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AHA: OPPS Site-Neutral Payments to Hinder Patient Access to Care

November 6, 2018 - The American Hospital Association did not mince words when commenting on the site-neutral payment provisions included in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Implementing site-neutral payment is set to harm hospitals and reduce patient access to care, AHA said. CMS finalized site-neutral payments when it released its 2019 OPPS rule late last week. Site-neutral...


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Hospitals Say OPPS Proposed Rule Will Harm Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

Hospital associations across the country are speaking out against the recent CMS proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule, stating that the rule will hinder patient access to care and increase out-of-pocket...

AHA Launches Strategy for Patient-Centered Care for Aging Patients

by Sara Heath

A patient-centered strategy that accommodates specific patient needs and patient preferences will help health systems adjust to an increasing adult patient population over age 65, according to a new report from the American Hospital...

How Emergency Medical Centers Create Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Congress and state governments should relax regulations that would allow more hospitals to transition to emergency medical centers (EMCs), helping to meet patient care access demand while cutting inpatient costs, according to a guide from...

Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Drive Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Hospitals play an important role in addressing transportation barriers, patient care access, and other social determinants of health, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association. The AHA paper,...

How to Support Patient Access to Care in Frontier Communities

by Sara Heath

Healthcare policymakers should consider a new payment strategy to help support patient access to care in frontier communities, said AHA in a new guidebook on the topic. Published by the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable...

Using Urgent Care Centers to Support Rural Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Urgent care centers are effective for overcoming patient care access issues in medically underserved areas, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). As a part of its Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,...

AHA Doubts Readiness of Hospital Quality Star Ratings Updates

by Sara Heath

CMS should not move forward with updating its 2017 Hospital Quality Star Ratings and should scrap the whole system from the Hospital Compare website, according to the American Hospital Association. In a letter from AHA’s Senior Vice...

How Housing Support Addresses the Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Housing insecurity is a critical social determinant of health, demanding the attention of healthcare industry professionals, according to a new guidebook from the American Hospital Association (AHA). The report specifically focuses on...

AHA Playbook Details Community Healthcare Partnerships

by Sara Heath

The AHA’s Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) has released a playbook detailing how healthcare organizations can create community healthcare partnerships to drive continuous patient engagement and an overall culture of...

How to Develop Community Health, Patient Outreach Efforts

by Sara Heath

The AHA has published a toolkit to help drive community health and improve patient outreach efforts in rural regions and vulnerable urban communities. As healthcare becomes increasingly value-based, hospitals are working to use their...

AHA-Backed Doc Shortage Bills Drive Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The AHA has given its seal of approval on a new Senate bill to reduce doctor shortages that could have adverse effects on patient access to care. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (S.1301) serves as companion legislation to a...

AHA Calls for Personalized Care Access in Medicare Advantage

by Sara Heath

Medicare Advantage (MA) plans need to include more personalized care access options to meet patient needs, said the American Hospital Association in a recent letter to the House of Representatives. AHA submitted its letter to the House...

AHA: Realign Inpatient, Outpatient Services to Patient Needs

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to better align inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to meet patient needs. The one-page resource highlights the challenges healthcare organizations face in balancing...

AHA Publishes Guide to Drive IHS Patient Healthcare Access

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has released a guide to help promote patient healthcare access and care coordination for those served by the Indian Health Services (IHS) and other health systems. The one-page guide reviews how...

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