President signs legislation funding government through FY 2013   03/27/2013
President Obama yesterday signed a continuing resolution funding the government through September while adding appropriations and flexibility for certain agencies, without increasing overall funding. The current CR was due to expire today, March 27. The new CR includes a $71 million increase for the National Institutes of Health and would require the administration to obligate all fiscal year 2013 funds appropriated for community health centers. The legislation retains the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1 under the Budget Control Act, including the 2% reduction to providers’ Medicare payments.
Reminder: Institute for Diversity seeks hospitals to host summer interns   03/27/2013
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management seeks organizations to host interns from its Summer Enrichment Program, which begins in June. Last summer, the program matched more than 30 minority graduate health care administration students with hospitals and health systems across the country. Organizations can apply online to participate as a host site for this summer. For more on the program, visit www.diversityconnection.org or contact Chris Biddle, Institute education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or cbiddle@aha.org. The Institute is an AHA affiliate. 
AHRQ releases updated toolkit to improve discharge process    03/27/2013
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released an updated version of a toolkit to help hospitals improve their discharge process to reduce readmissions. The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) toolkit, which was developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, includes a set of 12 actions hospitals can implement to ensure effective transition at discharge. The toolkit is an enhancement of previous RED resources and includes a new RED component on overcoming language barriers. AHRQ contracted with BUMC to develop the toolkit to assist hospitals, particularly those that serve diverse populations, to replicate the RED.
Webinars highlight strategies to eliminate disparities, promote diversity    03/27/2013
Two new webinars from the AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance review strategies to eliminate health care disparities and promote leadership diversity at hospitals and health systems. Available free to all AHA members at www.americangovernance.com/policy, the webinars include key strategic planning questions for trustees to consider, board action checklists, and sources for additional information on health care disparities and diversity at the leadership and board level. The webinars are part of the Center's Health Care in Transition education series, which brings the AHA's policy expertise and center's educational expertise to bear on critical policy and regulatory issues for trustees.