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April 18, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Provides Emergency Preparedness Planning for the April 8 Eclipse’s Influx of Visitors

While eyes were on the skies earlier this month for the solar eclipse that traveled through Northeast Ohio, behind the scenes, numerous organizations, including The Center for Health Affairs, had spent months p ... read more


April 11, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

Amazon Web Services Releases Case Study Featuring The Center for Health Affairs’ SDoH Innovation Hub

A case study recently published by Amazon Web Services shines a light on the work of The Center for Health Affairs’ Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Innovation Hub, including recent findings on firear ... read more


March 27, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Hospitals Provided $2.05 billion in Community Benefit in 2022

Northeast Ohio hospital community benefit rose to $2.05 billion in 2022 according to the latest analysis by The Center for Health Affairs. This is a 4.3% increase from the $1.97 billion in community benefit del ... read more


March 21, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

Accelerated and Advance Payments Available to Hospitals and Providers in Aftermath of Cyberattack on Change Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made accelerated payments available to hospitals and providers and issued guidance to those affected by the February cyberattacks on Change Health ... read more


February 21, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs & CHAMPS Named an Inclusive Workplace

The Center for Health Affairs is thrilled to announce it has once again been recognized as an Inclusive Workplace by Best Companies Group, a workplace culture and employee engagement expert, and COLOR Magazine, ... read more


February 08, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Leads Chemical Emergency Surge Tabletop Exercise

On Feb. 2, The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness team led a chemical emergency surge tabletop exercise to test area hospitals and other partner agencies in a mock chemical release that wou ... read more


February 01, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

American Organization for Nursing Leadership Releases Longitudinal Nursing Leadership Insight Study

The latest study by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) finds improvements in the emotional health and well-being of staff compared to two years prior but also identifies staff retention as ... read more


January 25, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs, Greater Cleveland Career Consortium Team Up for High School Health Career Event

The Center for Health Affairs and the Greater Cleveland Career Consortium (GCCC) have joined forces to connect area high school students to career-based learning opportunities in healthcare. Through a health ca ... read more


January 25, 2024 (Cleveland,OH)

The Center Names Tracy Wise to Lead Member and Community Programming Strategy

The Center for Health Affairs announces new leadership of its member and community programming, naming Tracy Wise as senior vice president of programs and strategy. With a tenure of nearly 14 years with the org ... read more


January 18, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

2024 Wage Index Project Generates an Estimated $16 Million for the Northeast Ohio Hospital Community

The 2024 Northeast Ohio hospital Medicare wage index project, led by The Center for Health Affairs, is bringing an estimated $16 million in additional reimbursement this year to the region’s hospitals com ... read more


January 11, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Extends Terms for Board of Directors and Makes New Appointments

The Center for Health Affairs and its subsidiaries are pleased to announce term extensions for directors and the welcoming of new leaders to its boards, including the appointments of a new chair and vice chair. ... read more


January 04, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Welcomes Two New Corporate Sponsors

The Center is pleased to welcome two new participants in our corporate sponsorship program. Imprivata and AlertGPS joined as sponsors during the fourth quarter of 2024, bringing The Center’s corporate spo ... read more


December 21, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center’s Top 5 Most Impactful Headlines of 2023

From opioid crisis news to the creation of the Social Determinants of Health Innovation Hub, the Weekly Wrap Up this year covered an expansive scope of content. Let’s look back on 2023 and reminisce about ... read more


December 14, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Welcomes New Member and Community Programming Staff

The Center for Health Affairs this month welcomed two new members of its member and community programming team. As senior director of engagement and programs, Jodi Mitchell will oversee the organization’s ... read more


December 07, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Publishes New Data Dashboards

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the regional population health data source, recently enhanced its offerings through the addition of two new data dashboards: the Healthy Aging Indicators dashboard and High School Youth ... read more


November 16, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

SDoH Innovation Hub Issues Analysis, Recommends Solutions on Behavioral Health and Gun Violence

