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February 23, 2017 (Cleveland)
Cigna Government Services Reappoints Kaliszewski for POE Advisory Committee
Cigna Government Services recently reappointed Bob Kaliszewski, project manager, Member Services, The Center for Health Affairs, for its 2017 Provider Outreach and Education (POE) Advisory Committee. Throughout ... read more


February 22, 2017 (Cleveland)
The Center to Host SHA/SHIP Webinar
State-Level Population Health Planning: Upcoming SHA/SHIP Webinar Opportunities and Key Findings for Hospitals Throughout 2016, a diverse group of stakeholders met to help shape the focus of state-level p ... read more


February 21, 2017 (Cleveland)
Cirillo Quoted in Story on Maine Nurses
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Bangor Daily News cited The Center for Health Affairs’ Vice President of Initiatives and Analytics, Patricia Cirillo in the article, "Maine nurses: To avoid shortage, improve our work ... read more


February 07, 2017 (Cleveland)
February CHNA Roundtable Meeting: Local Efforts to Address Obesity in Northeast Ohio
The Center kicked off the first CHNA Roundtable meeting of 2017 centered around learning from local community partners focused on addressing obesity in Northeast Ohio. Obesity consistently ranks as a key health ... read more


February 06, 2017
The Center Publishes Blog on the Medicaid Program and Serves as Community Partner at City Club Event
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February 03, 2017 (Cleveland)
Cirillo Weighs in on Healthcare Staffing Challenges as Baby Boomers Near Retirement
On Saturday, Jan. 28, Crain’s Cleveland published an article on the regional healthcare staffing challenges hospitals face as baby boomers prepare for retirement. The Center for Health Affairs’ Vice ... read more


January 27, 2017 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Impact of Opiate Crisis on Hospital Volumes
Hospital volumes are on the rise in light of the opiate crisis in Northeast Ohio, according to a recently published Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends by The Center for Health Affairs. As hospitals ... read more


January 26, 2017 (Cleveland)
Biannual GCHA Board Update Released
At its latest board meeting, trustees of the Greater Cleveland Healthcare Association (GCHA), the board that oversees the nonprofit programs of The Center for Health Affairs, received the biannual GCHA Board Up ... read more


January 25, 2017 (Cleveland)
An Interview with Timothy L. Jarm, The Center’s New President and CEO
On Jan. 30 The Center for Health Affairs enters a new era. On this day, current president and CEO Bill Ryan steps down to begin his retirement and new leader Tim Jarm will begin his work as the association&rsqu ... read more


January 17, 2017 (Cleveland)
A Sneak Peek at The Center’s New Health Policy Blog
After over a combined decade of honing their writing skills via white papers, several staff members at The Center for Health Affairs have agreed to wade into the blogosphere. For years, the association has prov ... read more


January 09, 2017 (Cleveland)
Gatlin Discusses Collaborative Hospital Emergency Preparation for RNC
On Friday, Dec. 16, Public Health Emergency published an article on the Republican National Convention discussing hospital emergency preparation and coordination with the Northeast Ohio Regional Health Care Coa ... read more


December 19, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Announces New President and CEO
The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare announced today that the executive search committee of its board of trustees has selected Tim Jarm as the organization’s new pres ... read more


December 16, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center Represents Hospitals at Health Policy Institute of Ohio Forum
The Center for Health Affairs’ Kirstin Craciun, director of community outreach, was among six panelists who shared their perspectives regarding how the state health assessment (SHA) will impact their work ... read more


December 15, 2016
Policy Snapshot Addresses Impact of Election on Health Policy Landscape in Ohio
One thing is certain following the Nov. 8 elections, the health policy landscape in Ohio is about to shift. How drastic that shift will ultimately be is unknown with many in health policy circles using the term ... read more


December 13, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center’s Kirstin Craciun Elected to Serve on HIP-Cuyahoga Steering Committee
Recently, the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) Consortium nominated and voted to fill new standing and at-large positions of the steering committee. The Center for Health Affairs’ Ki ... read more


December 05, 2016 (Cleveland)
Updated Volume Statistics Report Released
The Northeast Ohio Volume Statistics Report released on Dec. 5, which reflects October 2016 data, included changes to modernize the report and ensure it meets the high data standards users have come to expect. ... read more


November 30, 2016
Marijuana Legalization the Focus of December’s Policy Snapshot
Support for marijuana legalization has been growing over time across the United States, with a recent poll suggesting that 54 percent of registered voters support legalizing the use of marijuana and 41 percent ... read more


November 29, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
State-Level Population Health Planning Work Wrapping Up as Year Draws to a Close
The Center for Health Affairs – together with a diverse array of stakeholders – has been actively involved in state-level population health planning meetings throughout 2016 that have informed the d ... read more


November 22, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Report Examines the Impact of Health Insurance Reforms on Hospital Volumes
A recently published Key Indicators Report by The Center for Health Affairs examines the impact of health insurance reforms on hospital volume in Northeast Ohio. Health insurance coverage, which continues to gr ... read more


November 03, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
2017 Open Enrollment Period Underway
With 2017 open enrollment now underway, health insurance consumers across the nation again have the opportunity to find an insurance plan or change the one they currently have. Here in Northeast Ohio, hospitals ... read more


October 31, 2016
Issue Brief Examines the Link Between Food Insecurity, Nutrition and Chronic Disease
The Center for Health Affairs’ , Getting to Healthy: Food Insecurity, Nutrition and the Battle Against Chronic Disease, examines the issue of access to nutritious food with a particular focus on ... read more


October 20, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Partnership with CHAP Strengthens Navigation Efforts in Northeast Ohio
The Center for Health Affairs has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening health insurance and community navigation efforts in Northeast Ohio by forging an alliance with the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnershi ... read more


October 20, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
WKSU Highlights Impact of Hospitals on Northeast Ohio Economy
On Monday, Oct. 17, Ohio Public Radio Station WKSU featured The Center for Health Affairs’ report, which highlights the impact hospitals have on the Northeast Ohio economy. The segment was also picked up ... read more


October 17, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Crain’s Features The Center’s Economic Impact Report
On Sunday, Oct. 16, Crain’s Cleveland published an article discussing The Center for Health Affairs’ economic impact report. According to the latest report, hospitals in Northeast Ohio contributed t ... read more


October 10, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Crain’s Features Student Options Available through The Center
On Sunday, Oct. 9, Crain’s Cleveland published an article discussing new student options available through The Center for Health Affairs’ online tool, prep2practice™. Available this fall, prep ... read more


September 30, 2016
Policy Snapshot Highlights Emergency Operations Plans
For the last 15 years, hospitals in the region have been working with one another, as well as with other agencies, to put in place the equipment and emergency operations plans necessary to respond to a wide-sca ... read more


September 29, 2016 (Cleveland, OH)
The Center Develops Software to Strengthen Future Workforce
In an effort to help strengthen the future workforce in Northeast Ohio and beyond, The Center for Health Affairs recently developed prep2practice™, an online tool that works with businesses and schools to ... read more


September 29, 2016 (Cleveland)
Ryan Weighs in on Healthy Ohio Medicaid Fee Plan
On Sunday, Sept. 25, The Center for Health Affairs’ President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain’s Cleveland article discussing the rejection of the state’s Medicaid fee proposal known as ... read more


September 28, 2016 (Cleveland, OH)
Economic Impact of Hospitals in Northeast Ohio Now Available
Hospitals in Northeast Ohio contributed to a direct and indirect labor income of $11.5 billion and a total of 167,534 jobs in the region, according to a new report released by The Center for Health Affairs. The ... read more


September 28, 2016 (Cleveland)
Value of Membership 38 to 1 Says Member ROI Report
The 2016 member ROI Report, released on Sept. 22 at The Center for Health Affairs board meeting, shows a return on investment of 38.27. In other words, for every dollar member hospitals paid in dues in 2016, th ... read more


September 22, 2016 (Cleveland)
NEONI Reveals Shortage of Nurses to Increase to 3,500 in 2020
The shortage of nurses in Northeast Ohio is expected to increase from 750 to 3,500 in 2020, according to NEONI’s recently released 2015 Nursing Forecaster. “We’re optimistic that through our N ... read more


September 07, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Centennial Publication Included in Crain’s Sept. 5 Issue
The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare were featured in a special centennial publication released in the Sept. 5 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business. The piece, The Center for Health Affairs ... read more


August 31, 2016 (Cleveland)
New Study Shows Low Sign-up Rates for Federally Subsidized Health Insurance
On Monday, Aug. 15, Ohio.com published an article highlighting varying levels of enrollment in federally subsidized health insurance depending on geography. The article featured information from a joint report ... read more


August 31, 2016
Policy Snapshot Highlights Emergency Preparedness Consulting Work
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 set in motion a series of activities, large and small, that shifted the United States to a new trajectory. That day, of course, precipitated great change in the activities of this ... read more


August 30, 2016
“Centennial Viewpoints” Recaps 100 Years
On Aug. 20, in honor of its , The Center for Health Affairs released, "," a publication highlighting the organization, its history and where it stands today. The piece includes interviews from a variety of ... read more


August 25, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center and CHAMPS Announce Funds Raised for Restorative Dental Program
The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare presented a check to Medworks for $311,010 at their centennial event on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Medworks will use the funds to create a n ... read more


August 25, 2016
Issue Brief Explores the Many Facets of Opioid Abuse
The Center for Health Affairs' , A Growing Epidemic: Battling Opioid Abuse in Ohio, explores the many facets of the opioid abuse epidemic and discusses the extensive work underway to stem the addiction and over ... read more


August 18, 2016 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center and CHAMPS Become Members of The Advisory Board Company
The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare are pleased to announce they have become members of The Advisory Board. The Advisory Board Company is a membership-based firm, headquartered in Washingto ... read more


August 11, 2016 (Cleveland)
Gutowski Weighs in on the Effects of New Healthy Ohio Medicaid Proposal
On Friday, Aug. 5, The Center for Health Affairs’ government relations manager, Tony Gutowski, was quoted in a Cleveland 19 News article discussing the Healthy Ohio Medicaid waiver proposal heading to the ... read more


August 10, 2016 (Cleveland)
New Interactive Map Examines Marketplace Take-Up Rates in Northeast Ohio
A recently published Medicaid enrollment blog by The Center for Health Affairs and The Center for Community Solutions examines Marketplace take-up rates in Northeast Ohio, which ranged from virtually no partici ... read more


August 05, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center Submits Comments to CMS on Healthy Ohio Program
On August 5, The Center submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Healthy Ohio program, voicing its concerns with the proposal and the impact it would have on healthcar ... read more


July 28, 2016 (Cleveland)
Emergency Preparedness Team Recaps RNC Planning
RNC Responsibilities Every day during the Republican National Convention Beth Gatlin, The Center for Health Affairs’ director of emergency preparedness, and Andrea Bishop, emergency preparedness project m ... read more


July 27, 2016 (Cleveland)
Student Onboarding Enhanced by ACEMAPP 2.0 Update
ACEMAPP, a real-time online clinical rotation matching system that includes student onboarding materials and document storage solutions for clinical sites, schools, students and faculty has recently been update ... read more


July 12, 2016 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Hospital Observation Status, 2015 - 2016 Influenza Season
A recently published Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends by The Center for Health Affairs examines the drop in hospital observation status and the impact of the 2015-16 influenza season on hospital ... read more


July 11, 2016 (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland Health Care Sector is Backbone of its Economy
Northeast Ohio hospitals account for a total of 167,543 jobs and create $11.5 billion in labor income according to information in the Northeast Ohio hospital economic report released by The Center for Heal ... read more


July 06, 2016 (Cleveland)
Hospitals Meet to Discuss Upcoming Open Enrollment Period
On Wednesday, July 6, The Center for Health Affairs convened a meeting with the Region V U.S. Office of Health and Human Service (HHS), Enroll America and its Cleveland-based hospitals to discuss the upcoming o ... read more


June 29, 2016
Latest Policy Snapshot Examines Health Exchanges’ Impact on the Uninsured Rate
There is no disputing the fact that the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the ACA or Obamacare, has had a significant impact on the uninsured rate in Ohio and elsewhere across the country. Estimates ... read more


June 28, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center Connects Members to CGS’ Medicare Billing Committee
Since his appointment in January to the Cigna Government Services (CGS) Provider Outreach and Education (POE) Advisory Committee, Bob Kaliszewski, project manager at The Center for Health Affairs has served as ... read more


June 27, 2016 (Cleveland)
Cirillo Presents on Nurse Turnover at National Forum
Patricia Cirillo, PhD, vice president of initiatives and analytics, The Center for Health Affairs, presented Nurse Turnover and Geographic Relocation Patterns at The 2016 National Forum of State Nursing Workfor ... read more


June 01, 2016 (Cleveland)
ASPR Funding for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Announced
The Center for Health Affairs was awarded $789,110 in hospital emergency preparedness funds for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. These funds, awarded through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secretary ... read more


May 31, 2016 (Cleveland)
Centennial Featured in Special Issue of Cleveland Magazine
The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare's centennial is the subject of a special issue of Cleveland Magazine being released this month, along with the magazine's June 2016 issue. The special issue, ... read more


May 27, 2016
Patient Tracking System Now Available to Ohio Hospitals and Emergency Agencies
OHTrac, a web-based patient tracking system, is now available for hospitals and response agencies in Ohio to use when responding to mass casualty incidents or disaster situations in the state. How OHTrac Work ... read more


May 27, 2016
Organ Donation the Focus of Latest Publication
The ability to donate an organ to save another person’s life is among the most incredible medical advances in recent history. Today organ donation seems relatively commonplace, yet it was only in 1954 tha ... read more


