AHA, IRS discuss need to update rules hampering efforts to transform care   10/09/2012
At a meeting today with senior Internal Revenue Service officials, AHA representatives continued to press the agency to modernize tax-exempt bond rules that hamper hospital efforts to engage in cooperative arrangements with physicians and other providers. Stressing the penalties hospitals face for failure to meet new requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hospital representatives urged the IRS to quickly issue new guidance that removes hurdles to implementation of innovative new hospital, physician and other provider arrangements under private-use rules for health care facilities financed with tax-exempt bonds. The meeting follows an AHA letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman in May, which outlined barriers to integration imposed by the IRS rules. AHA continues to welcome comments from hospitals affected by the restrictions imposed by IRS Revenue Procedure 97-13; contact Mike Rock at mrock@aha.org. 
AHA to host member calls on Stage 2 meaningful use rules   10/09/2012
AHA will host two member conference calls in October that will summarize and answer questions about the final rules for Stage 2 "meaningful use" of electronic health records, information that will help hospitals as they prepare for Stage 1 and plan for Stage 2. The first call (Oct. 17) will focus on hospitals and the second (Oct. 24) on hospitals working with affiliated physicians. To register for one or both of the 90-minute calls, which begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time, click here.  On Sept. 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule defining Stage 2 meaningful use, while the Office of the National Coordinator  for Health Information Technology published a final rule setting certification criteria, standards and implementation specifications for EHR technology in 2014.
ASHRM issues guidance on defining, measuring safety events   10/09/2012
The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management yesterday issued the first in a series of white papers offering guidance on defining and measuring serious safety events for prevention purposes. The paper recommends a common definition for serious safety events, and techniques for investigating events and determining the effectiveness of prevention methods. The papers are part of ASHRM's Getting to Zero patient safety initiative. ASHRM is an AHA personal membership group representing clinical care, insurance, law and other related professions.
IFD names new chairman, board members   10/09/2012
The Institute for Diversity in Health Management has elected as its 2013 chairman Edward Martinez, senior health care consultant at the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. The Institute, an AHA affiliate, also appointed four members to its board of directors for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1. Read more about the new appointments and other Institute news in the organization's newsletter.