The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Innovation Hub, formed by The Center for Health Affairs and powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), with the participation of more than 40 Greater Cleveland community orga ... read more


November 09, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center’s Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Hosts Education on Dental Health and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

The November meeting of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium featured guest speaker Frank Beck, DDS, FAAHD, MAGD, FICOI, DSCDA, who spoke about the impact on oral health resulting from vital therapy ut ... read more


October 26, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Hospitals Host Collection Sites for National Take Back Day on Oct. 28

National Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Northeast Ohio health systems are leading efforts by hosting collection sites across the region. An initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement ... read more


October 05, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

U.S. Hit by “Fourth Wave” of Opioid Crisis with Rise of Polysubstance Overdoses

Researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently published a study in the monthly journal Addiction that finds the proportion of U.S. overdose deat ... read more


September 14, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Releases Clinical Opioid Education Needs Assessment

Easing regulations, providing practical actionable information, and creating human connections are just a few of the opportunities to enhance clinician education related to treating opioid and substance use dis ... read more


September 07, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Waves of Awareness Event Unites Community on Overdose Awareness Day

On Aug. 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, Cleveland’s Public Square was host to the inaugural Waves of Awareness event, which featured day-long activities to unite communities across Northeast Ohi ... read more


August 31, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

New RSV Treatment and Updated Vaccines for Flu and COVID-19 Expected to Arrive in September

As new COVID-19 variants spread, health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced vaccine recommendations and the upcoming arrival ... read more


August 24, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Congress to Return to a Full Agenda in September

As we look toward the end of summer and the return to Washington in early September by members of Congress, we will begin one of the busiest times of the year for lawmakers on the Hill. At the top of their list ... read more


August 24, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Hosts Education About the Intersection Between Human Trafficking and Substance Use Disorders

At its August meeting, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomed representatives from The MetroHealth System to share insights on the intersection between human trafficking and substance use disord ... read more


August 17, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Bluestone Releases Community Health Needs Assessment

A community health needs assessment (CHNA) recently released by Bluestone Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital, found some improvements in mental health indicators among the youth population as well as s ... read more


August 17, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Attends Premier’s Breakthroughs 23

Last month, Amy Terry, MSC, director of member programming for The Center for Health Affairs, presented one of the continuing education sessions, “Cross Sector Partnerships to Advance Health Equity” ... read more


August 10, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Participates in NDMS Exercise and Hosts NEO Healthcare Coalition Conference

The month of June was packed with emergency preparedness work, as The Center held its annual conference for the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Coalition and participated in the two-day full-scale National Disaster M ... read more


July 26, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Welcomes New Member

Bluestone Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital, a 12-bed hospital dedicated to children’s acute mental health needs, joins the membership. The Center for Health Affairs — the leading advocat ... read more


July 20, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs’ Documentary Humanizes the Opioid Crisis, Dismantles Stigma Surrounding Addiction

Released today on The Center for Health Affairs’ YouTube channel, the documentary Igniting Compassion offers a personal look into the lives of Northeast Ohio residents impacted by the opioid crisis and po ... read more


July 13, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Welcomes Four New Organizations to its Corporate Sponsorship Program

The Center for Health Affairs is thrilled to welcome four new participants in our corporate sponsorship program. Offering an opportunity for organizations in Northeast Ohio and beyond to partner with The Center ... read more


July 06, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Appoints New Vice Chairs to Board of Directors

The Center for Health Affairs has named Jill Dietrich Mellon, JD, and Mark Malloy, MBA, as vice chairs of its Board of Directors. Mellon, executive director & CEO for Veterans Affairs Northeast Ohio Health ... read more


June 22, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

340B Program Faces Ambiguity, Further Restrictions

The 340B Drug Pricing Program is critical to many hospitals and patients across the country and has historically enjoyed bipartisan support, yet it continues to encounter hurdles by regulators and pharmaceutica ... read more


