed by COVID-19.

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More than 90 House members sent a bipartisan letter to the administration calling for targeting of COVID-19 emergency funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of Medicaid and low-income patients.

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America’s Essential Hospitals today called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to immediately withdraw the agency’s survey on 340B Drug Pricing Program acquisition costs, saying it imposes an unnecessary and costly burden on hospitals as they battle COVID-19.

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While this latest round of COVID-19 aid is a positive step, it will not meet the great needs of the essential hospitals on the front lines of this public health emergency.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks Congress for this additional aid and the inclusion of demographic data reporting to help illuminate and respond to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on communities of color.

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America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, and his wife, pediatrician Maura Cooper, MD, have donated $100,000 to support efforts by the association’s research arm to help member hospitals and their communities respond to and recover from COVID-19.

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We thank the administration for hearing our concerns about how it targets Public Health and Social Services Fund funding and for directing additional dollars to hospitals bearing the heaviest burden of COVID-19 care and costs.

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The department must ensure the next round of CARES Act funding targets hospitals disadvantaged by the formula used to allocate the initial $30 billion distribution.

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America's Essential Hospitals is eager for the administration to distribute $30 billion in COVID-19 relief for hospitals but concerned by the allocation methodology, which could put some essential hospitals at a disadvantage.

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With COVID-19 poised to overwhelm the nation’s health care infrastructure, the Senate vote on funding support is welcome and appreciated as hospital resources are stretched thin. We thank congressional leaders for recognizing the support our member hospitals need during this unprecedented crisis.

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America’s Essential Hospitals believes the working group option to allow affiliations with appropriate controls will best support UC Health’s commitment to meeting the health care needs of all Californians.

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The association welcomed its third and largest class to a novel program that aims to decrease gender disparities in hospital leadership.

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The Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020 takes an important step toward a solution to surprise medical bills that protects patients and increases transparency without putting hospitals at a disadvantage in negotiations with insurers.

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America’s Essential Hospitals has appointed two essential hospital leaders to fill at-large vacancies on the association’s board of directors.

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The proposal would "cut at the very core of the Medicaid program by introducing unprecedented restrictions on states’ ability to fund their share of the Medicaid program," America's Essential Hospitals says.

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Health care consumers need accurate, relevant information to make the best care decisions; the current star ratings do not meet this need. The ratings rely on a methodology that fails to account for differences among hospitals and, therefore, could mislead rather than inform consumers.

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision will accelerate the rule’s chilling effect, causing people legally in this country to forgo medical treatment for fear of putting their immigration status at risk. This will increase costs for taxpayers and the entire health care system.

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New research shows essential hospitals are building capacity for community-integrated health care — reaching outside their walls to partner with government, social services, and other sectors to improve social determinants of health.

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Today's House vote on a spending package and Senate support will avert the harm sure to result from a $4 billion payment cut for hospitals that care for millions of low-income people. Now, we must turn to longer-term relief for essential hospitals and their patients.

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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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