May 24, 2016 (Cleveland)
ACEMAPP Clinical Rotation Pilot Ends with Positive Results
A four-week ACEMAPP clinical rotation pilot with approximately 30 Cleveland State University (CSU)-Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) pre-medical and medical students and the Northeast Ohio Neighbo ... read more


May 16, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center’s Comment Letter: Healthy Ohio Waiver Contrary to Demonstration Waiver Goals
Today, after extensive review and discussion with hospital members over the last month, The Center for Health Affairs formally submitted its concerns regarding the Healthy Ohio waiver in a comment letter to the ... read more


May 16, 2016 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Comments on UH Anniversary
On Saturday, May 14, The Center for Health Affairs’ President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain’s Cleveland article on the upcoming 150th anniversary of University Hospitals (UH). In the UH an ... read more


April 27, 2016 (Cleveland)
Report Examines 2015 Hospital Volume in Northeast Ohio
Hospital volume in Northeast Ohio had its fair share of fluctuation in 2015, according to a recently published Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends by The Center for Health Affairs. Wh ... read more


April 26, 2016
Issue Brief Examines a Century of Healthcare in Northeast Ohio
The Center for Health Affairs' , A Century of Service: Healthcare in Northeast Ohio from 1916 to Today, examines the early days of the Cleveland Hospital Council, major milestones in healthcare over the la ... read more


April 25, 2016 (Cleveland, OH)
Bill Ryan, President and CEO, Announces Retirement
After 14 years of service to the organization, Bill Ryan, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, has made the decision to retire at the end of 2016. The Center for Health Affa ... read more


April 14, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center Promotes Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation, Staff Member Shares Personal Story
The Center for Health Affairs recognized National Donate Life Month in April by serving as a community partner for The City Club of Cleveland’s event, “Unsung Heroes: Behind the Scenes of Organ, Eye ... read more


March 29, 2016 (Cleveland)
Anderson Comments on the Current Nursing Shortage in Northeast Ohio
On Wednesday, March 23, The Center for Health Affairs’ Senior Vice President of Member Services Lisa Anderson was interviewed by WEWS-TV, a local ABC affiliate, in a piece discussing the current nursing s ... read more


March 28, 2016
Antibiotic-Resistant Infections the Focus of Latest Publication
When you or your child is sick, a visit to the doctor to get the care you need quickly becomes a priority. Sometimes the doctor determines that the infection is caused by a virus and sends you home without a pr ... read more


March 27, 2016 (Cleveland)
Crain’s Features Bill Ryan as Health Care Source
On Sunday, March 27, Crain’s Cleveland Business featured The Center for Health Affairs’ president and CEO, Bill Ryan, as a health care source regularly used by the business newspaper. The article wa ... read more


March 22, 2016 (Cleveland)
Gatlin Discusses the Effect of Federal Grant Funding Cuts
On Tuesday, March 22, The Center for Health Affairs’ ASPR Project Director Beth Gatlin was interviewed by Cleveland.com discussing how federal grant funding cuts will affect their preparedness in the futu ... read more


March 21, 2016 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Weighs in on Obamacare in the 2016 Presidential Election
On Sunday, March 20, The Center for Health Affairs’ President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain’s Cleveland article discussing the lack of discussion about Obamacare in this election cycle. In ... read more


March 17, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center’s Publications Now Available as Healthcare Podcast Episodes
On Thursday, March 17, The Center for Health Affairs launched a healthcare podcast to feature its monthly Issue Briefs and Policy Snapshots. For more than 10 years, The Center has released these publications to ... read more


March 16, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center and CHAMPS Healthcare Partner with Premier to Host MACRA Event
On Wednesday, March 16, The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate, CHAMPS Healthcare, partnered with Premier, Inc. to host an educational event on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act ... read more


February 24, 2016 (Cleveland)
Fundraising Underway for Centennial Gift to Benefit Medworks Restorative Dental Care Program
In December, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare announced Medworks as the beneficiary of a joint philanthropic effort to be unveiled at The Center / CHAMPS' centennial event being held Saturday ... read more


February 24, 2016
Vaccination Basics the Focus of Latest Publication
Immunizations are among the most critical public health advances. The protection that vaccines provide for individual patients and the public can often be taken for granted until serious disease outbreaks draw ... read more


February 23, 2016 (Cleveland)
Kaliszewski Selected For CGS POE Advisory Committee
The Cigna Government Services (CGS) Jurisdiction 15 Part A 2016 Provider Outreach and Education (POE) Advisory Committee recently selected Bob Kaliszewski, project manager, Member Services, The Center for Healt ... read more


February 16, 2016 (Cleveland)
New Videos Highlight NEONI’s Healthcare Workforce Programs
To highlight and promote its healthcare workforce programs, NEONI, The Center for Health Affairs’ workforce initiative, recently released new informational videos on their four key offerings. prep ... read more


February 15, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center Selected to Complete Needs Assessment for the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
The Center for Health Affairs has been selected to complete a comprehensive needs assessment for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County. The ADAMHS Board needs ... read more


February 12, 2016 (Cleveland)
GCHA Biannual Board Update Released
At its latest board meeting, trustees of the Greater Cleveland Healthcare Association (GCHA), the board that oversees the nonprofit programs of The Center for Health Affairs, received the GCHA Biannual Board Up ... read more


January 28, 2016 (Cleveland)
New Board Members Begin Terms in 2016
The Center for Health Affairs has announced changes to its board as well as to the boards of its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare and to GCHA, the nonprofit corporate entity that houses community activities ... read more


January 26, 2016
Issue Brief Takes Close Look at Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The Center for Health Affairs' , Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A Transformation in Primary Care, explains what patient-centered medical homes are, what they are intended to accomplish, and how far along they ... read more


January 18, 2016 (Cleveland)
Centennial Website Unveiled by The Center and CHAMPS
On Monday, Jan. 18, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare unveiled a centennial website to serve as an informational hub for all the activities and details associated with their 100th anniversary. ... read more


January 14, 2016 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Discusses Changes in the Healthcare System on The Sound of Ideas
On Thursday, Jan. 14, The Center for Health Affairs’ President and CEO Bill Ryan participated in a discussion with other healthcare policy and economic experts on an episode of ideastream’s® The ... read more


January 11, 2016 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Surgical Volume in Northeast Ohio
Outpatient surgical volume in Northeast Ohio continued to grow in the third quarter of 2015, according to a recently published Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends by The Center for Health Affairs. C ... read more


January 04, 2016 (Cleveland)
The Center and Cypress Research Group Collaborate with University Hospitals to Complete 12 CHNA Reports
Following a concerted, year-long collaboration between The Center for Health Affairs, University Hospitals, and Cypress Research Group, University Hospitals has released their 2015 Community Health Needs Assess ... read more


December 22, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Joins Local Collaborative to Reduce Infant Mortality
The Center for Health Affairs is joining forces with leaders from local governments, foundations and hospitals to reduce infant mortality in Northeast Ohio. On Dec. 30, 2015, The Center and its member hospitals ... read more


December 17, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Announces Joint Philanthropic Program to Benefit Medworks
On Monday, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare announced Medworks as the beneficiary of a joint philanthropic effort to be unveiled at their centennial event being held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. ... read more


December 16, 2015
CHNA Implementation Strategy Requirements the Focus of Latest Publication
The Center for Health Affairs has released its , Community Health Planning Part 2: Implementation Strategy Requirements, which examines the many requirements hospitals must fulfill related to community health p ... read more


December 14, 2015 (Cleveland)
Employees at The Center for Health Affairs Achieve 110 Service Days
The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate, CHAMPS Healthcare, are happy to announce the completion of their 100 Days of Service initiative, during which the organization achieved a total of 110 s ... read more


December 07, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Visits Northeast Ohio Congressional Delegation
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Deanna Moore, vice president of corporate communications, and Tony Gutowski, manager of government relations, traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with members of the Northeast Ohio congressi ... read more


November 30, 2015 (Cleveland)
ideastream® Cites The Center in Piece on Psychological and Drug Addiction Treatment
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' Key Indicators Report was cited in an ideastream® report by Sarah Jane Tribble on psychological and drug addiction treatment. The Center's Key Ind ... read more


November 20, 2015
Health Needs Assessment Requirements Topic of Latest Publication
The Center for Health Affairs’ has released its , which examines the many requirements hospitals must fulfill related to community health needs assessments. Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contai ... read more


November 19, 2015 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Psychiatric Patient Volume in Northeast Ohio
Total psychiatric patient volume in Northeast Ohio continued to rise in the second quarter of 2015, according to a recently published Key Indicators report by The Center for Health Affairs. Psychiatric volume, ... read more


November 18, 2015 (Cleveland)
2016 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Underway
With 2016 Marketplace open enrollment now underway, health insurance consumers across the nation again have the opportunity to find an insurance plan or change the one they currently have. Here in Northeast Ohi ... read more


November 16, 2015
Issue Brief Examines Community Health Impact
The Center for Health Affairs' , Boosting Community Health Impact: The Vital Role of Collaboration, examines how health needs assessments are shaping local health collaboratives. Hospitals, public health depart ... read more


October 26, 2015 (Cleveland)
Community Health Improvement Takes Center Stage at CHNA Roundtable Meeting
The Center for Health Affairs hosted the third meeting of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Roundtable on October 15. The meeting focused on best practices in community health improvement. Lillian Ku ... read more


October 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Regional Hospital Economic Impact Study Underway
The Center for Health Affairs, in collaboration with its consulting partner, Gerald Doeksen, PhD, has begun work on a regional economic impact study of its member hospitals. The study, which is conducted every ... read more


October 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
“What is NEONI” Video Released by The Center for Health Affairs
What is NEONI, a video recently released by The Center for Health Affairs, brings the organization’s workforce initiative to life by briefly explaining its work to develop, implement and sustain healthcar ... read more


October 15, 2015
Policy Snapshot Assesses State Budget Committees within the Ohio Legislature
Every two years, lawmakers in the state of Ohio from the Ohio Legislature engage in the herculean task of crafting a budget bill that will fund state programs for the coming biennium. Often, the process of comp ... read more


October 12, 2015 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Participates in Cleveland Press Club Panel
On Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 The Center for Health Affairs’ President and CEO Bill Ryan participated in a Cleveland Press Club panel at Music Box Supper Club entitled, "The Race for Dominance Among Cleveland's ... read more


October 08, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Invited to Play Role in Population Health Planning in Ohio
To help facilitate collaboration related to population health planning in Ohio, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has been commissioned by the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, the Ohio ... read more


October 01, 2015 (Cleveland)
Nursing Forecaster Cited in WKYC Nursing Shortage Segment
On Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2015, research from the The Center for Health Affairs' NEONI Nursing Forecaster was featured in a WKYC segment on the nation’s nursing shortage. In the WKYC nursing shortage segmen ... read more


September 29, 2015 (Cleveland)
New Report Estimates 2015 Member ROI at 30.08
According to a new report from The Center for Health Affairs, member ROI for 2015 is 30.08. In other words, for every dollar member hospitals pay in dues, they receive $30.08 in value. Member ROI as well as met ... read more


September 28, 2015 (Cleveland)
Green Corps Latest Beneficiary of The Center's 100 Days of Service Initiative
On Aug. 11 a group of employees from The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare spent the day volunteering at Cleveland Green Corps, a program of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, ... read more


September 27, 2015 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Comments on the State of Akron Health Care in Crain's Piece
On Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on the state of Akron health care.  In the piece, "A lifeline for Akro ... read more


September 24, 2015
September Policy Snapshot Evaluates Efforts to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Unplanned hospital readmissions are a problem from several perspectives. Not only does additional hospitalization result in added healthcare treatment costs, it also suggests that patients are remaining sick &n ... read more


September 11, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Names Laura Gronowski Chief of Staff
The Center for Health Affairs announced Monday the appointment of Laura Gronowski as Chief of Staff for the non-profit and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare. In this role Gronowski will lead organization ... read more


September 07, 2015 (Cleveland)
GCHA Scorecard Unveiled at Board Meeting
At its latest board meeting, trustees of the Greater Cleveland Healthcare Association (GCHA), the board that oversees the nonprofit programs of The Center for Health Affairs, received a GCHA Scorecard, covering ... read more


September 01, 2015 (Cleveland, OH)
The Center for Health Affairs Named to NorthCoast 99’s List of Best Places to Work
The Center for Health Affairs is proud to announce it has been named to NorthCoast 99’s list of best places to work by ERC. This prestigious award honors 99 Northeast Ohio organizations that have implemen ... read more


August 28, 2015 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Weighs in on Akron General Merger with Cleveland Clinic
On Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Plain Dealer piece on the Akron General merger with Cleveland Clinic.  In the piece, "In latest mega-mer ... read more


August 28, 2015 (Cleveland)
Summer Recess an Opportunity for Updates to Legislative Offices
On Friday, Aug. 14, Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager, visited the Statehouse in Columbus to provide updates to legislative offices. On behalf of its hospital members, The Center for Health Affai ... read more


August 26, 2015 (Cleveland)
Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Funding Announced
The Center for Health Affairs has been awarded $809,344 in hospital emergency preparedness funds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. These funds, awarded through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secre ... read more


August 20, 2015
Study Quantifies Contributions of Hospitals Receiving Nonprofit Property Tax Exemption
Despite their nonprofit property tax exemption, hospitals in Northeast Ohio contributed more than $99 million to local municipalities in direct revenue and over $900 million in community benefit, according to r ... read more