June 15, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Advocates for Hospitals at Federal Level on Consolidation and Supply Chain

The Center for Health Affairs and its subsidiary, CHAMPS Group Purchasing (GPO), advocated for hospitals at the congressional level this month as lawmakers, including some from Ohio, tackled issues related to h ... read more


June 08, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Site-Neutral Legislative Proposals Would Cost Ohio Hospitals $10.5 Billion Over 10 Years

Congress is considering several legislative proposals that would impose additional site-neutral payment reductions to services provided in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). Under these policies, the paym ... read more


May 25, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Asks NEO Lawmakers for Help on Inpatient Reimbursement

The Center for Health Affairs this week urged the Northeast Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to a letter circulating on the Hill asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servic ... read more


May 18, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

HealthComp Foundation Announces First Cycle 2023 Grant Awards

The board of directors of the HealthComp Foundation approved grants totaling $229,942 at its May 2023 meeting:  Black Lives Matter Cleveland Inc. -- $30,000 for community conversations that focus on t ... read more


May 18, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Partners with American College of Healthcare Executives Northern Ohio Chapter

The Center for Health Affairs announces a new partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Northern Ohio Chapter aimed at bringing new opportunities to the community and enhancing value ... read more


May 11, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

170+ Community Leaders Gathered for The Center for Health Affairs 2023 Annual Meeting

The Center for Health Affairs welcomed more than 170 people this week to our Annual Meeting in Cleveland. Featuring a fireside chat with hospital leaders, panel discussions on telehealth and workforce, and pres ... read more


May 11, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

May 11 End of PHE Brings Changes for Hospitals, Healthcare Providers

Yesterday’s official end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) marks a return to many pre-pandemic practices and policies, though some remain or will be extended as a result of the 2022 the Consol ... read more


May 04, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

DEA Says it Will Extend Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced this week it will extend current telehealth flexibilities around prescribing controlled substances while it works to “find a way forward to give Americans ... read more


April 27, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

National Study Projects 20% of RNs to Leave Healthcare Workforce

A study by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing published this month sheds light on the significant toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s nursing workforce. Approximately 100,000 regist ... read more


April 20, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Congress Begins Work to Authorize Funding for Emergency Preparedness Activities

Facing a Sept. 30 expiration date, this year Congress must reauthorize funding for the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), legislation last enacted in 2019 that funds regional emergency preparedn ... read more


April 13, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Hospitals Provided $1.97 Billion in Community Benefit in 2021

Northeast Ohio hospital community benefit grew to $1.97 billion in 2021 according to the latest analysis by The Center for Health Affairs. This is a 5.2% increase from 2020, when $1.87 billion in community bene ... read more


April 06, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Hospitals Continue to Experience Higher Expenses, Lower Margins, Says Kaufman Hall

The latest report from Kaufman Hall shows hospital operating margins in 2023 have improved somewhat from last year but are still a long way from pre-pandemic levels. Overall, expenses are higher this year compa ... read more


March 29, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Announces Sponsorship of the City Club, Joins Health Programming Committee

The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to support the mission of The City Club of Cleveland and its commitment to encouraging discourse and providing impactful programming by signing on as a forum sponsor in ... read more


March 29, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Welcomes Two New Corporate Sponsors

The Center is excited to welcome two new partners as participants in its corporate sponsorship program. USI and ALTIUS have joined as sponsors during the first quarter of this year, bringing The Center’s ... read more


March 23, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Releases Q1 Data Dispatch

This month, Healthy Northeast Ohio released its latest Data Dispatch, which highlights recent website updates, provides resources for grant application support, and features new regional community health report ... read more


March 23, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Appoints Officers, Names Community Leaders to Boards of Directors

Melissa Kline to Lead The Center for Health Affairs Board of Directors as Chair The Center for Health Affairs called upon leaders from Northeast Ohio hospitals and community organizations to step into new roles ... read more


March 16, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Ohio Launches New Statewide Overdose Data Dashboard

