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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies have released several resources to help health care providers prepare for and respond to disasters.

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The new webpage was launched by HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; a webinar highlighting the resources will be held Sept. 14.

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The decision extends by five years the state's demonstration of a capitated Medicaid managed care program and a low-income pool to provide support for the safety net.

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A new strain of ransomware, known as Petya, could affect the health care sector and is unique because the virus is capable of self-replication.

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Two new reports warn about the same vulnerabilities that allowed the WannaCry virus to spread worldwide earlier this year.

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The resources, designed for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-covered entities or their associates, include a checklist and infographic.

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The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force outlines resources and the importance of cybersecurity to patient safety and continuity of operations.

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Senate Republican leadership recently indicated the possibility of a vote by the end of July, before the month-long August recess.

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The funds aim to increase the use of medication-assisted treatment, train first responders, and increase access to overdose reversal medications.

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The updates include guidance on reporting ransomware and note how Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance can protect from an attack.

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Ransomware, a type of malware that infects computers and restricts access to files until a ransom is paid, has hit health care organizations in the United Kingdom.

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The test detects antibodies produced as part of the body's immune response to the Zika virus and is expected to produce initial results within 58 minutes.

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The policy team at America's Essential Hospitals discussed the regulatory outlook for the next year, including key policy issues on the horizon.

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Of particular note, NQF's Measure Applications Partnership acknowledged the need for more research to understand the role of socioeconomic status in health.

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The letter affirms their desire to improve the Medicaid program and the vulnerable people it serves and to ensure the program provides value to taxpayers.

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The blueprint also shifts CDC funding to a $500 million block grant and creates a Federal Emergency Response Fund for public health outbreaks, like Zika.

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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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The letter encourages states to pursue Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, especially those including high-risk pool/state-operated reinsurance programs.

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A leaked House GOP plan to repeal & replace the ACA raises concerns for essential hospitals. A Senate committee considered nominee Seema Verma to lead CMS.

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Former Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as secretary of HHS; the Senate Committee on Finance will consider the nomination of Seema Verma as CMS administrator.

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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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NQF's Measure Applications Partnership submitted recommendations to HHS on 74 performance measures under consideration for 16 federal health care programs.

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No agreements have been reached about a repeal/replacement plan for the ACA and it appears Republicans in both chambers are far from making final decisions.

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The second confirmation hearing was held for Rep. Price as HHS secretary and a House subcommittee held a hearing on the individual mandate's effectiveness.

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A memo instructs all executive departments and agencies to temporarily halt pending regulations until incoming department or agency heads can review them.

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With House and Senate passage of budget resolutions, efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act now move to committees and toward a Jan. 27 deadline for repeal legislation.

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The regulation makes "penny pricing" final and sets fines of up to $5,000 per instance of a manufacturer overcharging providers for covered medications in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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OIG found that the federal portion of spending on catastrophic coverage reached $33.2 billion in 2015, compared with $10.8 billion in 2010.

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The data show about 125,000 fewer patients died because of hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015, resulting in a savings of $28 billion.

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Under the rule, OIG provides safe harbor protections for hospital agreements that provide no-cost or discounted local transportation to established patients

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The bill is a step toward expanding Project ECHO, an innovative “hub and spoke” education model created at association member University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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Rep. Tom Price has been nominated to head HHS and Seema Verma, who graduated from the association's Fellows Program in 2001, has been nominated to lead CMS.

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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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Starting in 2017, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can train to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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The open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017. Consumers must enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2017.

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The targets aim to significantly reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, MRSA, Clostridium difficile cases, and other infections by 2020.

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The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center received the funding to educate health care sector stakeholders, partners on cybersecurity.

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Providers approved for a patient limit increase must report on caseload, patients referred to behavioral health care, and their diversion control plan.

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ONC has released a web-based resource that gives providers comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about applying health information technology.

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While details are still being finalized, a continuing resolution to fund the government through early December likely will include funding to combat Zika.

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The funding is being administered by SAMHSA and CDC as part of HHS' Opioid Initiative, which aims to combat opioid misuse, dependence, and overdose.

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The new guidance reinforces the importance of compliance with HIPAA to prevent and recover from cyber threats.

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The actions build on the National Pain Strategy, a federally coordinated plan for reducing and better treating chronic pain.

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Several health care organizations have been affected by ransomware, a cybersecurity threat in which an attacker holds a network hostage for payment.

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Individuals must prove they are eligible to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment. HHS also proposes amending risk adjustment for insurers.

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The guidance recommends that hospitals prepare for increased demand for certain types of providers and inform patients about sexual transmission of Zika.

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Two association members are among six sites nationally that will test or implement winning solutions in the HHS “A Bill You Can Understand" challenge.

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As part of LGBT Awareness Week, March 28 to April 1, department seeks a public conversation on health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

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Updated guidance clarifies that covered entities may use and disclose protected health information for treatment or for quality and other health care operations.

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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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Fact sheet and updated frequently asked questions document detail responsibilities of covered entities and the rights of individuals under HIPAA.

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House, Senate panels to examine rising cost of drugs, lack of transparency in the drug price negotiation process, and barriers to generic drug applications.

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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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Agency seeks comment on its proposal to collect information on the burden associated with guidelines for manufacturer audits of covered entities; comments are due to HRSA by Feb. 22.

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Out-of-pocket expenses higher in ACA marketplaces and coverage worse for children, especially those with special needs, HHS reports.

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Obama administration proposal would add drug utilization review and restriction program to Medicare to fight opioid overuse.

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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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Tool gives physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals access to geographic comparisons of opioid prescribing habits and use.

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow campaign targets health promotion for young adults, including access to high-quality, teen-friendly health care.

