The Important Issues

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Reimbursement South Carolina hospitals' revenue stream is critical to their overall mission of providing care.
Medicaid Expansion Medicaid expansion would extend coverage to approximately 250,000 uninsured, low-income South Carolinians that simply cannot afford health insurance, and Medicaid is the most affordable way to provide them coverage.
Medicaid Deep cuts in the state's Medicaid budget threaten access to care for many low-income South Carolinians.
Certificate of Need South Carolina is one of 35 states that rely on a Certificate of Need law to restrict the overbuilding of costly medical services
Health Care Reform

Hospitals in this country have a legal obligation to care for patients that is unlike the obligation of any other business or individual.

Medical Liability Reform Recent research shows the average American family pays an additional $1,700 to $2,000 per year to cover the costs of defensive medicine.
Medicare

Medicare is a federal program that pays for certain healthcare expenses for individuals who are age 65 or older.

CMS Rules and Regulations Access proposed rules, final rules, and comments submitted by SCHA to CMS on behalf of member hospitals.
HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIPAA is an acronym that stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

VBP: Value Based Purchasing

Value is the relationship between the price of a product and the quality of the product.

False Claims Act

The “False Claims Act” dates all the way back to the American Civil War, enacted to address fraud perpetrated by both the Union north and Confederate south against the Federal Government.

Tobacco Free Hiring Policies

South Carolina hospitals are committed to improving the overall health of our state’s citizens and curbing the amount of avoidable costs to our health care system.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine allows for the delivery of clinical health care via two-way video and other forms of electronic telecommunications.

Behavioral Health South Carolina's system for providing care to mentally ill citizens is in crisis.
Organ Transplants Presently, there are more than 102,000 people on the national waiting list who need a life-saving organ transplant.
Trauma System

When a trauma victim receives proper medical care within the first hour following an accident his chances of survival triple.

Influenza

Before the official flu season begins is the appropriate time to reflect on last year's influenza season while preparing to face the challenges of the next.

EMTALA The Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requires hospitals to provide treatment regardless of ability to pay.
Emergency Preparedness

South Carolina's hospitals care for people under the most disastrous conditions. For instance, located on the coast, our state and its people face the real threat of hurricanes each year.

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