Last week, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine unveiled a new data dashboard to track and report overdose and substance use measures throughout the entire state. Designed to assist local organizations and communities to ... read more


March 16, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Convenes Community Leaders to Guide the Social Determinants of Health Innovation Hub

The SDOH Innovation Hub Advisory Council Holds Inaugural Meeting, Bringing Together Cross-Sector Participants in Transformational Work Cleveland, Ohio – More than 40 community leaders from Northeast Ohio, ... read more


March 09, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Surprise Billing Payment Determinations Resume

On Feb. 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed federal independent dispute resolution (IDR) entities to resume processing surprise billing payment determinations beginning on Feb. 2 ... read more


March 02, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Holds Quarterly Meeting

At its most recent quarterly meeting in February, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomed representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Care Alliance Health Center and St. Vince ... read more


February 23, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Launches Groundbreaking Social Determinants of Health Innovation Hub in Cleveland Powered by Amazon Web Services

The Center & AWS, a world leading cloud computing offering, will work with community leaders to address the leading factors impacting the health of local residents. What began quietly two years ago cu ... read more


February 16, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Naloxone Toolkit Released to Help Nursing Homes Address Opioid Overdoses

IPRO QIN-QIO, a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization, recently released its Nursing Home Naloxone Toolkit to assist nursing homes with the creation of policies and procedures for ... read more


February 16, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Appoints Healthcare Leaders to Boards of Directors

The Center, its membership, and in turn the greater community, will benefit from the dedication and engagement of these individuals.   The Center for Health Affairs and its affiliates welcome new leaders t ... read more


February 09, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment Released

Hospitals, public health agencies and other partner organizations in the community announce the release of the collaborative 2022 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The assessment gives C ... read more


February 08, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Statement from President & CEO Brian Lane on President Joe Biden’s State of the Union

On Tuesday evening, we as a nation had the opportunity to view President Joe Biden’s address to Congress and the country, in which he spoke about accomplishments and set an agenda for the remainder of the ... read more


January 31, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Expands Membership Eligibility, Welcomes New Member

Select Medical, a post-acute care provider, joins the membership. The Center for Health Affairs — the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals for more than 100 years — is expanding its member ... read more


January 26, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Congress Eliminates the X-Waiver, Providing Easier Access to Opioid Treatment

With the passage of the end-of-year omnibus legislation, Congress formally ended the DATA-Waiver program, commonly known as the X-waiver program. Federal officials, lawmakers and public health experts believe t ... read more


January 23, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs & CHAMPS Named an “Inclusive Workplace”

The Center is proud to announce it has been recognized as an Inclusive Workplace by Best Companies Group, a workplace culture and employee engagement expert, and COLOR Magazine, a leader in corporate inclusivit ... read more


January 19, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Releases Q4 Data Dispatch

Last month, Healthy Northeast Ohio released its latest Data Dispatch, which highlights recent webinars, website updates and helpful resources. Uncover the latest on Healthy NEO — including a loo ... read more


January 12, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

HHS Renews the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On Jan. 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for another 90 days, extending it to mid-April. This decision allows for the cont ... read more


January 05, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

AHA Advocates for Hospitals as They Continue to Face Financial Pressures

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week published a letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal as well as an advertorial in The New York Times advocating for hospitals, which are continuing to fa ... read more


December 22, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center’s Top 5 Most Popular News Stories of 2022

From policy updates to pandemic news to industry developments, the Weekly Wrap Up this year covered a broad spectrum of content. What were our five most popular stories? Let’s take a walk down memory lane ... read more


December 15, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Biden Administration Launches Opioid Tracker, Seeks to Expand Access to Opioid Treatment Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week proposed updating opioid treatment program (OTP) standards and admission criteria to expand access to treatment. The propose ... read more


December 06, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Hospitals Continue to Experience Labor, Financial Pressures

