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CMS Proposes Changes to Empower Patients and Reduce Administrative Burden

Changes in Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System would advance price transparency and interoperability

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Feedback on New Direction Request for Information (RFI) Released, CMS Innovation Center's Market-Driven Reforms to Focus on Patient-Centered Care

Request for Information on Provider Contracting Issued

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Nurses on Boards Coalition Announces CVS Health as Founding Strategic Partner

WASHINGTON, DC - The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC), an organization committed to building healthier communities through the service of nurses on all types of boards, has announced today that CVS Health has become a Founding Strategic Partner.

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ASAM and the AMA Announce Innovative Payment Model to Improve Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Alternative Payment Model Aims to Combine Payment for Medical and Psychosocial Support Services

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CMS issues final 2019 Payment Notice Rule to increase access to affordable health plans for Americans suffering from high Obamacare premiums

Final rule will improve program integrity, increase state flexibility, and reduce regulatory burdens

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AMA and Google Launch Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge sponsored by Google to inspire novel examples of mobile health technology - such as wearable devices and applications - that effectively monitor and share medical data between patients and physicians to improve the management of chronic diseases.

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AMA Launches Podcasts to Help Physicians Navigate the Quality Payment Program in 2018

CHICAGO - As physicians begin the second year of quality reporting under the Quality Payment Program (QPP), the American Medical Association is launching a series of podcasts on ReachMD to help physicians successfully navigate the new regulations.

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THA Urges Congress to Pass Medicare Extenders Package

As Congress works through the final details for an omnibus package, which would include federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, there are critical issues facing Tennessee's hospitals.

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Cooper, Dickerson Launch Project Register
Cooper, Dickerson Launch Project Register

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and State Sen. Steve Dickerson are excited to launch Project Register, a new nonpartisan effort to raise awareness about online voter registration in Middle Tennessee.

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Tennessee Hospitals Push to Revise Federal Tax Bill
Tennessee Hospitals Push to Revise Federal Tax Bill

As Congress works to resolve differences between Senate and House versions of federal tax reform legislation, Tennessee Hospital Association is urging the Tennessee congressional delegation to reconsider several components of the bills.

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AHA Letter to the Senate Regarding AHCA Deliberations

The American Hospital Association has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate outlining the organization's hope that healthcare deliberations keep coverage at the center of the conversation for patients and the providers who care for them.

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FDA Asks Endo Pharma to Pull Opana ER

In a highly unusual move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has requested Endo Pharmaceuticals remove its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market. In a release on June 8, the agency said it is seeking removal based on concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks. This is the first time the agency has taken steps to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to the public health consequences of abuse.

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Blocked: Aetna-Humana Decision

A federal judge has blocked the proposed Aetna-Humana merger citing antitrust concerns.

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ACA Update
ACA Update

The process to repeal the Affordable Care Act has begun. While Republicans have been unified in their call to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare legislation, the steps forward to "replace" that coverage for nearly 20 million Americans have not enjoyed such singular clarity. On Thursday, Jan. 12, the U.S. Senate voted on a budget measure that put procedures in place to begin dismantling ACA. The U.S. House followed with a vote on Friday. While the votes were cast largely along party lines, a number of Republican senators and representatives have expressed concern over repealing the act without having a replacement in place. President-elect Donald Trump also has called for simultaneous repeal and replace.

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AMA Releases Letter to Congressional Leaders on Reform of Healthcare System

Nation's largest association of physicians calls on Congress to carefully consider 'replace' before 'repeal' to ensure no loss of coverage and access to care.

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