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by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
For nearly 250 years, our courageous and selfless veterans have stood up for the nation’s defense, protecting their countrymen and America’s founding ideals at great personal cost.
Laurens Sartoris, who served as president of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association for 27 years, died Oct. 31 at age 78.
AHA Nov. 9 released a social media toolkit and graphics to help hospitals and health systems celebrate National Rural Health Day Nov. 16 and highlight through the week the unique challenges facing rural communities.
The AHA, AHIP, Alliance of Community Health Plans, American Medical Association and Kaiser Permanente have formed a coalition that will recommend strategies to strengthen coordination between the health care and public health systems to improve emergency preparedness, address health disparities and detect infectious diseases.
Fewer than one in four health care professionals working in acute care hospitals and nursing homes were up to date with COVID-19 vaccination during the 2022-23 flu season, defined as receiving a bivalent booster dose or completing a primary series in the previous two months, and fewer than half of nursing home workers had received a flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Nov. 9. 
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) this week alerted the sector to a new ransomware threat known as BlackSuit, which may be responsible for an October attack against an organization that provides medical scans and radiology services for almost 1,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and caused the victim to shut down computer systems and turn away patients.
The Food and Drug Administration has recognized a consensus standard to help medical device makers address cybersecurity concerns.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nov. 8 began displaying its “birthing friendly” hospital designation on Medicare’s Care Compare website and through a new mapping tool.
Two maternal health experts explore common disparities and systemic barriers Indigenous people experience in pregnancy and postpartum, and ways hospitals and health care organizations can combat these challenges to provide culturally-focused care.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing Nov. 8 on policy consideration for artificial intelligence in health care.