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HHS News: HHS extends postpartum coverage in Virginia for nearly 6,000 people

| Dec 3, 2021

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today approved extended Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) postpartum coverage in Virginia. This will provide access to essential care for an estimated 6,000 Virginians and provide peace of mind for people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP,...[ Read More ]

Virginia ranks first in nation for hospital patient safety

| Dec 2, 2021

Virginia came out as the top state for hospital patient safety according to the Fall 2021 Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade state rankings. The ranking assessed over 2,700 general acute care hospitals nationwide. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) noted in a recent release that Virginia has maintained a...[ Read More ]

Investing in early child care and learning takes place at Virginia Education Summit

| Dec 2, 2021

Access to affordable child care and education are two social determinants of health that state leaders are working to address in Virginia. Today and tomorrow, legislators from the House Committee on Education and Senate Committee on Education and Health are discussing possible solutions at the 2021 Virginia Education Summit, which...[ Read More ]

The tax that could bring over $50 million to help solve Virginia's nursing home crisis

| Nov 23, 2021

Virginia’s ongoing nursing home workforce shortage has caught the attention of policymakers and health leaders across the state. The Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC), tasked with making health care policy recommendations and chaired by Del. Patrick Hope (D - Arlington), dedicated a specific study to the shortages in 2021,...[ Read More ]

Readjusting emergency department reimbursement rates could reduce unnecessary health care spending in Virginia

| Nov 19, 2021

In the interest of reducing unnecessary health care spending in Virginia, members of the Joint Commission on Health Care reviewed an analysis of emergency department (ED) utilization and related costs this week. The overarching policy recommendation from the report was to adjust certain facilities’ reimbursement rates based on their levels...[ Read More ]

Seven Virginia hospitals join first-of-its-kind maternal and infant health collaborative

| Nov 18, 2021

A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Women’s Health aims to use in-patient data to address maternal and infant mortality. The HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative includes over 200 hospitals across the U.S., including some of Virginia’s most renowned health systems — University...[ Read More ]