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Click any of the linked issue dates below to access a message from the last six months. If you're looking for an earlier edition, please feel free to contact our Director of Communications, Ashley Warren, at


September 25
Arkansas Hospitals and AHA: Partners in the Ongoing Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic  |  Important Dates this Election Season  |  Resources Available to Support AHA Members in Interpreting CMS Medicare FFY 2021 IPPS Final Rule  |  AmHA Video: How the U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy Could Affect Health Care Cases  |  Attend a Special Session of COVID-19 CLINICAL ROUNDS

September 18
Save the Date: Member Webinar on IPPS Final Rule Sept. 30  |  AHA Analytics Discharge Data Reports Updated  |  AHA Analytics System Scheduled Maintenance Sat. 9/26  |  United Against the Flu Public Messaging Resources  |  AHRQ Releases "Safer Together" National Action Plan to Keep  |  Patients and Health Care Workers Safe  |  CISA Releases Joint Advisory on Approaches to Uncovering and Remediating Malicious Activity  |  HHS Rural Action Plan

September 11
US Supreme Court Sets Date for ACA Oral Arguments  |  District Court Strikes Down DOL Rule  |  Non-Partisan Voting & Election Resources for Hospitals  |  Reminder! 340B Advocacy Meeting September 16  |  ADH Partners with Baptist Health to Increase Testing Capacity

August 28
Reminder! AR CARES Act Attestation Due Monday, August 31 | CMS Makes Daily COVID-19 Reporting Mandatory | AHA Connectivity Consortium Connects Non-Profit Hospitals to Broadband Subsidies | AHA Services Introduces: VOYCE Interpretation Services

August 21

HRSA Announces $35M in Grants to Support Rural Hospitals and Health Care; $1.9M to Arkansas | HRSA Releases NOFO for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program | CMS Extends Deadline to Apply for Area Wage Index Reclassification | CMS Resumes Routine Inspection, Survey, and Enforcement Practices | NY Federal District Court Blocks HHS Changes to ACA Non-Discrimination Rule | New CDC Reports Examine COVID-19 Hotspots and Racial and Ethnic Disparities 

August 14
CMS Extends Appropriate Use Criteria Testing Period Until 2022 | Administration Announces New Payment Model for Rural Communities | NLRB Modifies Standard for Offensive Speech | Supreme Court Hearing on Arkansas PBM Law Rescheduled | Discharge Data due to AHA Analytics by August 10 | AONL Announces 2020 Virtual Conference | AHA Services Announces New Partner for Third-Party Liability and Workers' Compensation Claim Recovery | 340B Webinar: Innovation in Contract Pharmacy

August 7
Discharge Data due to AHA Analytics by August 10 | HRSA Recertification Webinar | Judge Bars Enforcement of Public Charge Rule During COVID-19 Emergency | ASHRM Releases White Paper for Behavioral Health Care in EDs | American Hospital Association Releases Issue Brief on Housing Access During COVID-19

July 31
Governor Hutchinson Announces Directive on Resuming Elective Procedures, Phase IV | AHA Analytics Medicare Home Health PPS Proposed Rule Analysis Available | Updated Private Hospital Access Payment and Assessment Calculations Distributed to Hospitals | Appeals Court Upholds Payment Cut for 340B Hospitals | Second Round of ASPR Grant Funding Available through the AHA – Apply by August 10th | AHA Announces Winners of 2020 Diamond Awards

July 17
HHS Announces Additional Distribution of Funds to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions | New HHS Daily Reporting Requirements | IRS Extends Deadline for CHNAs | Salary Planning Survey Open | American Hospital Association Annual Survey Due July 31 | AHA 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled

July 10
HHS Announces Expanded Distribution of Funds to Rural Hospitals and Hospitals Serving High Numbers of Medicaid and Uninsured Patients | Federal Officials Issue Warning About Scammers Posing As COVID-19 Contact Tracers | NIH Launches COVID-19 Clinical Trial Network | Resource: Inpatient Medical Director Toolkit from the National Forum of ESRD Networks

July 3
Submit COVID-19 Hospitalization Data for Next Remdesivir Allocation by Monday | Submit Comment Letters on CMS Medicare FFY 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule by July 10 | CMS Reinstates Reporting Requirements for its Quality Reporting and Value Programs

June 26
AHA Launches Daily Snapshot Tool from ArkPrepare and AHA Analytics | American Hospital Association to Host Virtual Advocacy Day | CMS Clarifies Pause on LTCH Policy | NQF Task Force Report Provides Roadmap to Advance Health Care Quality Priorities | House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hears Testimony on Coronavirus Response | CDC Expands List of Those at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness

June 21
Arkansas Legislative Council Approves AHA and DHS Proposal for $110M Allocation to Hospitals from AR CARES Act | American Hospital Association Annual Survey Deadline Extended | AHA Analytics Discharge Data Reports Updated | U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Decision Prohibiting Workplace Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | FDA Updates Authorization Templates for Asymptomatic, Pooled Testing | IRS outlines Telehealth Spending Flexibilities Under CARES Act

June 12
Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Distributions from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund | Monday is the Last Day to Submit Hospital Direct & Non-Direct Care Worker Payment Requests to DHS | Register Now for the Executive Leadership Virtual Summit: FREE to AHA Members | Regional COVID-19 Support Groups Available to Health Care Workers | Minority Health Research Funding Available to Support Health Conditions Secondary to COVID-19

May 22
Arkansas Blood Institute Seeks Help from Hospitals  |  ADH Announces Online Ordering Process for COVID-19 Testing Supplies  |  HHS Awards Contract to Make Essential Medicine Ingredients and Generics in U.S.  |  FDA Provides Promised Transparency for COVID-19 Antibody Tests  |  AmHA Informational Calls on IRF and LTCH Proposed Rules  |  Cybersecurity Threat: Website Impersonations  |  New Resource Links  |  Hospitals in the News  |  Learning & Networking Opportunities

