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Explore Whole Person Care, a pilot initiative through California’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver that works to improve care for people with complex issues by tackling medical, behavioral, and socioeconomic needs.

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Communities rely on essential hospitals for trauma and other lifesaving care, physician training, emergency response, and other vital services. Essential hospitals, in turn, rely on policymakers for support to keep these services available to all. Learn more about this careful balance.

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

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

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With support from Kaiser Permanente and East Bay Community Foundation, America's Essential Hospitals collaborates with NACHC and GW to help providers navigate and adapt to the systemwide policy changes and accountability standards mandated by the ACA.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Week-long annual event will engage stakeholders in discussion and education about antibiotic stewardship in inpatient, outpatient, and animal health settings.

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Report on National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care details progress made toward better care, lower costs, and improved health.

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Federal grants to 24 states will promote better integration of behavioral health and primary care services and improve quality and data reporting systems. The grants are the first phase of a Section 223 Demonstration Program for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.

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Pioneer and MSSP ACOs showed improvement in at least 27 of 33 quality measures in last reporting period. More than 420 Medicare ACOs have been established, coordinating care for more than 7.8 million patients.

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Event, open to all providers, will focus on coordinating efforts in the fight against the increasing number of potentially life-threatening germs that resist drugs created to treat them.

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Vital Signs report recommends collaboration between public health departments and health care facilities to stop antibiotic resistance, promote infection control.

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Multidisciplinary teams at Truman Medical Centers developed two care transitions assessments and reduced hospital admissions, ED visits, costs.

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The new website provides health care providers and policymakers with further information about the National Partnership as well as access to resources for collaboration and tackling health policy issues.

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Research shows how Medicaid coverage improves health and health care outcomes, and saves money.

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Upfront and ongoing savings aim to encourage providers to form ACOs in rural and underserved areas and promote participation in models with greater financial risk. Applications accepted July 1 to July 31.

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Nominations are due June 19. The work group will define terms related to alternative payment models and a strategy to track progress of APM implementation.

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Roughly 48 percent of participating ACOs produced $121 million in total shared savings in 2013, with a net shared savings of $99 million

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The model saved $384 million over a two-year time period and is the first alternative payment pilot to meet criteria for expansion to additional sites.

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The agency will grant funding to 10 community organizations, government agencies, or community groups to spread health information to community partners.

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Learn how to use a team-based approach and the IMPACT model to integrate care in an ambulatory setting

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The plan serves as a guide for federal departments and agencies to combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Funding is included in the president's proposed FY 2016 budget.

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This new model will allow ACOs to take greater performance risks for greater financial reward, calls start March 31.

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CMS will host a national provider call for ACOs interested in the 2016 program year.

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Through CMS' new model, ACOs can take greater performance risk and receive a greater portion of savings through coordinated, high-quality care.

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The Network will support the transition toward alternative payment models, using efforts in the Medicare Program as a guide.

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Two videos provide overview and benefits, and expand previous ICD-10 resources from the agency

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There is particular interest in mechanisms for greater comprehensiveness in care delivery, care for complex patients, care coordination, and value-driven reimbursement.

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The Oncology Care Model is a multipayer payment and care delivery model designed to encourage high quality cancer care.

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In recent journal articles from the New England Journal of Medicine and Medical Care, researchers explore issues related to Medicare accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes.

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The funding will be allocated to up to 75 ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to bring better care coordination to rural and underserved areas.

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Learn how human capital management and retention strategies can support quality care initiatives

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Innovations in health care require evaluation to determine impact and success. But what is the difference between conducting an evaluation and researching a program? At Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, staff learned this distinction is important to consider.

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Hear members of our policy team discuss the association's recently released brief on innovative alternative payment models. These models focus on ways to replace or augment existing fee-for-service and managed care models, while also increasing efficiency, coordination, and quality of care.

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Take a deep dive of our latest policy brief on waiver-based Medicaid programs, which details how essential providers work with their state and the federal government to carry out sustainable, systemic delivery system changes.

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Recent articles from Health Affairs, the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and The New England Journal of Medicine explore efforts to reduce readmissions and infection rates, improve patient safety, and more.

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital recognized an opportunity to lead the way by developing a comprehensive, systems-based care transitions program to give patients proper care and the tools they need to stay out of the hospital.

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Virginia Coordinated Care Program for the Uninsured's Complex Care Clinic manages population health by addressing all patient needs in one location with multidisciplinary care teams.

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Journal articles from the March and April editions of the New England Journal of Medicine explore issues including the usefulness of surgical safety checklists, the importance of promoting financial stewardship, and the impact of Medicaid cost sharing.

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Safety-net organizations face numerous problems, each with many potential solutions. When thinking about solutions, it is helpful to have a framework of innovation. This installment of the blog discusses how to choose between solutions and how to operationalize them.

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HHS announced recipients of Health Care Innovation Awards and a call for applications for the State Innovation Models Initiative. These programs were created through the Affordable Care Act to give stakeholders and states tools and flexibility to transform health care delivery system models.

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The final webinar of the Better Together: Partnership with Families Program

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The third of four webinars from the Better Together: Partnership with Families Program

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The second of four webinars from the Better Together: Partnership with Families Program

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Members learned about the fundamental challenges driving industry workforce shortages

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In health care, patients discharged from rescue care – either the emergency department or inpatient settings – are frequently lost and lack information about their conditions, future studies, and appointments. If you could design the ideal toolkit to assist recently discharged patients navigate their post-discharge care, what would you include? First, you would want to

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Webinar #1 of 4 in the Better Together: Partnership with Families Program

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Reduce patient harm using 15-minute safety huddles, which convene representatives from across the organization to address potential safety concerns.

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ACOs allow hospitals, health care providers to improve quality, slow cost growth through coordinated care while sharing in savings

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Will provide high-quality, coordinated care to about 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries

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Measures are intended for voluntary use by state Medicaid agencies

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Association urged committees to ensure payment system solution does not come at the expense of hospitals

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Agency provides methodological considerations, questions for states to address in program proposals

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Innovative, team-based programs to keep patients from coming back to the hospital

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SFGH's Care Management Program offers focused care coordination and health coaching

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CMS says all 32 pioneer ACOs improved quality, performed better than published rates in fee-for-service Medicare

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Will support demonstration ombudsman programs to provide Medicare-Medicaid enrollees with more person-centered, coordinated care

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Truman Medical Centers employed a strategy that integrated diabetes care across all inpatient and outpatient departments, designated physician champions, and used data to identify high-risk patients.

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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.