The latest report from Kaufman Hall, issued at the end of November, found that hospitals across the U.S. experienced their 10th consecutive month of negative operating margins in October. In the Midwest, hospit ... read more


December 01, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Federal, State Policy Developments Impact Patients with OUD, SUD

A federal rule announced this week would improve the exchange of patient records used in the treatment of substance use disorder and at the state level, proposed legislation would legalize fentanyl test strips. ... read more


November 29, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

2023 Medicare Wage Index Project Averts $10M loss, Results in $1.3M Gain for Northeast Ohio

The 2023 Northeast Ohio hospital Medicare wage index project, led by The Center for Health Affairs, will result in approximately $11.3 million more in reimbursement for the region’s hospitals compared to ... read more


November 17, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy NEO Regional Convening Shares Important Updates and Assessment Results

Healthy NEO recently met for their Regional Convening with the goal of assembling partners across the nine-county Healthy Northeast Ohio region to discuss regional updates and a recently completed Community Hea ... read more


November 10, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

CMS Final Payment Rules Include Outpatient and 340B Increases

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released the final rule for the 2023 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system, whi ... read more


November 03, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being

On Oct. 20, 2022, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released framework outlining the foundational role workplaces play in the health and well-being of workers.   Due in many ways to the C ... read more


October 27, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

American Hospital Association and American Medical Association Offer Support for No Surprises Act Lawsuit

Believing that patients should be kept out of any billing disputes between providers and commercial health insurance companies and that no patient should receive a surprise medical bill, the American Hospital A ... read more


October 27, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Ohio Department of Medicaid Shares Toolkit to Prepare for Medicaid Unwinding

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has released a toolkit to assist with the Medicaid unwinding that will follow the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The materials are intended to help orga ... read more


October 20, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

HHS Extends Public Health Emergency, CMS Issues FAQs on Medicaid Unwinding

Shortly following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) most recent extension of the current COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ... read more


October 13, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Releases Q3 Data Dispatch

Last month, Healthy Northeast Ohio released its latest Data Dispatch which highlights recent accomplishments, important website updates and helpful resources. Uncover the latest on Healthy NEO — including ... read more


October 06, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Welcomes Seven New Corporate Sponsors

The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to welcome a new group of partners as participants in its corporate sponsorship program. These organizations have joined as sponsors during the third quarter of this yea ... read more


September 28, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

NIDA Releases 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) this month released its strategic plan for FY 2022-2026. This strategic planning process occurs every five years for all National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies ... read more


September 22, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Hosts Workforce Roundtable

On Sept. 8, The Center for Health Affairs hosted a workforce roundtable on “The Healthcare Workforce of Tomorrow” to discuss the healthcare staff shortage facing hospitals in Northeast Ohio and acro ... read more


September 14, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

CMS Seeks Public Input on Access, Health Equity, Provider Experiences

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a request for information (RFI) seeking public input on a variety of topics, which include access to care, provider experiences, advancing healt ... read more


September 08, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Collaborates with Early Ages Healthy Stages Coalition on New Data Dashboard

This spring, Healthy Northeast Ohio worked with the Early Ages Healthy Stages Coalition to create a customized data dashboard featuring early childhood data. The latest Healthy NEO success story features this i ... read more


September 08, 2022

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Holds Quarterly Meeting to Discuss OnPoint NYC’s Safe Injection Sites

At its most recent meeting last month, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomed Pia Marcus, director of syringe access & program innovation at OnPoint NYC, to discuss the impact of the organiz ... read more


September 01, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

ADAMHS Board’s Nalox-A-Thon Aims to Increase Awareness of and Access to Naloxone

This week on Aug. 31, the state of Ohio observed Overdose Awareness Day, a time to remember and honor the many lives lost to overdose, as well as to raise awareness of the ways to prevent overdose. According to ... read more


September 01, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

New Monkeypox Case Dashboard Launched by Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) unveiled a new dashboard on Aug. 25 to keep the public up to date on the status of monkeypox cases throughout the state. Available on the ODH website, the Monkeypox Cases Ov ... read more


