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Health-Related Programs Face Deep Cuts In President Trump’s “Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”

On March 16, 2017, President Trump Administration released his first budget outline for the 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018). In an effort to “shrink the role of government,” the $1.1 trillion budget proposal calls for a $54...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

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I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 15, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule entitled, “Applications for Approval and Combinations of Active Ingredients Under Consideration for...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

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I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: Mental Health Parity and...more

GAO Report Identifies Three Major Obstacles to Implementing Patient Safety Practices in Hospitals

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On February 25, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report detailing the findings of a review of information on the implementation of patient safety practices in hospitals, focusing on hand hygiene and...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - December 2015

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HHS Extends Comment Deadline for NPRM on Protection of Human Subjects – In response to requests from stakeholders, HHS extended the comment period for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the Federal Policy for...more

Health Care Update - July 2015 #2

Congress Slowly Works on Budget Reconciliation; ACA Reform Proposals Still Up in the Air - The FY 2016 budget resolution, which was agreed to by Congress this past April, included broad reconciliation instructions...more

AHRQ Releases Guidance for Reductions in Medicaid Hospital Readmissions

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued a comprehensive guide with an interactive toolkit for providers to target reductions in Medicaid hospital readmissions. While numerous CMS initiatives have...more

OIG Recommends Reduction in Hospital Outpatient Rates for Certain Procedures that Can Be Performed in ASCs

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On April 16, 2014, the OIG released a report concluding that between CYs 2007 through 2011, Medicare has saved nearly $7 billion by covering surgical procedures in ASCs. In addition to the savings that would continue to...more

PSO Reminder: Hospitals Need to Contract with a PSO in Order to Participate in State Insurance Exchanges

Hospitals with 50 or more beds will not be able to provide services through qualified health plans working with state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unless the hospital has a patient safety evaluation...more

AHRQ Releases Draft Report on Implantable Defibrillators and Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death

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On March 21, 2013, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Technology Assessment Program released a draft technology assessment report regarding implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and the evidence...more

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