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House Passes ACA Repeal, Replacement Bill
The House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass a bill that rolls back major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, sending the measure to an uncertain fate in the Senate.
The American Health Care Act's passage in the House comes more than a month after Republicans' first attempt to bring it to a vote on the House floor, an effort stymied at the last minute when the party came up short of the 216 votes it needed.
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Case Management Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill
On April 19, as part of the ACMA National Case Management Conference, nearly 150 Case Management and Transitions of Care professionals gathered for Advocacy on the Hill 2017 to advocate for the practice of Case Management and to encourage passage of H.R. 1421/S. 568, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017. This legislation would allow time spent in "observation status" to count toward the three-day inpatient stay requirement for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing care. The event-packed day included more than 100 meetings across Capitol Hill. Participants had the opportunity to visit with key staff in both Senate and House offices, communicating the value of Case Management to the health care continuum and the importance of policies that positively impact patients and families.
ACMA Celebrates National Nurses Week 2017
National Nurses week runs from May 7-13, 2017. ACMA offers a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all our nurse members for the care and commitment they provide to patients, families and the practice of Case Management. Share how your organization is celebrating National Nurses Week by tagging @TheACMA on Facebook or Twitter.
House Passes AHCA: How It Happened, What It Would Do, And Its Uncertain Senate Future
Health Affair Blog
On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a near party-line vote of 217 to 213. The AHCA was first introduced in the House on March 6, 2017 in response to the long-standing promise by Republican members of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Republicans Plan Health Bill That Keeps Some of Obamacare
Republican senators plan to write a health-care bill that could be radically different from the one passed last week by the House, including keeping some of the benefits and safeguards currently enshrined within Obamacare.
The Senate's different approach means there's no clear timetable for producing a bill, and it likely ensures that President Donald Trump and House Republicans will eventually have to face legislation that doesn't fully repeal the Affordable Care Act despite their repeated campaign promises to do it.
White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95 percent
The New York Times
When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America of the scourge of drugs, vowing to crack down on dealers and invest heavily in programs to get heroin and other opioids off the streets.
President Donald Trump's administration revealed plans to gut the 2018 budget of his Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by The New York Times, the White House is proposing to slash the drug policy office budget by about 95 percent, to just $24 million from $388 million.
Would High-Risk Pools Have Enough Money To Function Well?
If most people with expensive diseases consistently pay their premiums in the individual health care market, the high-risk pools envisioned in the House's replacement for Obamacare may be fairly small. And if HHS rejects state waivers if the federal funding set aside for the pools is running low, the pools may be able to do what they're supposed to — offer comprehensive health insurance to high-cost customers while shielding other customers from sharing the burden of their claims costs.
ACA Insurers Need Low Claim Volumes To Survive Exchanges
By Scott E. Rupp
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that just 7 percent of the U.S. population get their insurance on the private market — actually a fairly small segment of the population. Yet this group is having a major impact on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Though the ACA has provided millions of people with health insurance, some insurers have experienced substantial losses and have removed themselves from the exchanges.
Homegrown EHR Software Alerts Docs To Readmissions
New software aims to help close a care gap by alerting hospitalists to readmissions that occur within five days of discharge.
A two-week trial of the Murmur program presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine 2017 Annual Meeting produced notifications about 14 patients distributed among 18 attending hospitalists, according to an article in Medscape. The program links a hospital’s electronic health record system to its scheduling software, then uses that information to send a text to the hospitalist who discharged a patient in the event that patient gets readmitted.
Building the Case For Innovation — Why the Right Metrics Matter
Becker's Hospital Review
As they brace for the uncertainty surrounding the repeal, replace or repair of the ACA, health systems will reach for a proven set of tools: M&A to create economies of scale, cost reduction to bolster the margin and marketing to secure the dwindling ranks of commercially insured patients.
However, there is another tool that often goes overlooked — innovation.
Ready or Not, Leaders Prepare for a Value-Based Future
According to author Bob Wertz: Whether your politics lean left or right, there is near-universal agreement that fee-for-service, absent clinical and financial accountability, is untenable.
In our pre-inauguration Healthcare in the Trump Era survey of 535 healthcare leaders, only three people cited elimination of pay-for-performance and value-based purchasing in an open-response question that allowed them to cite the one government regulation they would kill if they could.
A similar mood was evident in late February at the HIMSS conference in Orlando. Executives with whom I spoke expressed confidence that the move to value-based care is here to stay.
|May 12, 2017
||Minnesota Chapter Conference
|June 15, 2017
||Utah Chapter Conference
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|June 16, 2017
||Washington Chapter Conference
|June 23, 2017
||New Jersey Chapter Conference
|July 6-7, 2017
||Northern California Chapter Conference
|July 14, 2017
||Oregon Chapter Conference
|July 28, 2017
||Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter Conference
|August 3-4, 2017
||Florida Chapter Conference
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