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Report on Public Health and Health Care

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published a report summarizing its February workshop that explored the relationship between public health and health care. According to the IOM, the workshop … was designed to discuss and describe the elements of successful collaboration between health care and public health organizations and professionals; reflect on the five principles of primary care–public health integration (which can be applied more broadly to the health care–public health relationship): shared goals, community engagement, aligned leadership, sustainability, and data and analysis; and explore the “elephants in the room” when public health and health care interact: what are the [&hellip

Medicaid Expansion Not Significantly Improving Hospital Financial Health

While the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has helped millions of Americans gain health insurance, it has not translated (so far) into improved financial health for the hospitals providing those Medicaid services. This is the conclusion drawn recently by Moody’s Investor Services, the credit-rating company. According to Moody’s, hospital financial performance has improved across the board since implementation of the Affordable Care Act but has not improved more in states that expanded their Medicaid programs than it has in states that chose not to expand Medicaid eligibility. As a result, hospital operating margins in states that have expanded their Medicaid [&hellip

Perspectives on Community Health Needs Assessments

Because one of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to improve the health of communities, the 2010 health care reform law requires non-profit hospitals to undertake community health needs assessments of the areas they serve every three years and to implement strategies for the needs they identify in cooperation with other providers, public health agencies, and community groups. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published a new issue brief on community health needs assessment. In “Community Health Needs Assessments – Aligning the Interests of Public Health and the Health Care Delivery System to Improve Population Health,” the IOM [&hellip

340B Program Faces Challenges, Change

A federal program that helps selected health care providers obtain discounted drugs for low-income patients they are serving on an outpatient basis may soon face major changes. The 340B prescription drug pricing program, created more than 20 years ago to help serve low-income individuals, has come under fire in recent years in both the House and the Senate over how qualified, participating providers – disproportionate share hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers and their look-alikes, children’s hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural referral centers, and others – use the savings they derive from the program. While there is a general expectation that [&hellip

NAUH Comments on Medicare Bill

Late last year, Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee, released his “Hospital Improvement for Payment Act of 2014.” At the time, Rep. Brady invited comment on his Medicare proposal, which was widely viewed as a preview of the agenda he intended to pursue in 2015. Yesterday the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) sent Mr. Brady extensive comments on his bill.  Among the many issues NAUH addressed in its letter are the bill’s proposal for a new way for Medicare to pay for short hospital stays; its call for the annual publication [&hellip

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