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A Tale of Two Letters (Part 1 of 2): AHA Challenges CMS’ Newly Proposed Patient Experience Survey

April 4, 2013

Editor’s Note: In the second half of March, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services received two letters from influential voices in healthcare directly challenging recently proposed or enacted measures. The first challenge from the American Hospital Association regarding a new patient-experience survey is detailed below. The second challenge from the American Medical Association on […]

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Arkansas Hospital Association: An Overview

February 11, 2013

For over 80 years, the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA) has viewed the healthiness of Arkansas’ hospitals as being vital to having a healthier state. On its website, www.arkhospitals.org,  AHA lists its overall mission as being one that will work “for the betterment of hospitals by instituting spirited programs in education, government relations, research, and communication.” […]

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AHA Reminds Bureaucrats That Healthcare is an Economic Engine

January 29, 2013

Writing that healthcare dominates the national conversation isn’t exactly an original observation. Sometimes, healthcare seems to dominate this dialogue in ways that are unprecedented in U.S. history, and oftentimes, it seems like those who are engaged in this dialogue don’t fully understand what they’re discussing. Take the occasionally flippant manner in which lawmakers will talk […]

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AHA and MedPac have major differences over “site-neutral” Medicare policy

November 5, 2012

There’s a post-election battle brewing between the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) over a proposed “site-neutral” Medicare policy for reimbursements. At an Oct. 4, 2012, presentation titled “Addressing Medicare payment differences across settings: Ambulatory care services,” MedPac challenged the traditional manner in which patients are charged more for the […]

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