The American Hospital Association's new initiative is meant to better inform both policymakers and the public about the 340B program and how hospitals use the savings they generate from it.
In 2017, the CMS' quality improvement organizations reported progress on a number of fronts in improving care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Hospital groups sued HHS Secretary Alex Azar over the delay in setting the ceiling price that 340B providers have to pay drugmakers.
The American Hospital Association will share knowledge and resources about population health, costs, performance improvement, innovation capacity and "emerging issues."
Healthcare associations are trying to make their membership prices and structures more attractive by adding cheaper, a la carte membership options.
The American Hospital Association in September will launch its Center for Health Innovation, which aims to spread best practices across its membership. AHA Board Chair Nancy Howell Agee has been a key driver behind the association's efforts to address innovation.
HHS revealed it has made progress reducing its Medicare appeals backlog and won't need to pursue the AHA's suggestions to expedite pending cases. But the agency conceded it won't be able to meet a federal judge's requirement to eliminate the backlog by the end of 2020.
The American Hospital Association named St. Luke's Health System CEO Dr. Melinda Estes as chair-elect designate of the organization's board of trustees.
The major healthcare innovation story is occurring across the country in cities and small towns, where local hospitals and health systems are now centers of transformational change.
A bundle of GOP-led bills under consideration would restrict the 340B drug discount program more than any other proposal so far. Critics claim the program has been exploited by bad actors.
The CMS said it needs additional time to analyze the impact proposed methodology changes have on hospitals in light of their concerns.
Some providers believe HHS Secretary Alex Azar will ease provider self-referral restrictions that they say inhibit physicians and hospitals from building accountable care organizations.