Hospitals reminded to complete AHA survey on health coverage activities   10/22/2013
The AHA is surveying hospitals through Oct. 25 to learn more about their activities to help Americans enroll in private health coverage and Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For example, hospitals are applying and receiving grant funding to support their enrollment activities, voluntarily engaging in enrollment activities by training staff and volunteers to be Certified Application Counselors, conducting outreach and partnering with other organizations. A reminder notice with instructions for completing the short online survey was emailed to all hospital CEOs today. For more information, contact AHA Member Relations at (800) 424-4301.
HHS postpones webinar on emergency preparedness links to health reform   10/22/2013
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response will host a Nov. 21 webinar on “Healthcare Reform and Preparedness.” The webinar was originally scheduled for Oct. 23 but was postponed due to the partial government shutdown. Topics include Hospital Preparedness Program coalitions, capabilities and measures; preparedness linkages with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation; the impact of conditions of participation and regulations on preparedness; and alignment of preparedness efforts with accountable care organizations. To register for the webinar, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, click here.
Hospitals add 300 jobs in September   10/22/2013
Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.01% in September to a seasonally adjusted 4,832,000 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 300 more people than in August and 28,700 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due to seasonal events, hospitals employed 4,827,000 people in September – 8,900 fewer than in August and 27,700 more than a year ago. The nation's overall unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point in September to 7.2%.
FRONTLINE looks at rise in antibiotic-resistant infections   10/22/2013
PBS’ FRONTLINE series tonight premieres “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” which examines the rise in antibiotic-resistant infections. Among other issues, the segment looks at a deadly outbreak at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center research hospital. Check local television listings for specific broadcast times.