Children's Hospitals GME reauthorization bill reintroduced in House   01/16/2013
The leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday re-introduced AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 297) to reauthorize the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program, which provides funding to help freestanding children's hospitals train pediatric residents. "The bill had overwhelming support in the last Congress, and we hope that this year the Senate will take it up and send it to the president," said Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), who reintroduced the measure with Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ). The bill could be marked up as early as next week.
DOJ won't challenge hospital 'gainsharing' proposal   01/16/2013
The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division does not intend to challenge a Greater New York Hospital Association proposal to offer a "gainsharing" program to member hospitals, the department said today after reviewing the proposal at the association's request. DOJ said that under the program, physicians could receive a share of the savings generated from reducing costs for treating commercial health insurance and Medicaid and Medicare managed care patients if the physicians meet hospital-specific quality standards. The department said that the proposed program, which is structured to comply with relevant fraud and abuse laws as well as antitrust laws and includes extensive program integrity controls, should not adversely affect competition because hospitals will not exchange any confidential information and each hospital will independently determine physician gainsharing amounts. Organizations may submit proposed actions to the Antitrust Division for review and receive a statement as to whether the division intends to challenge the described action under the antitrust laws.
H&HN launches 2013 Most Wired survey   01/16/2013
AHA's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine has launched its 2013 Most Wired Survey, which hospitals can complete through March 15. The survey measures information technology adoption, implementation and use in four areas. Hospitals that have unique IT projects may also compete for the Innovator Award application. User ID codes and passwords were mailed to all hospital CEOs and chief information officers. Hospitals that need the ID and password resent should email mostwired@healthforum.com with the hospital's name, city and state. For more information, visit www.hhnmostwired.com.
AHA Committee on Volunteers names 2013 chair   01/16/2013
Ann Bergmann, a volunteer for the long-term care unit of Cumberland (WI) Healthcare, will chair the AHA's 2013 Committee on Volunteers. The specialty committee of the AHA Board of Trustee focuses on the roles, responsibilities and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the health care field. It also serves as the selection committee for the AHA's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence. Bergmann joined the committee in 2011 and also serves as co-chair of the annual conference planning committee for the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, an AHA personal membership group. For more information, see the AHA news release.
Hospitals reminded to complete RACTrac survey by Friday   01/16/2013
The AHA encourages all hospitals to submit data to its quarterly RACTrac survey by the final deadline of Jan. 18. The free web-based survey helps AHA gauge the impact of Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractor program on hospitals and advocate for needed changes. To register for the survey or for technical assistance, participants should contact RACTrac support at (888) 722-8712 or ractracsupport@providercs.com. For more on the survey, including the latest results, visit www.aha.org/ractrac.