LeadingAge urges members to call Congress, ask for regulatory relief

LeadingAge is urging members to call their U.S. senators and representatives Feb. 14-16 and ask them to suspend implementation of the Requirements of Participation...
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CMS announces extension of 2016 reporting deadline for reporting eCQM data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or...

Inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) payment update issued for FY 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a notice updating the Medicare fee-for-service payment rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs) for...

FCC to hold listening sessions on broadband use in health care

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect2Health Task Force has announced it will convene several virtual listening sessions over several weeks, starting the week of...

AHA: SAMHSA offering grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

The American Hospital Association (AHA) says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is offering $22.6 million in grants to help qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children.

AHA holding webcast on site-neutral payment provisions

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is holding a special members-only virtual advocacy day next week on the site-neutral payment provisions in the outpatient prospective...
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Rounds to chair Senate cybersecurity subcommittee

Sen. Mike Rounds has been selected to chair the newly formed Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity. Rounds said the subcommittee will be tasked with...
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CMS issues OPPS, PFS proposed rules for calendar year 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed rules updating the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and physician fee schedule...

CBO: AHCA would cause 24 million to lose coverage, reduce deficits by $337B

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday that the House Republican bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act would cause 24 million people to lose health insurance within a decade but reduce federal deficits by $337 billion.
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New AHA video explains what’s at stake with AHCA

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has produced a whiteboard video explaining what’s at stake as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) heads for an expected vote in the U.S. House on Thursday. The AHA and SDAHO cannot support the bill in its current form.