August 10, 2015 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Rise in Hospital Volume
According to The Center for Health Affairs most recent Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends, the first quarter of 2015 demonstrated a steady rise in hospital volume for Northeast Ohio providers. Incr ... read more


August 10, 2015
Issue Brief Examines Evolution of Healthcare Reimbursement
The Affordable Care Act, the national health reform legislation commonly called Obamacare, was arguably the most influential piece of policy to affect the nation’s healthcare system in decades. It is best ... read more


July 29, 2015 (Cleveland)
Emergency Operations Plans Tested During Simulated Event
To test local emergency operation plans and meet the Hospital Preparedness Program grant requirements, The Center for Health Affairs’ emergency preparedness team annually collaborates with member hospital ... read more


July 24, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Releases Hospital Price Transparency Q & A
In an effort to help consumers understand complex healthcare jargon and demystify commonly asked questions, The Center for Health Affairs has created a hospital price transparency Q & A. The piece is intend ... read more


July 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Volume Statistics Program Updates Cut Turn-Around Time in Half
The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce Volume Statistics program updates aimed at making the tool easier and more efficient for members. While there are a number of enhancements that are a part of ... read more


July 01, 2015
Regional Community Benefit Highlighted in 2015 Hospital Fact Sheet
Hospitals in Northeast Ohio provided nearly $1.3 billion in benefits aimed at improving the health of the region in 2013, according to The Center for Health Affairs newly released 2015 . The new piece, which us ... read more


June 24, 2015
Human Trafficking the Focus of July's Policy Snapshot
It is both shocking and disheartening that if human trafficking were a legitimate industry rather than the criminal activity that it is, it would be the fastest growing industry in the world. Commonly referred ... read more


June 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Collaborating to Achieve Nursing Excellence Throughout Northeast Ohio
Collaborating to achieve nursing excellence by sharing knowledge and best practices in nursing practice, education, research, quality and safety is the overarching goal of NEONI’s Practice, Education, Res ... read more


June 22, 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs Named One of the Top Workplaces in Cleveland
The Center for Health Affairs is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of The Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in Cleveland. The Center is one of only 150 organizations in Cleveland to be recogn ... read more


June 19, 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio)
FY 2016 Wage Index Results Announced: $19.4 Million Expected
Reimbursement Forum members were presented with the FY 2016 wage index results at their June 16 meeting where they learned that Northeast Ohio hospitals can expect $19.4 million in additional fee-for-service Me ... read more


June 11, 2015 (Cleveland)
Key Health Priorities the Focus of CHNA Roundtable Meeting
The Center for Health Affairs hosted the second meeting of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Roundtable on Wednesday, June 10. The focus of the meeting was to understand the top health priorities tha ... read more


June 01, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Facilitates Discussion on Medicaid and Marketplace Enrollment Efforts
The Center for Health Affairs hosted a meeting with hospital members to discuss Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment efforts on Tuesday, May 19. Kathleen Falk, Region 5 Director of the U.S. Department of Health ... read more


May 28, 2015
Policy Snapshot Examines Impacts of Living in Food Deserts
For too many people, access to healthy and affordable food options is limited, at best, or not an option at all. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food deserts are defined as “urban neighbo ... read more


May 26, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Invited to Join National Collaborative on Substance Use
The treatment and prevention of substance use and misuse issues continues to be a top health need identified by many member hospitals’ community health needs assessments. Recognizing that substance abuse ... read more


May 22, 2015 (Cleveland)
Forum Sheds Light on Violence Against Healthcare Workers
Violence against healthcare workers was the topic of a forum coordinated by The Center for Health Affairs’ Behavioral Health RoundTable on Friday, May 22 at Lutheran Medical Center. The event, entitled Ma ... read more


May 11, 2015 (Cleveland)
100 Days of Service Kickoff Part of The Center for Health Affairs' Centennial Celebration
The Center for Health Affairs kicked off its 100 Days of Service initiative Friday, May 8 as part of their year-long celebration marking 100 years of hospital advocacy in Northeast Ohio. The 100 Days of Service ... read more


May 07, 2015 (Cleveland)
Moore Quoted in Modern Healthcare Piece on GOP-Led Medicaid Expansion States
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' Vice President of Corporate Communications Deanna Moore was quoted in a Modern Healthcare piece on GOP-led Medicaid expansion states by Virgil Dickson.&n ... read more


May 06, 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs and its Workforce Initiative, NEONI, Celebrate National Nurses Week 2015
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, celebrate National Nurses Week May 6 through May 12. The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise awareness of the important role nurses pla ... read more


April 28, 2015
Issue Brief Examines Infant Mortality as Important Indicator of Nation's Health
The Center’s , Infant Mortality in the U.S. & Ohio: A Reflection of Complex Societal Changes examines the problem of infant mortality, including its rates, causes and disparities, and it also shi ... read more


April 27, 2015
Collaboration Results in New Medicaid Renewal Resource
On April 22, The Center for Health Affairs released a new resource aimed at clarifying the many questions consumers have about Medicaid renewal. The consumer-oriented piece, Medicaid Re-Enrollment: 11 Questions ... read more


April 20, 2015
Updated Medicaid FAQ Focuses on Impact of Expansion in Northeast Ohio
The Center for Health Affairs recently updated its Medicaid FAQ to address questions repeatedly emphasized by Ohio lawmakers. The summarizes the impact extending the state’s Medicaid program has had in N ... read more


April 01, 2015 (Cleveland)
Ryan Delivers Testimony on Medicaid Reauthorization to Cleveland City Council
The Center for Health Affairs provided testimony on Medicaid reauthorization to the Cleveland City Council with advocates from the Northeast Ohio healthcare community on Monday, March 30. Bill Ryan, president a ... read more


March 27, 2015 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Dramatic Rise in Year-end Emergency Room Cases
Emergency room cases rose by nearly 14 percent in December of 2014 according to The Center for Health Affairs most recent Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends, now available on the legacy Volume Stat ... read more


March 26, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Kicks Off 2015 Advocacy Agenda
During the past several months, The Center for Health Affairs has been executing its 2015 advocacy agenda. At the top of this year’s agenda is Ohio’s biennial state budget, with a specific focus on ... read more


March 24, 2015 (Cleveland)
CHNA Roundtable Kicks Off First Meeting with Guest Speaker Julie Trocchio
The Center for Health Affairs hosted the first meeting of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Roundtable on Tuesday, March 24. Julie Trocchio, senior director of community benefit and continuing c ... read more


March 24, 2015
Policy Snapshot Examines the Need for Continued CHIP Funding
The Center for Health Affairs' latest Policy Snapshot, Chipping Away at the Uninsured Rate among Children: Why Continued CHIP Funding is Essential, examines this critical children’s health program. Most c ... read more


March 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Ryan Comments on New Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in ideastream Report
On Friday, March 20, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' President & CEO Bill Ryan weighed in on the new Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and other preparations for a growing number of cancer patients in an ... read more


March 18, 2015 (Cleveland)
Users Receive Data on Clinical Placements from ACEMAPP Annual Reports
To provide data on clinical placements to its users, The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, annually generate ACEMAPP reports. With its online nursing clinical placement and matching ... read more


February 24, 2015
Access Works: Seven Reasons Why Continued Support of Medicaid is Critical
When Medicaid expansion became a reality in Ohio – and childless adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level gained access to health insurance – Ohio healthcare advocates celebrate ... read more


February 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Updated Member ROI and Strategic Direction Scorecard Released
The Center for Health Affairs has released updated strategic direction metrics that include a 2015 Member Return on Investment Statement and a Winter 2015 Strategic Direction Scorecard, both of ... read more


February 20, 2015 (Cleveland)
NEONI to Celebrate Nursing Leadership at its Biennial Event
NEONI will celebrate nursing leadership by recognizing Northeast Ohio’s industry leaders and supporting partners at its NEONI Nursing Excellence 2015 event on April 30 at LACENTRE Conference and Banquet F ... read more


February 18, 2015 (Cleveland)
Medicaid Re-enrollment Required to Maintain Coverage
The Center for Health Affairs encourages those who gained health insurance through Ohio’s Medicaid expansion to take action to keep their benefits. Under the law, people who signed up for health insurance ... read more


February 09, 2015 (Cleveland)
Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends on Feb. 15
Marketplace open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, which leaves only a few days for people without insurance to sign up for a plan in 2015. For consumers who still need to get covered, or for those who want to make c ... read more


February 02, 2015 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Authors PD Guest Column on Why Medicaid Expansion Has Been Good for Ohio
On Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan Authored the Plain Dealer guest column, "Why Medicaid expansion has been good for Ohio." In the piece, Ryan makes several case ... read more


January 29, 2015
Issue Brief Examines Affordable Care Act Pros and Cons Two Years In
The Center’s , Affordable Care Act: What’s Working Well & What’s Not, examines the Affordable Care Act pros and cons and provides an update on how health reform has unfolded in the two yea ... read more


January 28, 2015 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio Ebola Efforts Featured in AMCNO Piece
Northeast Ohio Ebola efforts were recently featured in The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio’s (AMCNO) Northern Ohio Physician January/February 2015 issue. The Center for Health Affairs ... read more


January 27, 2015 (Cleveland)
NEONI's Nursing Research Database Created to Support its Members
NEONI’s nursing research database, created to support Northeast Ohio nursing educators, students in the research process and clinical and administrative nurses, has entered its beta-testing phase. It was ... read more


January 26, 2015 (Cleveland)
Ryan Weighs in on Closing of Lakewood Hospital
On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' President & CEO Bill Ryan weighed in on the closing of Lakewood Hospital in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece by Timothy Magaw. In the Crain's piece ... read more


January 23, 2015 (Cleveland)
Moore Quoted on Retirement Healthcare Needs in Cleveland Jewish News
On Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, The Center for Health Affairs' Vice President of Corporate Communications Deanna Moore was quoted in a Cleveland Jewish News piece on retirement healthcare needs by Jonah Rosenblum.&nb ... read more


January 16, 2015 (Cleveland)
The Center Prepares to Celebrate 100 Years of Hospital Advocacy in Northeast Ohio
Efforts to plan a year-long celebration marking 100 years of hospital advocacy in Northeast Ohio have begun at The Center for Health Affairs. Formally organized in March of 1916, The Center has become known as ... read more


January 05, 2015 (Cleveland, Ohio)
NEOPNC's Lay Navigation Event Featured in AMCNO Publication
On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, The Northeast Ohio Patient Navigation Collaborative (NEOPNC), in conjunction with The Center for Health Affairs and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO) conve ... read more


January 01, 2015 (Cleveland)
NEONI Launches New Job Shadowing Experience Tool, prep2practice
To streamline its healthcare job shadowing experience process, The Center for Health Affairs’ workforce initiative, NEONI, developed and recently launched prep2practice™. prep2practice is an online ... read more


December 31, 2014 (Cleveland)
WEWS Piece Highlights The Center's Report on Emergency Room Visits
On Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, a report published by The Center for Health Affairs analyzing the recent rise in Northeast Ohio emergency department visits was highlighted by WEWS News Channel 5.  In the piece, ... read more


December 22, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEOPNC Renews Vision, Aims to Support Member Hospital Patient Navigation Programs
The Northeast Ohio Patient Navigation Collaborative, or NEOPNC, which was originally established in 2011 to promote patient navigation in the region, is aligning its efforts with The Center for Health Affairs&r ... read more


December 19, 2014 (Cleveland)
Report Analyzes Third Quarter Rise in Northeast Ohio Emergency Department Visits
The number of Northeast Ohio emergency department visits increased in the third quarter of 2014, according to The Center for Health Affairs’ latest Key Indicators Report. Though the 5.16 percent increase ... read more


December 19, 2014
Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace Coverage Highlighted in January’s Policy Snapshot
Recognizing the challenging health insurance market that small businesses face, one of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions mandated the creation of a Small Business Health Options (SHOP) program in ... read more


December 15, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEONI Survey Confirms Challenges for Non-Acute Care Nursing Student Clinical Experience
In September 2014, the academic partners of NEONI, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, were surveyed in order to gain insight into the non-acute care settings utilized for nursing student clinic ... read more


December 04, 2014 (Cleveland)
Issue Brief Featured in HealthLeaders Piece on Demands for Price Transparency
On Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' November Issue Brief on Hospital Price Transparency was featured in a HealthLeaders Media piece on demands for price transparency.  In the piece, " ... read more


November 26, 2014 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Interviewed for ideastream Piece on Transparent Pricing
On Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was interviewed by ideastream's Anne Glausser for a piece on transparent pricing for medical services.  In addition t ... read more


November 19, 2014 (Cleveland)
Crain's Healthcare Blog Quotes Bill Ryan
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business healthcare blog post on Medicaid reauthorization by Timothy Magaw.  In the h ... read more


November 13, 2014 (Cleveland)
Open Enrollment Resources Now Available
With 2014 Marketplace open enrollment just days away, The Center for Health Affairs has put together a collection of resources from around the region to provide consumers with the information they need to get c ... read more


November 12, 2014
Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment the Focus of December’s Policy Snapshot
Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment efforts are in full swing in Ohio. The open enrollment period for coverage purchased through the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 15, 2014 a ... read more


November 05, 2014 (Cleveland)
Educational Piece Answers Marketplace Open Enrollment Questions
A new educational piece released by the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council aims to shed light on insurance options for Northeast Ohioans just in time for the Marketplace open enrollment period, whic ... read more


November 03, 2014
Hospital Price Transparency Topic of Latest Issue Brief
Typically when making a purchase, one of the first factors we consider is price. However, when it comes to healthcare, including hospital services, the issue of price tags is a complex matter. Yet, as patients ... read more


