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Aug 17, 2022
The Department of Health and Human Services Monday began accepting orders from states and other jurisdictions for a portion of 442,000 additional doses of the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine. To stretch available doses up to five fold, the Food and Drug Administration last week issued an emergency use authorization allowing health care providers to administer the vaccine intradermally to adults.
Aug 16, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today approved state plan amendments allowing Hawaii, Maryland and Ohio to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees under the American Rescue Plan Act.
Aug 16, 2022
Tune into this Sept 8 educational webinar at 1 p.m. ET for an overview of the Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, the application process and best practices hospitals should follow to achieve health equity.
Aug 16, 2022
The AHA and Association of American Medical Colleges late yesterday filed an amicus brief in support of the federal government’s motion for preliminary injunction for an Idaho law, which is slated to go into effect Aug. 25. At issue is whether the state law can coexist with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which requires hospitals to stabilize care for those in an emergency medical condition.
Aug 16, 2022
Some commercial insurer policies may hurt patients, contribute to clinician burnout and drive up the cost of care, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack notes in an advertorial published today in the Wall Street Journal.
Aug 16, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed 3.3% market basket update for Medicare home health agencies in calendar year 2023 is “woefully inadequate,” especially when combined with an unprecedented 7.69% behavioral offset based on flawed assumptions, AHA told the agency today. In the letter, AHA strongly urged CMS to halt this proposed cut.
Aug 15, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration Friday said it does not recommend screening or testing blood donors for the monkeypox virus, given “the robustness” of existing safeguards for blood safety.
Aug 15, 2022
The Aug. 1 Modern Healthcare cover story “For health systems, how big is too big?” starts with a flawed premise “and then searches for validation,” writes AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack in a letter to the editor. “Unfortunately, while the article considers many factors, it falls short in offering a thorough analysis of what successful integration actually looks like.
Aug 15, 2022
Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., sponsor of the AHA-supported Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, today participated in a roundtable discussion with Tower Health staff and others at Pottstown (Pa.) Hospital to learn more about the rise in violence and abuse against health care workers throughout the nation. The bipartisan legislation, also supported by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), would give health care workers the same legal protections against assault and intimidation that flight crews and airport workers have under federal law, and authorize $25 million in grants over 10 years to reduce violence and intimidation in hospitals.
Aug 15, 2022
Hospital patients are sicker and more medically complex than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, driving up hospital costs for labor, drugs and supplies, according to a new AHA report.