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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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The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2015–2020, aims to improve health IT infrastructure, transform health care delivery, and improve individual and community health.

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Participants learned about HRSA's guidance on the 340B Drug Pricing Program and how it will affect their hospital.

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America's Essential Hospitals joins other associations in calling for final action on a 90-day reporting period for 2015, but warns that the delay in a final rule has made other requirements impossible to achieve.

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States may apply for a Section 1115 Medicaid waiver to support innovative care delivery for substance abuse disorder. SAMHSA, HRSA to also offer funding opportunities.

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

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A total of $3.3 billion is marked for CMS, which is about $344 million below current funding. The subcommittee will consider the bill tomorrow.

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The Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child.

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion on Armstrong v. Exceptional Child. The court ruled that Medicaid providers cannot sue states for low payment rates and advised on alternative actions.

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Slow week for health care work as Department of Homeland Security funding demands lawmakers' attention

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HHS notes that HIPAA patient privacy provisions still apply during public health emergencies, though HHS secretary can waive specified provisions in certain circumstances.

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Multiple exceptions are proposed to the fraud and abuse regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid, including changes to the definition of "remuneration" in the CMP regulations and codification of the gainsharing CMP.

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MAP released a draft report reviewing the core set of health care quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid and is accepting comments until July 30.

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House GOP will move forward with a lawsuit against President Obama on the delay of the employer mandate without congressional approval. Energy and Commerce is marking up a variety of bills and holding hearings on the health insurance marketplaces and anthrax.

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Congress continues to address delays in care at VA medical centers. The Ways and Means Committee explores income verification for tax credit eligibility under the ACA, and the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee looks at incentives to develop new drugs and devices as well as health care access under the ACA.

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The Senate will vote on HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee begins to work on legislation regarding the VA health care system.

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America’s Essential Hospitals urges the Senate to swiftly confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Burwell’s confirmation is critical to providing a steady hand to lead the department through the rapid changes occurring in health care coverage and delivery.

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The House and Senate vary recesses. Finance Committee approves HHS secretary nominee Sylvia Matthews Burwell. The Senate is expected to vote on her nomination in early June. Congress continues to scrutinize the scandal around several Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

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The Senate will consider tax extenders legislation. The Senate Finance Committee will hold the current Director of OMB Sylvia Matthews Burwell's confirmation hearing to be the next HHS secretary on Thursday, and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will investigate the recent allegations of delayed care at VA hospitals.

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The expat bill was previously considered but didn't pass due to Democrats fighting against it. The Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee will look at insurance enrollment and the marketplaces from the perspective of insurers. OMB Director Sylvia Burwell will testify before the HELP Committee as she begins her confirmation process to become the next HHS secretary.

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Congress will begin the appropriations process, but not much is expected to be accomplished since it is an election year. Senate Democrats will bring up a bill to increase the minimum wage but expect Republican resistance. The House will reconsider a bill regarding exemption of expatriate health plans under the ACA.

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Sebelius announced her resignation April 11, closely following the close of the first open enrollment period for the ACA's health insurance marketplaces. She served as secretary of HHS for five years, leading the agency's efforts to implement the ACA.

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The OIG and HHS FY 2014 work plan includes several Medicare and Medicaid projects. These projects cover the following topics including inpatient admission criteria, E&M payments, IME, and provider taxes.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a Jan 29 letter to “closely examine the provider network adequacy standards” for qualified health plans sold through health insurance marketplaces (exchanges).

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President Obama highlighted early ACA successes, CBO said SGR bills would cost $150.4 billion over 10 years

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Argues in brief that HRSA interpretation consistent with the language of the ACA

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Sixteen association members were among the institutions that received funding.

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Measures are intended for voluntary use by state Medicaid agencies

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Decision suggests hospitals may help patients with financial assistance for plan premiums

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846,184 people completed applications through the marketplaces, 106,185 people selected marketplace plans.

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Coverage renewed for between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2014 will not be considered out of compliance

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Congress holds healthcare.gov hearings, planned vote on "Keep Your Health Plan" Act

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HHS encouraged issuers to reject premium payments from third parties

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Federal anti-kickback statute, which only applies to federal health care programs, will not apply to QHPs.

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Senate Democrats pressured Obama administration to fix healthcare.gov, SGR agreement gained support

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Congress holds healthcare.gov hearings, committee met on budget agreement

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The rule finalizes a number of provisions regarding health insurance marketplaces

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Congress narrowly avoids reaching the debt ceiling, gears up for healthcare.gov hearings

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Analysis evaluated individual plan premiums in the 36 states with a federally facilitated marketplace

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Talk focused on insurance coverage expansion activities and impact on essential hospitals

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Report evaluates differences among four types of postpayment review contractors CMS uses

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Grants go to 105 organizations that will serve as navigators in states with federally facilitated exchanges

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Letter urges HHS to place a special emphasis on robust essential community provider participation

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Information gathered will inform rulemaking for civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act

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Groups say small and rural providers might not have enough time to implement changes

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Regulation establishes standards for training and certification, conflict-of-interest, other aspects of program

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Grants to more than 1,000 community health centers support ACA health plan enrollment efforts

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Money distributed among six states: Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

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Found that HHS awarded about $3.8 billion in exchange and rate review grants to states by late March 2013

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Health IT Policy Committee will use panel's input for national HIT framework

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Rule finalizes HHS proposal to make advance payments that total the value of cost-sharing reductions

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Also releases report that details how rule affects mental health, substance abuse disorder benefits

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Iowa, New Hampshire, Illinois, Arkansas among states pursing partnerships with federal government

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President and CEO Bruce Siegel moderated sessions on Medicaid, delivery innovations

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$1.5 billion in grants to 11 states aim to support affordable health insurance marketplaces

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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.