October 31, 2014 (Cleveland)
Article on Closing the Practice Gap Published in Nursing Journal
In its latest issue, the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development published “Closing the Practice Gap,” an article highlighting NEONI’s work that began in 2007 to ensure new nurse gradua ... read more


October 20, 2014 (Cleveland)
2014 NEONI Fall Conference Focuses on Nursing’s Future
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative hosted the 2014 NEONI Fall Conference, “Nursing’s Future – The Workforce, The Expectations & The Technology,” Friday, Oct. ... read more


October 13, 2014 (Cleveland)
Speakers Discuss Components of a Successful Lay Navigation Program
On Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, The Northeast Ohio Patient Navigation Collaborative (NEOPNC), in conjunction with The Center for Health Affairs and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO) conv ... read more


October 09, 2014
Policy Snapshot Provides Key Questions for Candidates as November Elections Approach
The November elections are fast approaching and political candidates hoping to represent Northeast Ohioans are busy meeting with potential constituents and sharing their positions on key issues. For Northeast O ... read more


October 08, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Scorecard Estimates Hospital ROI at $12.50 for every $1 Spent on Dues
Unveiled at the Sept. 18 board meeting, The Center for Health Affairs’ new Strategic Direction Scorecard conservatively estimates member hospital ROI on membership dues at 12.5. In oth ... read more


October 01, 2014 (Cleveland)
Crain's Quotes NEONI's Pam Waite on Transition-To-Practice Gap in Nursing
On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' Director of Healthcare Workforce and NEONI Operations Pam Waite shared thoughts with Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the transition-to- ... read more


September 30, 2014 (Cleveland)
2014 Lake County Youth Assessment Available
The Center for Health Affairs, together with the Lake County General Health District, enlisted the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and researchers from the University of Toledo to conduct a community health ... read more


September 28, 2014 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Weighs in on Expected Medicaid Expansion Fight
On Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan shared thoughts with Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the expected Medicaid expansion fight in Northeast Ohio. ... read more


September 25, 2014 (Cleveland)
Rita Spirko Joins NEONI’s PERQS Center as New Director
Rita Spirko, MSN, RN, was recently hired as the new director of NEONI’s Practice, Education, Research and Quality/Safety (PERQS) Center which provides unique opportunities to harness nursing excellence. I ... read more


September 14, 2014 (Cleveland)
Crain's Quotes Bill Ryan on Midnight Rule
On Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on Medicare's "midnight rule." In the piece, "Hospitals hoping time runs o ... read more


September 05, 2014 (Cleveland)
Lawmakers and Hospitals Attend The Center's Legislative Roundtable
On Sept. 4 The Center for Health Affairs was joined by Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), Rep. Nicholas Celebrezze (D-Parma), Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina) at University Hospitals C ... read more


September 02, 2014 (Cleveland)
Lisa Anderson Featured in Around Cleveland Segment
On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' Vice President of Member Services Lisa Anderson, MSN, RN was featured in an Around Cleveland segment on summer coming to a close. In the Around Cle ... read more


September 02, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs Named to 2014 NorthCoast 99 List
The Center for Health Affairs is proud to announce its recognition by ERC as one of the NorthCoast 99 Award winners. This prestigious award honors Northeast Ohio’s best places to work for top talent. This ... read more


September 01, 2014 (Cleveland)
ABJ Quotes Bill Ryan on Akron General Partnership with Clinic
On Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan shared thoughts with the Akron Beacon Journal regarding changes to be expected following the announced Akron ... read more


August 27, 2014 (Cleveland)
The Center Advances Community Outreach Efforts
With so many changes on the horizon in the healthcare industry, it is more important than ever to stay abreast of the latest healthcare developments that matter to Northeast Ohio. Because there are so many orga ... read more


August 25, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEONI Begins Fall 2014 Rollout of ACEMAPP Passport
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, are in the process of rolling out ACEMAPP Passport, a component of NEONI’s online nursing clinical placement and matching program which p ... read more


August 14, 2014
Policy Snapshot Examines Skin Cancer Facts
Even after the last days of summer weather are just a memory, it’s important to pay attention to our skin to ensure that any cause for concern does not go unnoticed. A basic understanding of skin cancer f ... read more


August 11, 2014 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Authors Plain Dealer Guest Column on Health Care Costs
On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan addressed the theory that increased consumerism could help control health care costs in a Plain Dealer guest column entitled ... read more


July 30, 2014
Issue Brief Highlights Health Needs Assessment Findings, Examines Hospital Case Studies
To most effectively address the health needs of the communities they serve, hospitals routinely conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) to give them a clearer picture of the health concerns in their ... read more


July 28, 2014 (Cleveland)
Funding for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Announced
The Center for Health Affairs has been awarded $876,521 in hospital emergency preparedness funds through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the divis ... read more


July 10, 2014 (Cleveland)
Decline in Skilled Nursing Volume Leveling Off
Over the last decade skilled nursing facility days and discharges have seen a steep decline. A variety of factors, such as regulatory changes, shifts in patient preferences and operational adjustments to promot ... read more


June 27, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs Hosts NEONI’s Annual Summer Soiree
 The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, invited members to the NEONI Summer Soiree to kick off summer with good friends and delicious food. The soiree was held on The Center for ... read more


June 26, 2014 (Cleveland)
Meetings Enhance Understanding of Northeast Ohio Hospital Community Health Initiatives
The Center for Health Affairs has been conducting case study meetings to gain a deeper understanding of Northeast Ohio hospital community health initiatives. These meetings have confirmed the vast array of com ... read more


June 24, 2014 (Cleveland)
The Center Supports Emergency Preparedness Planning Efforts for Northeast Ohio
Since 2003, The Center for Health Affairs has been supporting its emergency preparedness initiative by enhancing emergency preparedness planning in the region to increase individual and regional hospital prepar ... read more


June 23, 2014 (Cleveland)
Cleveland City Council President Discusses PILOT legislation
On Wednesday, May 28, Bill Ryan, president and CEO, and Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager, met with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley. The meeting, which was requested by The Center f ... read more


June 20, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEONI Provides Healthcare Job Shadowing Opportunities to 432 Northeast Ohio Students
For more than a decade, NEONI’s Healthcare Career Shadowing Program has been providing job shadowing opportunities to Northeast Ohio high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthc ... read more


June 19, 2014
Policy Snapshot Covers Impact of Food Insecurity on Health
Most often, an assessment of the American diet leads to the conclusion that the problem is excess: too much sugar, too much fat, too much snacking and overly large portion sizes. But it’s not just excess ... read more


June 18, 2014 (Cleveland)
Patient Navigation Pilot Program Findings Revealed at CMSA Conference
The Center for Health Affairs’ patient navigation pilot program at Lakewood Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, was the focus of “The Navigator in the Community Acute Care Hospital” poster ... read more


June 16, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs Named One of the Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio
The Center for Health Affairs is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of The Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces, the fifth annual list of the 100 best places to work in Northeast Ohio. “We ... read more


June 09, 2014 (Cleveland)
Foundation for Health Excellence Awards $1 Million Grant
to Care Alliance’s Central Neighborhood Clinic

The Center for Health Affairs, through its Foundation for Health Excellence, announced today that it will award $1 million in grant funding to support the capital and operating needs of Care Alliance’s Ce ... read more


June 06, 2014 (Cleveland)
Ryan Comments on Potential Replacement for Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove
On Friday, June 6, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece by Timothy Magaw. The piece focused on Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove ... read more


May 29, 2014 (Cleveland)
HR Networking Group Established to Address Shared Challenges in Northeast Ohio’s Healthcare Environment
As part of The Center's strategic direction to build a strong healthcare workforce, The Center for Health Affairs has initiated the development of an HR networking group, or the Northeast Ohio Healthcare HR For ... read more


May 28, 2014
Hospital Observation Status the Focus of May’s Policy Snapshot
Hospital observation status regularly gets a bad rap. This label’s less-than-glowing reputation results for many legitimate reasons but also because the rules and reasons behind it are generally not well ... read more


May 22, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEONI Promotes prep2practice™ Tool at Ohio Public Health Conference
The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, recently exhibited at the 2014 Ohio Public Health Conference to promote prep2practice™, its newly developed online tool.  The Ohio Publ ... read more


May 12, 2014 (Cleveland)
Ryan Weighs in on MetroHealth Campus Overhaul
On Monday, May 12, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on the MetroHealth campus overhaul.  In the piece, "MetroHealth is takin ... read more


May 09, 2014
May 2014 Issue Brief Discusses Emerging Technologies in Healthcare
The Center’s takes a look at how emerging technologies in healthcare are changing the practice of medicine in the United States. While Health Information Technology (HIT) – the storage, retrieval, ... read more


May 08, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Center for Health Affairs and its Workforce Initiative, NEONI Celebrate National Nurses Week
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI celebrate National Nurses Week May 6 - May 12. The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise awareness of the important role nurses play ... read more


April 29, 2014 (Cleveland)
Tax Expert Engaged to Examine Hospital Tax-Exempt Status
For most people, the reasons behind hospital tax-exempt status are clear. Yet, for the last several years a small, vocal contingent that includes a variety of interested parties – from legislators to teac ... read more


April 29, 2014 (Cleveland)
NEONI Members Present Nursing Poster Presentation at Kent State University Conference
Members of The Center for Health Affairs’ workforce initiative, NEONI, recently presented a nursing poster presentation at Kent State University’s “Driving the Future” conference.  ... read more


April 28, 2014 (Cleveland)
Outpatient Surgery Cases Growing Substantially
The most recent Key Indicators Report showed outpatient surgery cases have grown substantially while total discharges, total days, emergency cases as well as several other indicators closed the fourth quarter w ... read more


April 25, 2014 (Cleveland)
Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County: Addressing Behavioral Health Needs on Multiple Fronts in 2014
The Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County has been actively working to address the region’s behavioral health needs in 2014. Work being conducted by the RoundTable includes the following: ... read more


April 23, 2014 (Cleveland)
Grant Funding Acquired to Help Match Students with Public Health Practicums and Capstone Experiences
The need for public health practicums and capstone experiences is continuously growing in Ohio and throughout the country. In order to support the increased demand for available experiences, grant-funding has b ... read more


April 14, 2014 (Cleveland)
FY 2015 Wage Index Results Announced: $7.1 Million Expected
Reimbursement Forum members were presented with the preliminary fiscal year (FY) 2015 wage index results at their March 20 meeting where they learned that Northeast Ohio hospitals can expect $7.1 million in add ... read more


April 11, 2014 (Cleveland)
Ryan Quoted in Plain Dealer on Medicare Billing Data
On Friday, Apr. 11, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Plain Dealer piece on Medicare billing data.  In the piece, "What the new Medicare billing data show (an ... read more


March 27, 2014 (Cleveland)
The Center Provides Support for Marketplace Enrollment Efforts
With open enrollment on the Marketplace quickly nearing its March 31 deadline, The Center for Health Affairs recently provided support to the Carmella Rose Health Foundation to promote public awareness about th ... read more


March 27, 2014 (Cleveland)
Welcome Packets Delivered to Elected Officials
This month The Center for Health Affairs distributed welcome packets to federal, state and local elected officials who represent various areas throughout Northeast Ohio. The purpose of these packets is to intro ... read more


March 26, 2014
Curbing Drug Abuse the Focus of March 2014 Policy Snapshot
While medications provide essential relief to many in need – including cancer patients, mothers in labor, and children with fractured bones – the downside is that they can also be abused. Curbing dr ... read more


March 17, 2014 (Cleveland)
ACEMAPP Annual Reports Provide Users with Nursing Clinical Placement Data
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, recently generated its ACEMAPP Annual Reports to provide hospital and nursing education program’s customized nursing clinical placem ... read more


March 14, 2014 (Cleveland)
Pam Waite and Tracy Plouck Give Presentations at Ohio Psychiatric Nurse Administrators (OPNA) Meeting
Pam Waite, director of healthcare workforce and NEONI operations for The Center for Health Affairs, and Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS), gave presen ... read more


March 11, 2014 (Cleveland)
Carmella Rose Offers Assistance as ACA Open Enrollment Deadline Approaches
With the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance is now required by law. Many Americans who are currently uninsured or underinsured can shop for health insurance through the Health Ins ... read more


February 26, 2014
Issue Brief Examines the Impact of the Baby Boomer Generation on the U.S. Healthcare System
The Center’s February 2014 publication, Bracing for the Boomers: Addressing the Healthcare and Workforce Challenges of a Generation, takes a look at how the aging and retirement of the baby boomer ge ... read more


February 26, 2014
Medication Safety Tips Highlighted in February’s Policy Snapshot
Medications play an essential role in combating diseases and improving the lives of people around the world and right here in Northeast Ohio. For all of the benefits medications can provide, many people have un ... read more


February 24, 2014 (Cleveland)
Hospital Observation Services on the Rise
The most recent Key Indicators Report showed a 19 percent increase in hospital observation services in the third quarter of 2013. According to the report, recent news stories have highlighted hospital patients ... read more


February 21, 2014 (Cleveland)
The Center Develops Healthcare Pinterest Boards
As part of its social media strategy, The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce the official launch of its healthcare Pinterest boards. Pinterest is a bulletin board style website that allows users t ... read more


February 17, 2014 (Cleveland)
Member Satisfaction Survey Provides Welcome Feedback
Almost nine out of ten respondents to The Center for Health Affairs latest member satisfaction survey agreed that the association provides very important services to the hospital community. The majority of surv ... read more


