Cole Elected Chairman of VHHA

RICHMOND. Members of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) elected James B. Cole, President and CEO, Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Chairman of the association. Mr. Cole was honored during the association’s 88th Annual Meeting of the Membership, held November 5-7, at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. He succeeds John L. Fitzgerald, CEO, Inova Fair Oaks...

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Hospitals Voluntarily Agree on Tiered Plan for Treating Ebola Patients in Virginia

UVA and VCU Medical Centers Designated as Centralized Sites for Initial patients; Health System Hospitals will be used for Follow-on Patients Contact: Sean T. Connaughton President and CEO | sconnaughton@www.vhha.com RICHMOND – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Board of Directors today announced that it has agreed upon a tiered response for hospitals and...

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No Margin For Error: Virginia's Rural Hospitals Face Enormous Challenges

VHHA Releases New Report on Virginia’s Rural Hospitals RICHMOND – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) today released a new report entitled “No Margin for Error: Virginia’s Rural Hospitals at a Crossroads.” The report documents the importance of Virginia’s 37 rural hospitals to their local communities and the challenges they face in today’s difficult...

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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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