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On April 15 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C., AHA will present Nancy Howell Agee, CEO of Carilion Clinic, and Brian Gragnolati, president and CEO of Atlantic Health System, with its highest honor — the Distinguished Service Award — for their longtime service to the AHA and the field.
Women with health-related social needs such as food insecurity, housing instability and lack of transportation were less likely to report receiving a mammogram in the past two years when surveyed in 2022, according to a report released April 9 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health care leaders and other officials April 9 discussed challenges to rural health care access and potential solutions during an event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Coalition to Strengthen America's Health Care: Protecting 24/7 Care.
After an April 7 investigative series published by The New York Times highlighted disturbing incentives for data analytics firm MultiPlan and large commercial insurers like UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Cigna to cut reimbursement rates for care provided to employees of companies with self-funded employer insurance plans and increase costs for patients receiving that care, the AHA today urged the Department of Labor to take action. 
Health Services Research, the flagship publication of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust, seeks abstracts through June 17 on potential manuscripts for a special issue on the role of health services research in cancer prevention and control, specifically how artificial intelligence, data analytics and policy innovation can improve cancer care across the continuum.
For future public health emergencies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should improve how it sets Medicare rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and communicates with stakeholders involved in setting the rates, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General advised last week.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and territorial public health officials Friday met to discuss preparedness planning for bird flu after one person recently tested positive after exposure to infected dairy cattle in Texas.
by Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., Chair, American Hospital Association
The health care workforce provides critical services to patients, their families and communities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services April 4 finalized changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug programs for contract year 2025 intended to improve access to behavioral health care; cap and standardize MA plan compensation to brokers, including prohibiting volume-based bonuses for enrollment into certain plans; limit the distribution of personal beneficiary data by third-party marketing organizations; ensure that MA plans offer appropriate supplemental benefits; streamline enrollment for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid; and annually review MA utilization management policies for health equity considerations.
by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
During the last two weeks we have seen a flurry of regulatory activity affecting hospitals and health care providers, and we expect that trend to continue for the next several months.