January 29, 2014 (Cleveland)
Emergency Preparedness Team Aids Area Hospitals During Harsh Winter Weather
When harsh winter weather hits Northeast Ohio, area hospitals oftentimes rely on The Center’s Emergency Preparedness team to respond to resource requests and provide critical weather and sheltering inform ... read more


January 13, 2014 (Cleveland)
The Center Creates Grant-Making Arm after Donation from CHAMPS Healthcare
For many years, CHAMPS Healthcare, the business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, has used a portion of its revenues to help support the nonprofit work of the association. Thanks to a substantial dona ... read more


January 10, 2014 (Cleveland, Ohio)
Ryan Quoted in Crain’s on Cost-Cutting Measures in Healthcare
On Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece in which some of the region’s leaders were asked to weigh in ... read more


December 18, 2013
December’s Policy Snapshot Examines Medicaid Expansion Moving Forward in Ohio
To say that Medicaid expansion moving forward in Ohio was at the top of healthcare advocates’ holiday wish lists would be an understatement. From the moment the U.S. Supreme Court voted in June 2012 to up ... read more


December 17, 2013 (Cleveland)
Advocacy Forum Convenes to Discuss Medicaid Enrollment
Members of The Center’s Advocacy Forum met on Dec. 9 to discuss the new enrollment process for Medicaid in Ohio. This extended group included Joe Gauntner from the Cuyahoga County office of Job and Family ... read more


December 10, 2013 (Cleveland)
Quality and Safety in Nursing Practice Discussed at NEONI’s 12th Annual Fall Conference
On Friday, Dec. 6 The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, hosted its 12th Annual Fall Conference to discuss quality and safety in nursing practice. About 90 people attended the half-day confe ... read more


December 09, 2013 (Cleveland)
Advisory Committee Recommends Improvements to Volume Statistics Program
On Nov. 6, the Volume Statistics Advisory Committee met to review the program and discuss possible definition changes and enhancements. The committee, composed of representatives from member hospitals who are f ... read more


December 06, 2013 (Cleveland)
Wage Index Project Moves Forward
In an effort to maximize reimbursement for its member hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs has once again contracted with the Reimbursement Alliance (RA) Group to conduct a wage index analysis of Northeast ... read more


December 04, 2013 (Cleveland)
Crain's Features Data on Emergency Department Admission Rates, Regional Cases
The Dec. 2-8, 2013 print edition of Crain's Cleveland Business features data from The Center's most recent issue brief, which discusses growing emergency department visits and utilization. Crain's spe ... read more


November 21, 2013 (Cleveland)
Report Examines Regional Average Length of Stay for Newborns
Starting in the 1970s, the average length of stay for newborns after delivery began declining. In Northeast Ohio and across the country, mothers and their newborns used to stay in the hospital for over four day ... read more


November 19, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI’s 2013 - 2014 High School Shadowing Program in Full Swing
Since its kickoff in October, NEONI’s 2013 - 2014 Healthcare Career Shadowing Program has assigned 168 students from 32 high schools to shadowing experiences in nine different hospitals. The high school s ... read more


November 13, 2013 (Cleveland)
ASPR Grant Hospitals Receive Site Visits from The Center’s Emergency Preparedness Team
This fall The Center’s Emergency Preparedness team has conducted 27 site visits to Northeast Ohio hospitals that receive Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) funding, with four visits ... read more


November 08, 2013 (Cleveland)
Case Western Releases Table Illustrating Exchange Rates for Cuyahoga County
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management released a compilation of Health Insurance Marketplace net premium rates for all competitors in Cuyahoga County for ... read more


November 05, 2013 (Cleveland)
Nursing Simulation Resources Identified in Ohio
Through a recent survey spearheaded by The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, nursing simulation resources have been identified for future simulation planning and prog ... read more


October 28, 2013 (Cleveland)
Ryan Quoted in Crain's Story on Obamacare, Spike in High-Deductible Plans
On Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on the rise in high-deductible plans and hospitals' concerns that they ... read more


October 24, 2013 (Cleveland)
Ohio Health Transformation Discussed at NEONI’s 2013 Legislative Forum
NEONI's 2013 Legislative Forum, “Passageways and Obstacles: Ohio’s Story of Health Transformation,” held at Southwest General Health Center’s Williams Conference Center Oct. 21, provided ... read more


October 23, 2013 (Cleveland)
Panel Discusses Evolving Role of Patient Navigators
On Friday, October 11, 2013, The Northeast Ohio Patient Navigation Collaborative, in conjunction with The Center for Health Affairs and the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio convened a panel to ... read more


October 22, 2013 (Cleveland)
State of Ohio Controlling Board Votes 5-2 to Expand Medicaid
Late yesterday the State of Ohio Controlling Board voted by a 5 to 2 majority to take advantage of federal money to expand Medicaid to approximately 275,000 low-income Ohioans with coverage slated to begin Janu ... read more


October 16, 2013 (Cleveland)
Lobby Day Message: Expand Ohio Medicaid Eligibility
Just days before the pivotal State of Ohio Controlling Board vote, The Center for Health Affairs and dozens of representatives from Northeast Ohio advocacy organizations gathered in Columbus to ask lawmakers to ... read more


October 10, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Endorses Cuyahoga County Issue 1
The Center for Health Affairs recognizes the importance of the Health and Human Services in the region and as a result has endorsed Cuyahoga County Issue 1, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Supported by ... read more


September 25, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI Program Simplifies Nursing Student Onboarding Process
A number of Northeast Ohio’s nursing schools and hospitals enjoyed a more efficient nursing student onboarding process this fall thanks to NEONI’s ACEMAPP Passport program. Each year, schools and ho ... read more


September 24, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center’s Strategic Direction Established for 2014-2016
For several months, planning has been underway to establish The Center’s strategic direction for 2014 through 2016. The plan, presented to The Center for Health Affairs board on Sept. 19, was approved and ... read more


September 04, 2013 (Cleveland)
Ryan Weighs in on Clinic Partnership with Community Health Systems
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on the Cleveland Clinic partnership with Community Health&n ... read more


August 28, 2013 (Cleveland)
August’s Policy Snapshot Unravels Different Navigator Roles
As medical care has grown more complex, and rates of chronic illness have risen, patients increasingly need someone to help guide them along the healthcare continuum to ensure they receive timely, high-quality ... read more


August 27, 2013 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio Emergency Department Volume on the Rise
Though Northeast Ohio hospital volume was down overall for the first quarter of 2013, January showed increases for several indicators, according to the latest Key Indicators Report. Emergency department volume ... read more


August 23, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI Leads Project to Develop a Nursing Forecast Model for the State of Louisiana
NEONI’s Vice President Lisa Anderson, MSN, RN, with consultants, Craig Moore, Ph.D. and Cypress Research Group, recently developed the Louisiana Multi-Regional Statewide Nursing Forecast Model, a unique a ... read more


August 21, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Awarded $1.38 Million in Emergency Preparedness Funds
The Center for Health Affairs has been awarded $1.38 million in hospital emergency preparedness funds through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the ... read more


July 30, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Begins Three-Year Strategic Direction Development
Planning is now underway for The Center’s three-year strategic direction that will serve as a blueprint for the association’s work from 2014 -2016. Like the three-year strategic direction in place f ... read more


July 29, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Explores the Path to Expanding Medicaid in Ohio
On Monday, July 29, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs released an online presentation to explain the process of expanding Medicaid in Ohio. This tool was created to clarify the complex legislative process the ... read more


July 26, 2013 (Cleveland)
July’s Policy Snapshot Examines Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue
Columbine. Virginia Tech. Chardon. Sandy Hook. What comes to mind at the mention of these schools? For most people the mere mention of these schools doesn’t evoke thoughts of education, but of horrific cr ... read more


July 23, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Holds Meetings with Cleveland City Council Members
Over the course of the past month, The Center has been holding one-on-one meetings with Cleveland City Council members to discuss its publications and advocacy efforts in Northeast Ohio. Led by Tony Gutowski, p ... read more


July 22, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Weighs in on Akron General Partner Search
On Saturday, July 20, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in an Akron Beacon Journal piece on the Akron General partner search by Cheryl Powell. In the piece, "Akron ... read more


June 26, 2013 (Cleveland)
Wellness Focus in June Includes Childhood Obesity Issue Brief
The Center’s most recent publication, Childhood Obesity: Weighing in on a Generation at Risk, has been released in conjunction with the launch of a new section of The Center’s website devoted to hea ... read more


June 25, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI Participates in Healthcare Career Event at Cleveland Convention Center Grand Opening
In an effort to reach future healthcare workers, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, participated in a healthcare career awareness event at the Cleveland Convention Center grand opening S ... read more


June 21, 2013 (Cleveland)
505 Students Participate in NEONI Healthcare Career Shadowing
Since 2002 the NEONI Healthcare Career Shadowing Program has been providing high school students with the opportunity to spend one day job shadowing in a real-life healthcare workplace environment to learn firs ... read more


June 20, 2013 (Cleveland)
Patient Days and Discharges Up in the Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter of 2012 showed increases in volume for several indicators in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the latest Key Indicators Report. Overall, patient days and discharges were ... read more


June 19, 2013 (Cleveland)
Lawmakers Hear From NEO-MEC: Ohio Medicaid Reform Now
On Wednesday, June 19, Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager, joined the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition (NEO-MEC) at the Statehouse in Columbus to meet with legislators as final changes ... read more


June 05, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Crain's Piece on Catholic Health Partners' Acquisition
On Monday, June 3, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece on Catholic Health Partners' acquisition of Kaiser Permanente's Ohi ... read more


May 30, 2013 (Cleveland)
Regional Behavioral Health Group Meets to Discuss Public-Private Collaboration
Behavioral health leaders from both the public and private sectors across Northeast Ohio met recently to discuss the potential formation of a public-private collaboration. At the inaugural meeting, held at No ... read more


May 29, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Facilitates Virtual Active Shooter Training Exercise for 30 Healthcare Facilities
On Thursday, May 8, The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, facilitated a virtual active shooter training table-top exercise for 30 healthcare facilities located throug ... read more


May 28, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Meets with Legislators to Advocate for Medicaid Reform
Since Governor Kasich released his biennium budget in February, The Center has been engaging Ohio legislators in an effort to gauge their support for reforming the current Medicaid program. During the past few ... read more


May 24, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center’s May Policy Snapshot Focuses on Immigrants’ Access to Healthcare
Since the founding of our nation, people have been coming to the United States from all corners of the world. Some have come seeking employment, others to obtain advanced degrees and still others have come to e ... read more


May 22, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Delivers Medicaid Reform Testimony to City Council
The Center for Health Affairs participated in a discussion about Medicaid reform with Cleveland City Council and advocates from the Northeast Ohio healthcare community on Thursday, May 17. Tony Gutowski, public ... read more


April 30, 2013 (Cleveland)
Cuyahoga County Health Needs Assessment Results Released
Cuyahoga County hospitals and community service organizations now have access to a wealth of current information about their county’s health needs. On Tuesday, April 30, nearly 100 people gathered at an e ... read more


April 29, 2013 (Cleveland)
Medicare Wage Index Explained in April Policy Snapshot
In Northeast Ohio, close to 40 percent of payments hospitals receive come from the Medicare program, making Medicare reimbursement a key component of hospitals’ bottom lines. A crucial factor in determini ... read more


April 29, 2013 (Cleveland)
Nearly 200 Guests Gather to Recognize Nursing Leaders and Supporting Partners in Northeast Ohio
On the evening of April 25, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, celebrated nursing excellence by hosting an event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, in Mayfield Heights, to recognize n ... read more


April 23, 2013 (Cleveland)
Emergency Preparedness Team Invests $150K in Oxygen Generators
The Center for Health Affairs’ emergency preparedness team recently made a $150,000 investment in two oxygen generators for Northeast Ohio regional hospitals. This purchase helps member hospitals meet one ... read more


April 17, 2013 (Cleveland)
Beth Gatlin Discusses Emergency Preparedness with News Channel 5
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' Director of Emergency Preparedness Beth Gatlin was interviewed by News Channel 5 on the emergency preparedness of Northeast Ohio hospitals. In the ... read more


April 16, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Responds to Dovilla Medicaid Letter
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan responded to a letter sent from Representative Mike Dovilla to a constituent explaining his opposition to Medicai ... read more


April 15, 2013 (Cleveland)
Healthcare Education Packets & Nursing Issues Focus of March Advocacy Efforts
In March The Center for Health Affairs distributed healthcare education packets to state and federal lawmakers to introduce and/or reacquaint them to Northeast Ohio’s most important health policy topics. ... read more


April 10, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Plain Dealer Piece on Medicaid Expansion and the State Budget
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Plain Dealer piece on Medicaid expansion and the state budget by Robert Higgs with Sarah Jane Tribble. ... read more


April 08, 2013 (Cleveland)
Medicaid Extension FAQ to Serve as Go-To Guide for Lawmakers
The Center for Health Affairs has just released its Medicaid extension FAQ to address the abundance of questions repeatedly emphasized by Ohio policymakers. The brochure summarizes the impact extending the stat ... read more


April 01, 2013 (Olmsted Falls)
Olmsted Falls Resolution to Expand Medicaid Applauded
Ordinance urges Ohio lawmakers to extend coverage to uninsured The City of Olmsted Falls adopted resolution number 22-2013 on Monday, March 12th, urging Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to expand ... read more


