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2019 State Health Policy Review

Amid federal gridlock, 2019 was a prolific year for state-level policymaking on important issues for essential hospitals and their communities.

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Statewide Efforts to Reduce Disparities: Takeaways from VITAL2019

Kimberly Green

Leaders from the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems shared how data collection helped member hospitals reduce health disparities and provide culturally competent care.

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Patient Logistics Center Gives Broward Health a Bird’s Eye View

Emily Schweich

The Patient Logistics Center helps coordinate admissions and facilitate transfers among four Broward Health hospitals.

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Essential Hospitals Continue To Lead Fight Against HIV

Michelle Rosenfeld

As National HIV Testing Day approaches, we call to mind the work our members have done, and continue to do each day, to fight this debilitating disease.

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New to Waivers or Veteran, this Is the Summit for You

As essential hospitals leaders, we all need to stay on top of the evolving landscape for Medicaid Section 1115 waivers. Medicaid waivers offer a key opportunity to make health care delivery more effective and efficient – and to reduce our uncompensated care burden. Consider our experience in Texas. Over the life of the Texas Health

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Members Defy Uneven Progress in Fight Against Sepsis

We’re making progress in the fight against sepsis – and essential hospitals are doing their part – but we still have much work left to do.

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Experience Medicaid and Medicare with the WALLS DOWN

As we mark 50 years of Medicaid and Medicare, we reflect on the experiences of others within and beyond the four walls of essential hospitals.

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Should Medicaid House the Homeless? L.A. County Says Yes

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is using county health funds to house and care for the homeless. California wants to with Medicaid funds.

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How neuroscience can help CEOs enhance organizational potential

Patty Fahy, MD

A neuroscience lens helps leaders understand how to create an environment that promotes potential – learn more during The Executive Brain session at VITAL2015.

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The Value of School Nurses – an Essential Hospital’s Perspective

Ronald J. Wiewora, MD

Honoring school nurses for National Nurses Week – showing how they provide value to the community in Palm Beach County and elsewhere

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Uniting on Patient and Family Engagement

Growing evidence shows that engaging patients and their families in care produces safer patient care and better outcomes

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The Financial Burden of Cancer: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

A new tool from the University of Chicago aims to help physicians assess and help patients facing financial burdens after a cancer diagnosis.

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Families as Partners in Care: The New Normal at Contra Costa’s Essential Hospital

Anna Roth

We as hospitals need to be truly welcoming places where families and loved ones are included as essential to patient care. Here’s how we did it at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California.

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The Story of Our History Frames Next Chapter

Carl Graziano

Through interviews and images, new book and documentary chronicle 33-year history of America’s Essential Hospitals and its transition from National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

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Experimenting with Solutions: Ideate and Prototype

Mark Richman

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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The Good Kind of Viral

Amanda Walsh

Many of America’s Essential Hospitals have YouTube channels as a way to engage patients, employees, and the communities they serve through creative and dynamic ways.

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Boston Medical Center Remembers Marathon Bombing Victims

As one of the hospitals on the front lines of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, America’s Essential Hospitals member Boston Medical Center (BMC) this year has taken several steps to honor victims of the tragedy. On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and

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Working Toward Health Equity During Minority Health Month and Beyond

America’s Essential Hospitals supports the efforts of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the thousands of individuals on the frontlines across the county to create a nation free of disparities in health and health care. We believe it is critically important to reduce the disproportionately high burden of illness, injury, and premature

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Roots of Disparities in Care Run Deep

Carl Graziano

Commentary from association president and CEO explores historical roots of care disparities

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A Reason to Hope

Carolyn Brown

As a health care professional who is closer to the end of her career than the beginning, I am prone to view the current state of health care quality as a culmination of decades of strategies, collaborations, regulations, competition, legislative actions, and heuristic thinking swirling madly around the people who rely on us so greatly:

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Engage With Us: Welcome to the New essentialhospitals.org

Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH

Last year, our organization changed its name to better reflect what it is that binds our members: being mission-driven and dedicated to providing better and better care. The new essentialhospitals.org that you see today matches this new, strengthened identity. We surveyed all of our work and identified how we could better share our insights with

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Repeal or Not to Repeal: That Is The Question…

Amanda Walsh

My friends in the GOP are at a crossroads. The party once stood strong behind “Repeal, Repeal, Repeal!” in reference to the Affordable Care Act, but now that the Obama administration is recognizing some challenges in implementing the law, things have changed. Shawn Gremminger and I have been discussing this for over a year now.

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