Supervision bill would protect rural access to outpatient services   06/12/2013
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) today reintroduced the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services Act (S. 1143), AHA-supported legislation that would allow general supervision by a physician or non-physician practitioner for many outpatient therapy services. The bill would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow a default setting of general supervision, rather than direct supervision, for outpatient therapy services and create an advisory panel to establish an exceptions process for risky and complex outpatient services. The legislation also would create a special rule for critical access hospitals that recognizes their unique size and Medicare conditions of participation; and would hold hospitals and CAHs harmless from civil or criminal action for failing to meet the “direct supervision” requirements applied to services furnished since 2001. Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) are original cosponsors.
Camp opposes capping charitable contributions   06/12/2013
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) today said charitable contributions should not be capped, according to POLITICO Pro. “I think it’s important not to cap that area,” Camp, who is leading Congress’ tax reform efforts, told an annual conference on tax, budget and health care policy in Washington, D.C. “As you track charitable contributions, they really don’t track tax policy. What they track is the strength of the economy.” AHA has urged congressional leaders to exclude charitable giving, which helps make hospital services available, from any limitations on federal tax deductions.
House holds hearing on state Medicaid reforms   06/12/2013
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held a hearing on state perspectives on Medicaid reform. Witnesses included Tony Keck, director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Seema Verma, president of consultancy SVC Inc.; and Joe Thompson, Arkansas surgeon general. Last month, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) issued a paper proposing specific state-originated Medicaid policy reforms.
Health system CEO receives leadership award   06/12/2013
The National Center for Healthcare Leadership yesterday named John Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO, the recipient of its 2013 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. “With his illustrious career, John Bluford has distinguished himself as a health care visionary for his focus on promoting and elevating safety-net organizations,” said NCHL Chair Peter Butler, president and chief operating officer of Rush University Medical Center. “He has demonstrated a tireless commitment to serve the at-risk populations by working to improve the quality of care, quality of the healing environment, and the quality of the workforce.” The award is named for Henry Ford Health System Chairman Emeritus Gail Warden, who served as executive vice president of the AHA from 1976-1981 and as AHA chairman in 1995. Bluford, who served as AHA chairman in 2011, will be honored at a Nov. 19 awards dinner in Chicago.