April 01, 2013 (Cleveland)
Cleveland City Council Medicaid Extension Efforts Applauded
Ordinance urges Ohio lawmakers to extend coverage to uninsured The City of Cleveland issued resolution number 427-13 on Monday, March 25th urging Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to include Medicai ... read more


March 27, 2013 (Cleveland)
FY 2014 Wage Index Results Announced: $10.4 Million Expected
Reimbursement Forum members were presented with the FY 2014 wage index results at their March 21 meeting where they learned that Northeast Ohio hospitals can expect $10.4 million in additional reimbursement tha ... read more


March 26, 2013 (Cleveland)
EOL Healthcare Trends Highlighted in Issue Brief
The Center’s March 2013 issue brief, Healthcare at the End of Life: A Look at Current Trends, takes a look at EOL healthcare trends, including the use of palliative and hospice care, advance directives an ... read more


March 22, 2013 (Cleveland)
The Center Contributes to Study on Economic Impact of MetroHealth
The Center for Health Affairs provided supplemental data for a January 2013 report entitled, The Economic Impact of MetroHealth System. Along with providing information for the report, The Center's President an ... read more


March 20, 2013 (Cleveland)
Cuyahoga County Health Check to be Held April 30
On Tuesday, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Scott Auditorium at MetroHealth Medical Center, The Center for Health Affairs will release the results of its county-wide health needs survey at Cu ... read more


March 18, 2013 (Cleveland)
Contact your Legislator Webpage Facilitates Communication with Lawmakers
The Center for Health Affairs’ contact your legislator webpage has recently been updated and aims to make communication with lawmakers easier. Visitors will find contact information and direct links ... read more


March 18, 2013 (Cleveland)
Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Targets Northeast Ohio Lawmakers
Medicaid Expansion advocacy efforts at The Center have targeted Northeast Ohio lawmakers in the last several weeks. In collaboration with spokespersons from member hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Uni ... read more


March 14, 2013 (Cleveland)
ACEMAPP Annual Reports Provide Users with Clinical Placement Data
ACEMAPP annual reports, generated by The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative NEONI, were distributed to hospitals and nursing education programs earlier this month. Each annual report summari ... read more


March 04, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Weighs in on Summa Partnership with Catholic Health Partners
On Monday, March 4, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece by Timothy Magaw on the recently announced Summa Partnership with ... read more


February 27, 2013 (Cleveland)
Policy Snapshot Outlines The Center’s Central Health Policy Priorities
February’s policy snapshot, Dear Lawmaker: Top Considerations from the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Community for 2013, outlines The Center’s central health policy priorities. Part two of this two-part ... read more


February 25, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI Hosts Event to Recognize Northeast Ohio Nursing Leaders and Supporting Partners
On the evening of April 25, The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, will celebrate nursing excellence and recognize Northeast Ohio nursing leaders and supporting partners, at Executiv ... read more


February 20, 2013 (Cleveland)
Governor’s Stance to Support Medicaid Expansion Applauded
The Center for Health Affairs applauds Governor Kasich’s call to support Medicaid expansion, highlighted during his State of the State address last night. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospit ... read more


February 11, 2013 (Cleveland)
January Lobby Day Message: Support Medicaid Expansion for Ohio
Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition (NEO-MEC) members lobbied at the statehouse on Jan. 29 with one message: support Medicaid expansion for Ohio. The group, composed of a wide range of community organiz ... read more


February 04, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Authors Plain Dealer Guest Column on PILOT Fees
On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan addressed the issue of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) in a Plain Dealer guest column on PILOT fees ent ... read more


January 30, 2013 (Cleveland)
January Policy Snapshot Outlines The Center’s Healthcare Priorities
As we draw closer to full implementation of healthcare reform, uncertainty and skepticism remain about unanswered questions and the changes to come. January’s policy snapshot, Dear Lawmaker: Top Considera ... read more


January 28, 2013 (Cleveland)
Third Quarter Key Indicators: Outpatient Volume Growth Continues
Northeast Ohio hospitals are enjoying outpatient volume growth once again, according to the Third Quarter 2012 Key Indicators Report. Data from the last few quarters make it clear that the declining volume witn ... read more


January 17, 2013 (Cleveland)
Louisiana State Board Signs Contract with NEONI to Predict Nursing Supply and Demand
On Thursday, Jan. 17 NEONI landed its first contract with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. NEONI will utilize its Nursing Forecaster, a dynamic tool used to predict the future nursing supply and demand for ... read more


January 14, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Plain Dealer Medicaid Piece
On Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Plain Dealer Medicaid Piece written by Sarah Tribble.  In the piece Ryan comments on a new rep ... read more


January 10, 2013 (Cleveland)
NEONI’s PERQS Center Gains Momentum to Harness Nursing Excellence
Work is underway to establish NEONI’s Center for Practice, Education, Research, Quality and Safety (PERQS), a collaborative part of The Center for Health Affairs’ three-year strategic direction to h ... read more


January 09, 2013 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Crain's Healthcare Section
On Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in the Crain's Healthcare section in a special "Economic Outlook 2013" piece by Timothy Magaw. The piece ... read more


January 03, 2013 (Cleveland)
FierceHealthcare Patient Navigation Piece Highlights Latest Issue Brief
On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, The Center for Health Affairs' December 2012 Issue Brief was highlighted in a FierceHealthcare patient navigation piece by Karen Cheung-Larivee. The piece cit ... read more


December 20, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Releases Patient Navigation Publication
The Center’s latest publication, an issue brief entitled, The Emerging Field of Patient Navigation: A Golden Opportunity to Improve Healthcare, shines the spotlight on the growing field of patient navigat ... read more


December 18, 2012 (Cleveland)
Medicaid Expansion in Ohio Focus of Recent Statehouse Lobbying
On Dec. 4, members of the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition (NEOMEC) traveled to Columbus to advocate for a full Medicaid expansion in Ohio.  The group, composed of a wide range of community orga ... read more


December 11, 2012 (Cleveland)
Huffington Post Wellness Piece Cites 2009 Policy Snapshot
On Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs' April 2009 Policy Snapshot was cited in a Huffington Post wellness piece by Tory Zellick. The piece cites The Center's research on compani ... read more


November 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
November Policy Snapshot Examines Medicaid Expansion
Our November policy snapshot, Medicaid: Why Expanding Coverage Makes Sense, provides context for the issues surrounding the state’s potential Medicaid expansion and why the state’s decision is so im ... read more


November 28, 2012 (Cleveland)
Community Health Needs Assessments Update
With data collection wrapping up in Cuyahoga County, The Center’s initiative to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) in its members’ counties is nearly complete. Similar to the project ... read more


November 27, 2012 (Cleveland)
National Healthcare Experts Present to Reimbursement Forum
On Nov. 15, members of The Center for Health Affairs Reimbursement Forum had the opportunity to hear two educational speakers from McGladrey, LLP, a national consulting firm with expertise in healthcare, at the ... read more


November 19, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Takes to the Senior Speaking Circuit
Community initiatives provide an opportunity for The Center for Health Affairs to showcase Northeast Ohio hospitals’ commitment to area residents as well as to educate community members on key health poli ... read more


November 19, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Responds to Member Hospitals During Superstorm Sandy
During Superstorm Sandy, The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness Team was hard at work in an effort to ensure member hospitals had a go-to resource for the latest information on county ... read more


November 16, 2012 (Akron)
Annual Conference Speaker Stresses Importance of Nursing Professionalism in Academia and Practice
Catherine S. Koppelman, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, the system chief nursing officer at University Hospitals and the chief nursing officer for University Hospitals Case Medical Center presented to nearly 65 attendees at N ... read more


November 07, 2012 (Cleveland)
Moody Hears Coalition Message: Full Medicaid Expansion Crucial
On Oct. 22, the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition (NEOMEC) met with Greg Moody, director of the Ohio Office of Health Transformation, to present the group’s common goal of expanding Ohio’s ... read more


November 05, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Crain's Story on Metro CEO Search
On Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was quoted in a Crain's article on MetroHealth System's search for a new CEO. The piece quoted Ryan as saying, ... read more


October 31, 2012 (Cleveland)
Panel Event Examines Growing Role of Patient Navigators in Northeast Ohio
On October 12, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs and The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio hosted “Leading the Way: A Panel Discussion on the Value of Patient Navigation” at South ... read more


October 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
NEONI 2012 - 2013 Career Shadowing Program Off to a Strong Start
Since its kickoff on Oct. 9, the NEONI 2012 – 2013 Healthcare Career Shadowing Program has assigned 500 students to shadowing experiences in 17 different hospitals ― a number that has already exceeded the ... read more


October 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
2012 Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series Wraps Up
Healthcare advocates, providers, universities and other organizations throughout Ohio attended the 2012 Ohio Health Literacy Conference on Oct. 26 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. More than 100 people attend ... read more


October 26, 2012 (Cleveland)
October Policy Snapshot Shines Spotlight on How Communication Influences the Patient Experience
When you think of great communicators, which names come to mind first? Is it someone famous, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan or Oprah? Maybe it’s a colleague who always seems to say the rig ... read more


October 25, 2012 (Cleveland)
Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Volume Trends the Focus of Latest Key Indicators Report
The latest Key Indicators Report, which reflects data from the second quarter, focuses on several emerging trends regarding psychiatric and chemical dependency volume.  First, as seen in previous quarter ... read more


October 24, 2012 (Cleveland)
CHAMPS Oncology Contracts with Indiana University Health
This August, CHAMPS Oncology signed a new contract with Indiana University Health, located in Indianapolis, to provide consulting services to enhance the health system’s cancer registry. CHAMPS Oncol ... read more


October 22, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Sponsors Content Marketing World Health Summit
The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, is pleased to sponsor the Content Marketing World Health Summit, hosted by MEDCITYNEWS.COM on November 7th and 8th at the Cleve ... read more


October 15, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Crain's Story on Akron General Investments
On Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs' President and CEO Bill Ryan was was quoted in a Crain's article on Akron General's recent investments in doctors and wellness efforts. The ... read more


October 09, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Plain Dealer Highlights Patient Navigation Pilot
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs was was highlighted in a Plain Dealer article on a successful year-long patient navigation pilot program at MetroHealth Medical Center’s C ... read more


October 08, 2012 (Cleveland)
Wage Index Initiative Moves Forward
In an effort to maximize reimbursement for its member hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs has once again contracted with the Reimbursement Alliance (RA) Group to conduct a wage index analysis of Northeast ... read more


September 27, 2012 (Cleveland)
September Policy Snapshot Examines Importance of Health Literacy
The healthcare field is filled with complex medical terms. Beyond understanding the terminology, navigating the healthcare system can be incredibly complicated, especially for anyone with a chronic medical cond ... read more


September 25, 2012 (Cleveland)
Nursing Workforce Forecast Model Expands its Reach
Initially launched in July 2011 to Northeast Ohio hospitals, NEONI’s Nursing Workforce Forecast Model is on the verge of significant growth. Following a presentation by Lisa Anderson, vice president of me ... read more


September 20, 2012 (Cleveland)
ODMH Acts on Behavioral Health RoundTable Recommendations
Members of the Behavioral Health RoundTable, a collaborative group of behavioral health professionals spearheaded by The Center for Health Affairs, know all too well that handling behavioral health cases in the ... read more


September 17, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Highlighted in Ragan Health Reform Piece
On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, The Center for Health Affairs was was highlighted in a Ragan health reform piece featured in their health care communicator news feed. The piece featured The Center as a res ... read more


September 17, 2012 (Cleveland)
2012 NEONI Legislative Forum Features Greg Moody and Regional Healthcare Experts
Healthcare advocates and providers joined representatives from Northeast Ohio legislative offices on Sept. 14 to network and hear from experts on the current healthcare environment. Approximately 100 people att ... read more


September 14, 2012 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohioans Take Advantage of The Center’s Partnership with Ohio’s Healthcare Credit Union
The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to report that in the three months since their Ohio HealthCare Federal Credit Union Collaborative was announced, the Columbus-based credit union has added 27 members fro ... read more


September 11, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Named to 2012 NorthCoast 99 List
The Center for Health Affairs is proud to announce its recognition by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work for top talent. This prestigious award honors and recognizes the top 99 workpl ... read more


September 07, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Plain Dealer Story on Readmission Penalties for Cleveland Hospitals
On Friday, September 7, 2012, The Center's President and CEO, Bill Ryan, was quoted in a Plain Dealer piece on the topic of readmission penalties for Cleveland hospitals saying the rise in penalties, "is a warn ... read more


September 05, 2012 (Cleveland)
Crain's Cover Story Highlights the Region's Efforts to Ease the Drug Shortage
Recent media attention in Crain's Cleveland Business, which details the drug shortage and Northeast Ohio hospitals' resulting challenges, points to a growing awareness of the problem within the community. The a ... read more


August 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
Latest Issue Brief Examines Health Insurance Exchanges
The Center’s latest issue brief, entitled Health Insurance Exchanges: Building an Insurance Marketplace in the Midst of Uncertainty, takes a look at exchanges, or insurance marketplaces where individuals ... read more


August 28, 2012 (Cleveland)
HQN Heart Failure Readmission Rates in Northeast Ohio Better than State and National Averages
Thirty-day hospital readmission rates for heart failure patients are better in Northeast Ohio than they are in the U.S. and Ohio among the ten hospitals, all members of Better Health Greater Cleveland, particip ... read more


August 20, 2012 (Cleveland)
Lorain County Releases Results of Community Needs Assessment
Lorain County hospitals and community organizations now have access to a wealth of current information about their county’s health needs. On Aug. 1, Lorain County held a public event at the Lorain Co ... read more