May 15
Happy Hospital Week from AHA!  |  AHA Information and Resources on COVID-19  |  AHA Urges Supreme Court to Reverse Appeals Court Ruling on ACA  |  Call for Speakers: 2021 AmHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference  |  FY 2021 Inpatient and LTCH Proposed Payment Rules: AmHA Summaries  |  Hospitals in the News  |  AHA Offers FREE Resiliency Webinar  |  Virtual Learning Opportunities in May

April 30
AHA Information and Resources on COVID-19  |  Links to COVID-19 Resources  |  Report: "Confronting America's Rural Health Care Crisis"  |  CMS Hosts Calls Featuring "Lessons From the Front Lines"  |  AHA Offers Free Telehealth Webinar: WEDNESDAY, MAY 6  |  Virtual Learning Opportunities from AHA

April 21
AHA Information and Resources on COVID-19  |  Governor Hutchinson Assembles Economic Recovery Task Force  |  Governor Hutchinson Awards $10M in Block Grants to Rural Hospitals  |  American Hospital Association Annual Survey Deadline Extended to July 1  |  Arkansas Hospital Association Salary Survey Results Are In  |  2020 Diamond Awards Deadline Extended to June 15  |  Virtual Learning Opportunities from AHA

April 13
AHA Information and Resources on COVID-19  |  100 Million Mask Challenge and HealthEquip Supercharge Efforts to Meet PPE Demand During COVID-19 Pandemic  |  “Protect the Heroes” Campaing Facilitates Direct Donation Support to Local Hospitals  

March 17
AHA Information and Resources on COVID-19  |  Arkansas Department of Health Influenza Weekly Report  |  Declaration of National Emergency and CMS Waivers Update  |  American Hospital Association Annual Survey is Open  |  Changes to AHA Education Calendar

March 9
COVID-19 Testing Update  |  AHA Hosts Weekly Calls with COVID-19 Outbreak Updates for Members  |  March 8th-14th is Patient Safety Awareness Week  |  CMS Suspends Survey Activities Due to COVID-19 Response  |  Arkansas Department of Health Influenza Weekly Report

March 2
Arkansas Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19  |  State Hospital Associations File Amicus Brief in Support of AmHA's Motion for Summary Judgement Against HHS Price Disclosure Final Rule  |  Supreme Court Will Review ACA Case  |  2020 Census Outreach Resources: Spread the Word in Your Community  |  Arkansas Department of Health Influenza Weekly Report

February 24  
Arkansas PBM Case Will Be Heard April 27 by U.S. Supreme Court  |  ADH Forms Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee  |  Discharge Data Due to AHA Analytics on March 1  |  Plan to Attend the March Rural Hospitals Executive Leadership Meeting  |  USDA-Rural Development Distance Learning/Telemedicine and Broadband Workshops for Funding Opportunities  |  KEPRO Update: Hospital Discharge Appeal Notices  |  ADH Arkansas Trauma System Rules and Regulations Revision Update  |  Update to Includes New Features for Employers  |  Register to Attend AmHA Webinar on COVID-19 Response
February 18
Appeals Court Upholds Decision Blocking AR Medicaid Work Requirement  |  COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates & Resources  |  Arkansas Department of Health Influenza Weekly Report  |  Deadline Extended: Still Time to Participate in the Salary Survey  |  AHA Analytics Static Reports Updated
February 10
Marcy Doderer Joins AHA Board of Directors  |  AHA Salary Survey Responses Due This Friday, February 14  |  Reminder from CMS: Inpatient Hospital Wage Index Timeline  |  Reminder from USP: New and Revised Compounding Standards for USP Chapters <797> and <800>  |  Funding Opportunity from HRSA: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation  |  CMS Proposes Changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D  |  Save the Date: 18th Annual Mid-South Critical Access Hospital Conference  |  Save the Date: Qualivis Roundtable

February 04
Call for Nominees: 2020 AHA Diamond Awards  |  Federal Court Vacates HIPAA Guidance  |  CMS Issues Guidance to States on Medicaid Block Grants, Gov. Hutchinson Responds  |  Arkansas BCBS Funds Digital Upgrade for Members of ARHP  |  Arkansas Department of Health Interim Guidance on Coronavirus  |  Create Safe Environments Through Workplace Violence Prevention Training

January 27
CDC Offers Guidance to Providers on Novel Coronavirus  |  Notice: Protect Your Workers' Compensation Claims  |  AFMC Updates Inpatient Stay Prior Authorization Request Process  |  Report Spotlight

January 21
AHA Salary Survey Live, Additional Tools Provided  |  Resource Spotlight: Care Coordination Canvas Guide by Rural Health Innovations  |  2020 Governor's Quality Award Healthcare Seminar  |  2020 Joint Commission Resources CSR Spring and Fall Workshops  |  Cardinal Health Alerts Customers to Product Quality Issues  |  KEPRO Announces Transition Back to QMARS  |  Hospital Compare January Refresh Includes Update of Star Ratings

January 13

AHA Analytics Interactive Quality Reports Available  |  AHA Salary Survey Now Live  |  Support Available to Members in Interpreting CMS Medicare CY 2020 OPPS Rule  |  New Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)  |  AmHA Releases Model Comment Letter on Proposed Rule Requiring Health Plans to Disclose Negotiated Rates and Personalized Cost-sharing Information  |  Appeals Court Upholds Nationwide Preliminary Injunction on DHS Rule  |  TRENDWATCH Report on Hospital and Health System Workforce Strategic Planning (from AmHA)


Ashley Warren
Director of Communications
(501) 224-7878
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