July 2014 Review – Coverage Gap Remains

VHHA’s hospitals and health systems worked to shape the many important health proposals on the General Assembly’s agenda during the 2014 “long session.” This summary describes final action during the General Assembly’s regular session on those measures with most significant impact on hospitals and health systems. Because legislators did not agree on a new 2014-2016…

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January 2014 Review – Health Care Center Stage

During the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session, consideration will be given to providing health insurance coverage to uninsured Virginians. Clearly, VHHA members support finding some pathway to cover the 250,000 or more Virginians who lack coverage and could be eligible to participate in the state’s Medicaid program or some alternative solution tailored to Virginia’s needs. A feature of…

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August 2013 Review – Health on the Hill

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted with assumptions that health insurance coverage would expand. As an offset to coverage expansion, provider payments were to be reduced over time, presumably corresponding with increased levels of Medicaid, health benefit exchange or private sector insurance coverage. Those assumptions are unlikely to be met under current circumstances. Some…

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August 2012 Review – Palliative Care and POST: Enhancing End-of-Life Care in Virginia

  The American health care system is facing pressure to deliver high quality care at a reduced cost. As the population ages the need for health care services increases. Our health care system must seriously consider different models of care for those suffering from chronic progressive illness. Notably, more than 90 million Americans live with at least one chronic illness. Seven out of 10…

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April 2012 Review – The Value in Transparency

Hospitals and health systems often are called upon by the General Assembly, state agencies and the public to improve the quality of health care and control costs. While some success has been achieved, real change is difficult due to a lack of transparency between and among care settings and a dearth of meaningful, accessible data. For two decades, VHHA and its members…

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December 2011 Review – Clinical Integration: Road to Improving Virginia’s Health Care Delivery System

Amidst all the uncertainty and challenges facing the hospital and health system field, there are a few near certainties: Health systems are pursuing greater clinical integration and redesigning care processes to improve quality and efficiency. Payment reforms are coming that will require provider entities to assume more risk: from readmission penalties, to bundled payment options around inpatient stays, to potential episode-of-care models around a particular condition, to…

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August 2011 Review – Healthy Business Improving the Health of Virginia’s Workforce

Increasing efficiency. Raising the quality bar. Controlling costs. Maintaining a stable workforce. These words have been staples in the health care vocabulary for years. They are being uttered on a daily basis by someone in the health care field, but now they are being heard everywhere. National health care reform, the economy and the federal deficit and debt limit, to name a few…

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May 2011 Review – Quality Imperative – Elevating Quality and Patient Safety Statewide

Achieving reliability in health care is complex. Nevertheless, VHHA is committed to making quality and patient safety a priority for Virginia’s hospitals and health systems. Leadership, persistence and creativity are key components for creating effective and efficient health care organizations in the Commonwealth. The VHHA Board of Directors has approved an action plan that focuses on improving quality and…

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February 2011 Review – From Camp to Career – How Health Care Summer Camps Changed Their Futures

For the last six years, VHHA has co-sponsored Health Career Camps with member hospitals as a way to “reach down the pipeline” for the future health care workforce. The camp experience introduces middle school students to the various professions and informs them of the necessary educational requirements for each field. As almost all health careers require college education,…

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