August 15, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Speaks about Federal Healthcare Reform at The City Club of Cleveland
Did you catch The City Club of Cleveland’s August 10th panel discussion on the hot topic of federal healthcare reform? Panelists included The Center's President and CEO Bill Ryan; John Begala, executive d ... read more


August 13, 2012 (Cleveland)
NEONI Members Welcome New Staff at Summer Soirée
More than 50 NEONI members gathered in Shaker Heights on Aug. 9, at the home of NEONI member, Diane Wish, RN, MBA, president & CEO of Centers for Dialysis Care. Hors d'oeuvres were served throughout th ... read more


August 06, 2012 (Cleveland)
Conference Series Shines Spotlight on the Importance of Ohio Health Literacy
Did you know that one out of every four people in Cuyahoga County reads at or below a fifth grade level? A lack of basic literacy skills contributes to problems understanding health information, but even those ... read more


July 25, 2012 (Cleveland)
July Policy Snapshot Examines Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform
By now the dust has started to settle on the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While it can be hard to navigate the legal jargon, the S ... read more


July 24, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Takes Steps to Address Pharmaceutical Shortages in Northeast Ohio
A recent survey of The Center’s members reveals that the highly-publicized national pharmaceutical shortages are more than just theoretical and that the challenges associated with this issue are hitting c ... read more


July 19, 2012 (Cleveland)
Greg Moody to Speak at NEONI Legislative Forum in September
On September 14, 2012, hospital administrators, nursing students and other interested stakeholders will have the opportunity to learn more about today’s healthcare policy environment from Greg Moody, Dire ... read more


July 17, 2012 (Cleveland)
$1.4 Million Grant Helps Northeast Ohio Hospitals with Emergency Preparedness Preparation
The Center for Health Affairs was awarded $1.4 million in hospital emergency preparedness funding through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the divi ... read more


July 05, 2012 (Cleveland)
NEONI Presents Nursing Workforce Supply and Demand Tool at National Conference
NEONI’s Vice President Lisa Anderson, RN, MSN, BSN, and Cypress Research Group’s President Patricia J. Cirillo, Ph.D., were chosen to present NEONI’s Nursing Forecast Model, a tool developed t ... read more


July 02, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan Quoted in Plain Dealer Story on Medicaid Expansion
On Monday, July 2, 2012, The Center's President and CEO, Bill Ryan, was quoted in a Plain Dealer piece on the topic of Medicaid expansion in Ohio saying, "his members are 'supportive of anything that gets insur ... read more


June 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan's Letter to the Editor, Medicare is Basis for Medical Billing Errors, Published by The Plain Dealer
President and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, Bill Ryan, wrote a letter to the editor in response to the series on medical billing published by The Plain Dealer on Sunday, June 24, 2012. The letter, publ ... read more


June 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
June Policy Snapshot Explores Drug Shortages
We have probably all witnessed the healing properties of an antibiotic that cures a pesky infection at some point in our lives. But what happens to a patient when the medicine that has been successfully holding ... read more


June 28, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center's Bill Ryan Weighs in on WKYC's Healthcare Discussion
On Thursday, June 28, 2012, The Center's CEO, Bill Ryan, weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act on WKYC's @ The Table Segment. Click below to watch Ryan discuss the decisio ... read more


June 25, 2012 (Cleveland)
Declining Volume Not Isolated to Northeast Ohio According to Latest Key Indicators
Northeast Ohio hospitals once again experienced overall declining volume in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest Key Indicators Report, a trend, which, in the past, has largely been attributed to ... read more


June 18, 2012 (Cleveland)
Work Groups Assemble to Continue Developing Approaches to Address Community-Wide Care Transitions
A small group of nearly 40 key stakeholders across various healthcare settings came together once again to continue the momentum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiat ... read more


June 14, 2012 (Cleveland)
Nursing Leaders Discuss Pitfalls of Social Media in Healthcare
On Thursday, June 14, 2012, the NEONI Steering Committee and Greater Cleveland Organization of Nurse Executives (GCONE) hosted a presentation on The Legal Pitfalls of "Friending" Social Media in Healthcare. The ... read more


June 11, 2012 (Cleveland)
474 Northeast Ohio High School Students Shadow Local Healthcare Professionals
In 2002, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, launched a Healthcare Career Shadowing Program for high school students to learn first-hand about local healthcare career opportunities and jo ... read more


June 04, 2012 (Cleveland)
Ohio HealthCare Federal Credit Union Now Serving NEO Healthcare Workforce
The Center for Health Affairs Announces Partnership with Healthcare Credit Union Contact:    Deanna Moore, The Center for Health Affairs          &n ... read more


June 04, 2012 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio Hospitals Generate More Than 168,000 Regional Jobs
Contact:    Deanna Moore, The Center for Health Affairs                 deanna.moore@chanet.org or 216.255.36 ... read more


May 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
Latest Issue Brief Examines Increasing Emphasis on Patient Experience
Patient experience is an area of focus that has become increasingly important to hospital leaders in recent years. A growing number of studies have linked a patient’s experience not just to their overall ... read more


May 22, 2012 (Cleveland)
Hospital Nurse Preceptors Prepare to Mentor Pre-Licensure Nursing Students
The Practice-Gap Pilot Project, Mentoring the Next Generation of Nurses for Professional Practice, continues to move along. Over the next few weeks, 10 of the 20 nurse preceptors from four hospitals including M ... read more


May 15, 2012 (Cleveland)
NEONI Implements New Online Clinical Placement System
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, are proud to introduce their new online clinical placement system, ACE-Ohio. This new system, offered to the entire state of Ohio through NEONI ... read more


May 08, 2012 (Cleveland)
Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act Topic of Latest CHAMPS Blog Post
Healthcare employers that have struggled with employees who claim unemployment while not seeking work, or with PRN employees simultaneously receiving unemployment and restricting the hours they work, received s ... read more


April 26, 2012 (Cleveland)
April Policy Snapshot Analyzes Dental Care Access Challenges and Solutions
Does the thought of an upcoming trip to the dentist strike fear in your heart? While many people fear dental work, the consequences of not visiting the dentist are scarier. Almost half of Ohio adults have had o ... read more


April 24, 2012 (Cleveland)
Ashtabula and Geauga Counties Release Results of Community Needs Assessments
Ashtabula and Geauga county hospitals and community service organizations now have access to a wealth of current information about their counties’ health needs. On Wednesday, April 18, both counties ... read more


April 18, 2012 (Cleveland)
Emergency Preparedness Grant Application Submitted for Next Funding Year
Under The Center for Health Affairs’ most recent request, the region would receive $1.43 million in federal emergency preparedness funding during the upcoming year. The grant application, which was submit ... read more


April 16, 2012 (Cleveland)
Volume Trends Still Point to a Lagging Economy Says Latest Key Indicators Report
The trend of declining volume continued in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the latest Key Indicators Report, which suggests that a still-lagging economy is likely to blame. Total patient discharge ... read more


April 09, 2012 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio Hospitals See Positive Results Through HQN
The Hospital Quality Network (HQN), a nationwide project that falls under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality initiative aimed at reducing re-hospitalizations for heart f ... read more


March 29, 2012 (Cleveland)
Latest Issue Brief Evaluates Evolving Hospital Market in Northeast Ohio
There are many factors that play a role in how hospitals deliver care.  Just as in other industries, hospital leaders must understand the marketplace and adjust to its changes in order to carry out their m ... read more


March 28, 2012 (Cleveland)
Preliminary Results Announced: Wage Index on the Rise, $10 Million Regional Gain
Northeast Ohio hospitals can expect just over $10 million in additional reimbursement thanks to The Center’s Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 wage index project. For months, The Center for Health Affai ... read more


March 26, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center Launches Regional Patient Navigation Collaborative
In the eyes of a patient, especially one with a chronic or complex illness, the healthcare system can feel overwhelming. Compound the inherent complexities of the system with a variety of barriers patients can ... read more


March 20, 2012 (Cleveland)
Exit Interviews Offer Invaluable Insight for Improving Employee Engagement, Retention
Exit interviews with departing employees are often conducted in a perfunctory, haphazard manner. But, an employee’s last words can provide valuable insights into hospital culture, dysfunction and opportun ... read more


March 16, 2012 (Cleveland)
Learn How to Manage Multiple Accreditations for Your Cancer Program
The focus on patient-centered care and value-based purchasing has had an impact on cancer programs as well as the hospitals they reside in. Cancer programs across the country are increasingly realizing an oppor ... read more


March 07, 2012 (Cleveland)
ODMH Director Requests Special Meeting with the Behavioral Health RoundTable
On February 13, Ohio Department of Mental Health Director Tracy Plouck and her staff met with the Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County at The Center for Health Affairs to discuss the framework for a ... read more


March 05, 2012 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs Board Supports Issue 15: Cuyahoga County Health & Human Services Levy
The Board of Trustees for The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, has formally endorsed Issue 15, the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services levy. The levy, which a ... read more


February 27, 2012 (Cleveland)
Reimbursement Forum Apprised of Continued Wage Index Debate
Changes may be on the horizon for Medicare wage index. After years of rumblings about the numerous inconsistencies and exceptions that occur with wage index each year, the Secretary of Health and Human Ser ... read more


February 23, 2012 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio Hosts Visit by Federal Preparedness Official
In late January, Northeast Ohio hosted a visit from Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the principal adviso ... read more


February 20, 2012 (Cleveland)
StudentMAX™ Reports Provide Users with Clinical Placement Activity Data
In early March, StudentMAX™ annual reports, generated by The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative NEONI, will be distributed to hospitals and nursing education programs, summarizing for ... read more


February 16, 2012 (Cleveland)
Save the Date for Health Literacy Event
The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare are proud to be presenting sponsors for the 2012 Ohio Health Literacy Conference Series. These events are designed as a forum for relevant discussio ... read more


February 13, 2012 (Cleveland)
February Policy Snapshot Parses Out 2012 Presidential Candidates’ Health Policy Platforms
The election season is in full swing and unless you’ve joined the bears in hibernation you’ve probably caught some coverage of the Republican candidates vying for their party’s nomination. Tea ... read more


February 09, 2012 (Cleveland)
Neiding Presents to Transitions of Care Committee
On Thursday, Feb. 9, the Transitions of Care Committee (TOCC) met at MetroHealth Medical Center. The Center's Project Manager, Linda Neiding, gave a presentation on the nine month data report for Aligning Forc ... read more


February 08, 2012 (Cleveland)
Anderson Weighs in on Proposed Nursing Requirement
Vice President of Member Services for The Center for Health Affairs, Lisa Anderson, was recently quoted in an article published by The News-Herald on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. The article, “Area nurses war ... read more


January 26, 2012 (Cleveland)
January Policy Snapshot Explores Top 10 Issues Facing Hospitals
Looking for a story laced with mystery, intrigue and suspense? Look no further than this year’s highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the federal healthcare reform law. With the ... read more


January 19, 2012 (Cleveland)
New and Improved Reporting Functionality Implemented for Volume Statistics
Volume Statistics users will now have an easier time getting the information they need out of the database thanks to new functionality implemented in January.  The new reporting platform allows users to se ... read more


January 16, 2012 (Cleveland)
Academic Partners Work to Finalize Nursing Practice Gap Curriculum
Academic partners, Lorain County Community College and Ursuline College, are now finalizing the online curriculum to help address the nursing practice gap and ensure new nurses entering the workforce are prepar ... read more


January 12, 2012 (Cleveland)
Health Needs Assessments Nearly Complete for Several Counties
Three of the counties that have undertaken a health needs assessment project coordinated by The Center for Health Affairs are close to releasing their results publically.  In 2010 The Center initiated an e ... read more


January 05, 2012 (Cleveland)
Key Indicators Report Claims the Region’s Economy is to Blame for Declining Volume
Northeast Ohio’s hospitals have faced overall declining volume for several quarters in a row including the third quarter of 2011, according to The Center for Health Affairs' latest Key Indicators Report, ... read more


December 21, 2011 (Cleveland)
Wage Index Initiative Moves Forward
In an effort to maximize reimbursement for its member hospitals, The Center for Health Affairs once again contracted with the Reimbursement Alliance Group to conduct a wage index analysis of Northeast Ohio hosp ... read more


December 20, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Issue Brief Describes Health Insurance Industry Reforms
Health Insurance and our mindset surrounding it have been evolving from the moment the first policy was issued.  The Center’s latest issue brief entitled, Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act ... read more


December 14, 2011 (Cleveland)
Dr. Naylor Presents Transitional Care Model Addressing High Rates of Readmissions
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, more than 150 individuals representing various healthcare settings attended A Community-Based Approach to Improving Care Transitions & Reducing Rehospitalizations, held at Cuyahoga Com ... read more


November 28, 2011 (Cleveland)
Procedures Clarified for Ambulance Schedule II Drug Restocking
Earlier this month, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), along with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), issued guidance clarifying for hospitals the proper procedures for restocking ambulances with Sch ... read more


November 25, 2011
Bubonic Plague Exercise Tests Hospitals’ Mass Dispensing Plans
Operation Rat Pack, held in mid-September, was the latest emergency preparedness exercise for hospitals and others in the Northeast Ohio region. The scenario, an outbreak of bubonic plague affecting children an ... read more


November 23, 2011 (Cleveland)
Are You Using DATABANK? Don’t Miss Out!
DATABANK recruiting efforts are underway at The Center for Health Affairs. Though many hospitals in The Center’s membership have participated in DATABANK at no charge as a benefit of membership, restructu ... read more


November 22, 2011 (Cleveland)
Medicare Expert Speaks at Reimbursement Forum Meeting
Attendees of the November meeting of The Center for Health Affairs Reimbursement Forum heard from Medicare policy experts regarding recourse available to hospitals seeking to address errors made by the Centers ... read more


November 21, 2011 (Cleveland)
Annual Conference Speaker Stresses the Importance of Sharing Research Regionally
Mary E. Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN, the new dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve and the inaugural holder of the May L. Wykle Endowed Professorship in Nursing, presented avenues f ... read more


November 09, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Policy Snapshot Examines Policy Alternatives to the Federal Health Reform Law’s Individual Mandate Provision
Of all the provisions in the recently enacted federal healthcare reform law, none has evoked as much controversy as the law’s minimum coverage requirement, which requires most individuals to maintain mini ... read more


November 08, 2011 (Cleveland)
Healthcare Professionals Seek to Improve Transitions of Care, Reduce Avoidable Readmissions
More than 200 individuals representing various healthcare settings, including ambulatory care, acute care, home health, and long-term care, attended Transitions of Care: Improving Care Across Settings on Nov. 2 ... read more


October 26, 2011 (Cleveland)
Web Resource Tracks Health Reform Law Developments
The early 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, though it followed months of high-profile legislative discourse and activity, really could be considered only the beginning of a lengthy debate about the futur ... read more


October 26, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Policy Snapshot Explores Legal and Legislative Challenges to the Individual Mandate
Escaping the media storm surrounding the federal healthcare reform law would be difficult even for those who rarely open a newspaper, surf the Web, or turn on the radio. Intense partisan battles that were waged ... read more


October 25, 2011 (Cleveland)
Data Collection for New Volume Statistics Indicators Underway
Northeast Ohio hospital data coordinators are busy gathering the necessary information to begin reporting on new indicators that are a part of The Center for Health Affairs Volume Statistics upgrade. After ... read more


October 24, 2011 (Cleveland)
New Healthcare Shadowing Site Provides New Tools, Features & Reports for Users
The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, has recently launched its new Healthcare Career Shadowing users’ website, allowing students, schools and hospitals easier navigation and access to ... read more


October 21, 2011 (Cleveland)
NEONI Welcomes New Nursing Leaders at Fall Social
Although the weather outside was dreary, the atmosphere inside was celebratory at NEONI’s Fall Season Social, which was held Oct. 12 at the beautiful Lakewood home of Ellen and John Brzytwa. Hors d'oeuvres were ... read more


October 18, 2011 (Cleveland)
The Center Testifies Before State Workforce Development Study Committee
On behalf of the hospital membership, The Center for Health Affairs testified October 3 before the Ohio House of Representatives Workforce Development Study Committee. The committee, led by Rep. Tim Derickson ( ... read more


October 10, 2011 (Cleveland)
Northeast Ohio’s Workforce Initiative, NEONI, Launches Facebook Page
Last week The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, officially launched a Facebook presence for its workforce initiative, NEONI. The NEONI Facebook page aims to enhan ... read more


October 05, 2011 (Cleveland)
Ohio’s Action Coalition Recognized by The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a coordinated effort to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality healthcare, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilitie ... read more


September 27, 2011 (Cleveland)
HealthCare Consumerism Focus of September Issue Brief
The Center’s latest issue brief, Healthcare Consumerism and the Growing Importance of Patient Decision Making examines the healthcare consumerism movement and the many forms it has taken. Healthcare consume ... read more


September 26, 2011 (Cleveland)
Key Indicators Report Points to Trend of Diminishing Outpatient Surgery Volume
The region has been mired in troubling economic times for well over two years now and The Center’s member hospitals are feeling its effects, according to the latest Key Indicators Report, which reflects dat ... read more


September 19, 2011 (Cleveland)
The Center to Collaborate with BioEnterprise, Team NEO on Buy NEO Initiative
The Center for Health Affairs, BioEnterprise and Team NEO have entered into a unique collaboration aimed at attracting new businesses and jobs to Northeast Ohio.  The goal of this collaboration, whic ... read more


September 15, 2011 (Cleveland)
Health Information Exchange Kicking Off Efforts in Northeast Ohio
The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) is seeking to get the ball rolling on Northeast Ohio’s participation in the statewide health information exchange. Late last month, The Center for Heal ... read more


September 13, 2011 (Cleveland)
Annual Conference Focuses on Evidence-Based Practice & Research
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initia ... read more


September 07, 2011 (Cleveland)
Register Now for Transitions of Care Event
Registration is now open for Transitions of Care – Improving Care Across Settings, an event sponsored by The Center for Health Affairs and Better Health Greater Cleveland. The conference, which is intended ... read more


August 30, 2011 (Cleveland)
Crisis Communication Conference Provides Useful Resources & Tools
It has been said that it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and only seconds to destroy it. And an organization’s success – or failure – in managing a crisis can have a long-term effect on how that orga ... read more


August 30, 2011 (Cleveland)
Hospitals Test Decon Capabilities
“Poison Control reporting Daconil fungicide released on crowd during air show. Anticipate influx of public with exposure. Track patients with complaints of dermal, ocular or respiratory irritation to report ... read more


August 30, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Policy Snapshot Examines Nurse Practitioners’ Role in Primary Care
Primary care doctors are a cornerstone of the healthcare system. They are the first line of defense when we get sick, and they’re who we rely on to manage and coordinate our care when we have more complex h ... read more


August 30, 2011 (Cleveland)
StudentMAX Program Enhancements Approach Implementation
The Center for Health Affairs, and its workforce initiative NEONI, have rolled out a new fee structure for StudentMAXTM, the online program used by area hospitals and schools of nursing to manage their stud ... read more


August 30, 2011 (Cleveland)
Fall Event Features Expert on Effective Transitions of Care
The Center for Health Affairs and Better Health Greater Cleveland will sponsor Transitions of Care - Improving Care Across Settings on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cuyahoga Comm ... read more


July 28, 2011 (Cleveland)
Report to Members Available Online
The 2010 Report to the Membership  features an overview of the activities completed in 2010 by The Center on behalf of members, as well as a summary of the three-year strategic direction that is ste ... read more


July 28, 2011 (Cleveland)
$1.5M in Emergency Preparedness Funding Helps Ohio Hospitals
The Center for Health Affairs once again was awarded $1.5 million in emergency preparedness funding through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the division of the U.S. Department ... read more


July 28, 2011 (Cleveland)
Member Hospitals Come Together to Form NEONI’s Center for Nursing Practice, Education, Research & Quality
As part of The Center for Health Affairs’ three-year strategic direction, The Center and its workforce initiative, NEONI, have started the development process for NEONI’s Center for Nursing Practice ... read more


July 26, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Policy Snapshot Explores Primary Care and the Medical Home Model
Primary care is often described as the backbone of the U.S. healthcare system. With policymakers, business leaders and consumer groups all agreeing on the importance of improving healthcare quality while re ... read more


July 20, 2011 (Cleveland)
New Tool Predicts Future Supply of, Demand for Nurses in Northeast Ohio Allows Health Care Providers, Nursing Schools to Work Proactively
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Deanna Moore, The Center for Health Affairs, 216.255.3614, deanna.moore@chanet.org The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI, along with The Mt. Sina ... read more


July 06, 2011 (Cleveland)
$1.3 Million RWJF Grant to Support Northeast Ohio Work to Reduce Readmissions
On May 1, Better Health Greater Cleveland was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a third round of funding to support Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), a national initiative that has engaged 17 ... read more


July 05, 2011 (Cleveland)
NEO MMRS Conference Offers Learning Opportunity for Emergency Preparedness Professionals
Earlier this month Andrea Bishop, project manager for The Center's Emergency Preparedness initiative, spoke at a regional conference regarding the Ohio Patient Tracking System. The 2011 Northeast Ohio MMRS ... read more


June 24, 2011 (Cleveland)
Behavioral Healthcare Highlighted in June Issue Brief
The Center’s most recent issue brief, Behavioral Healthcare Checkup: Are We Where We Need to Be?, focuses on the behavioral healthcare system in Northeast Ohio.  Today it is widely accepted that behavioral ... read more


June 13, 2011 (Cleveland)
Ryan's Op-Ed, Plan for family health center is better for East Cleveland, Published in Plain Dealer
President and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, Bill Ryan, wrote an Op-Ed on the closure of Cleveland Clinic's Huron Hospital, which was published by The Plain Dealer in the Forum section on Sunday, Jun ... read more


June 09, 2011 (Cleveland)
550 High School Students Shadow Healthcare Professionals at Northeast Ohio Hospitals
The Center's workforce initiative, NEONI, has wrapped up its Healthcare Career Shadowing 2010-2011 academic year. During the school year, 550 high school students from 10 Northeast Ohio counties shadowed in ... read more


June 09, 2011 (Cleveland)
Latest Policy Snapshot Examines Regional Approach to Trauma Care
None of us likes to think about the scenarios that could cause us or a loved one to require trauma care, but if that care is needed for life-threatening injuries, we all want to be assured that the appropri ... read more


May 24, 2011 (Cleveland)
The Center for Health Affairs, the Leading Advocate for Northeast Ohio Hospitals, Launches a New Website and Identity
For more than 95 years, The Center has been synonymous with advocacy for Northeast Ohio hospitals. And to strengthen the visibility and position of the organization, The Center recently launched a new websi ... read more


May 02, 2011 (Cleveland)
Ohio Board of Regents Awards The Center Grant Funding to Facilitate Allied Health Clinical Placements
The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative, NEONI,  have been awarded a Workforce Innovations Solutions grant in the amount of $20,374.62, from the Ohio Board of Regents. This grant, running ... read more


May 02, 2011 (Cleveland)
Helping Hospitals Identify Gaps, Prioritize $1.5 Million in Emergency Preparedness Funding
The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, is winding down a successful year of emergency preparedness work and gearing up for the next year of grant funding and ongoi ... read more


April 13, 2011 (Cleveland)
Bill Ryan's Article, More than rivalry at work in Cleveland healthcare, Published by MedCity News
President and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, Bill Ryan, responded to an article published by MedCity News that highlighted the rivalry between the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Ryan's ar ... read more


April 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Emergency Preparedness Grant Application Submitted for Next Funding Year
Under The Center for Health Affairs’ most recent request, the region would receive $1.5 million in federal emergency preparedness funding during the next funding year, beginning July 1, 2011.  The grant app ... read more


April 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Nursing Leaders and Supporting Partners Recognized in Northeast Ohio
On the evening of April 28, 2011, The Center for Health Affairs workforce initiative, NEONI, celebrated nursing excellence by recognizing nursing leaders and supporting partners throughout Northeast Ohio, ... read more


March 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
March Issue Brief Focuses on Ohio's Medicaid Environment
The Center's latest issue brief, Looking for a New Direction: Ohio Medicaid at a Crossroads, takes a look at Ohio's Medicaid program in the midst of the state budget process.  Though there's no denying the ... read more


March 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Transitions of Care Collaborative Meeting Focuses on Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions in Northeast Ohio
The Center for Health Affairs and Better Health Greater Cleveland hosted a Transitions of Care collaborative meeting at the Visiting Nurses Association on March 15 as an opportunity for a network of ... read more


March 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Members Expect $8.4 Million Benefit Thanks to Wage Index Project
Preliminary results from The Center's 2011 wage index project demonstrating an expected $8.4 million increase to the region's reimbursement were officially released at a Reimbursement Forum meeting on March ... read more


February 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Regional Health Needs Assessment Project Gaining Steam
Hospitals routinely consider the healthcare needs of their communities as they are making decisions about their facilities and their service offerings. Now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ha ... read more


February 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Policy Snapshot Sheds Light on Uncompensated Care
As hospital nonprofit tax status and community benefit have been making their way into policy-oriented discussions with increased frequency, so has the related topic of uncompensated care. However, many of ... read more


January 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Meta-Leadership Summit Fosters Cross-Sector Emergency Preparedness
In March, Northeast Ohio business, government and nonprofit leaders had the opportunity to participate in a national initiative intended to promote cross-sector collaboration and community preparedness in t ... read more


January 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Health Reform Website Offers Convenient Source of Current Information
The hundreds of provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed early last year have just begun to unfold. As work in the 112th Congress gets underway, many lawmakers are vowing ... read more


January 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
January Policy Snapshot Highlights Key Healthcare Issues for Lawmakers
The start of the new year and legislative session brought many new faces to Washington's Capitol Hill and Columbus' Capitol Square. Newly elected officials and their veteran colleagues face a considerable array ... read more


January 01, 2011 (Cleveland)
Statewide DATABANK Endeavor Finalized
The Center for Health Affairs has recently finalized a new collaboration with the Ohio Hospital Association and the other regional hospitals around the state aimed at expanding The Center’s DATABANK initiat ... read more


December 01, 2010 (Cleveland)
Issue Brief Examines Healthcare Costs after Health Reform
Though every nation struggles to balance cost with access and quality, the United States seems to face a particular challenge with the cost side of the equation, spending significantly more on healthcare th ... read more


December 01, 2010 (Cleveland)
2011 Begins a New Three-Year Strategic Plan for The Center
This year marks the beginning of a new strategic plan for The Center for Health Affairs that will provide the foundation for the organization’s work through 2013. Over the summer of 2010, a committee of The ... read more


December 01, 2010 (Cleveland)
StudentMAX™ Annual Reports Provide Users with a Clinical Placement Activity Summary
StudentMAX™ annual reports, generated by The Center for Health Affairs and its workforce initiative NEONI , are distributed to each hospital and nursing education program user at the beginning of each calen ... read more


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