August 24, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Join Us for a Workforce Roundtable on Sept. 8

On Sept. 8, The Center for Health Affairs will host a workforce roundtable to discuss the current healthcare staff shortage facing hospitals in Northeast Ohio and across the entire United States healthcare syst ... read more


August 17, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Monkeypox: Updated CDC Data On Vaccines and Cases

As of August 16, there have been more than 12,600 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 in Ohio. Recognizing the potential threat posed by the ortho ... read more


August 11, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Ohio Law Will Soon Require E-Prescribing for Schedule II Drugs

Effective Sept. 23, a new law in the state of Ohio will require prescribers to issue electronic prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances, with written and oral prescriptions allowed only under certai ... read more


August 11, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Welcomes Six New Organizations to its Corporate Sponsorship Program

The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to welcome the first participants in our corporate sponsorship program. Launched earlier this year, the program offers an opportunity for organizations in Northeast Ohio ... read more


August 04, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

COVID Update: New HHS Reports Released, White House Encourages Use of COVID Treatments

Two new reports issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on long COVID and an update from a White House official on treatments are among this week’s pandemic developments. HHS Repo ... read more


July 28, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Brings Innovative Nurse Retention Solution to Hospitals

Working with Pegasus Knowledge Solutions, Inc., The Center for Health Affairs is connecting hospitals with an advanced tool designed to strengthen and support nurse retention. The Center for Health Affairs, the ... read more


July 28, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Urges U.S. House Members to Sign on to IPPS Letter to CMS

The Center for Health Affairs this week urged members of the Northeast Ohio delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to a letter circulating on the Hill aimed at improving Medicare reimburseme ... read more


July 21, 2022

The Center for Health Affairs and Dignity Health Global Education Expand Partnership to Offer Unique Educational Opportunities

Through this elevated partnership, The Center and DHGE are working together to provide specialized healthcare workforce education and development.  The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for N ... read more


July 13, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion for Supporting the Initiative’s Vision

Healthy Northeast Ohio is pleased to be recognized by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Healthy People 2030 Champio ... read more


July 12, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Expands Collaboration with Team NEO

Supply chain specialist CHAMPS Group Purchasing (GPO), business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, is pleased to announce an expansion of its partnership with Team NEO, a leading Northeast Oh ... read more


July 05, 2022 (Cleveland, OH )

ODH Shares Resources, Including Key Messages for Patients, on COVID-19 Treatments

As major vaccine manufacturers, including Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, are working on vaccines to better protect against the COVID-19 Omicron variants, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reminded providers of ... read more


June 22, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

CHAMPS GPO, COSE Announce New Partnership

Supply chain specialist CHAMPS Group Purchasing (GPO), business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), Greater Cleveland’s premier small business e ... read more


June 16, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Urges U.S. House Members to Support the SAVE Act

The Center for Health Affairs this week urged the Northeast Ohio delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on in support of a bill intended to protect healthcare workers from abuse. H.R. 7961, the ... read more


June 06, 2022

The Center for Health Affairs Unveils Online Career Center, a Resource for Job Seekers and Employers

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, today announces the launch of its Career Center, an online job board for employers and job seekers in the healthcare industry. T ... read more


June 02, 2022

The Center for Health Affairs Names New Vice Chair to Community Health Affairs Board of Directors

The Center for Health Affairs is thrilled to announce the appointment of Fredy Robles as vice chair of its Community Health Affairs Board of Directors. Comprised of hospital, academic and community leaders in N ... read more


May 26, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

A Statement from The Center for Health Affairs on Recent Tragic Events

In a matter of days, our nation has experienced a pair of tragedies in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, the latest in a series of events happening with devastating frequency in our country. We at The Cente ... read more


May 19, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Selects Research Initiative on Asthma for Collaboration to Innovation Grant

The Center for Health Affairs has selected a project aimed at improving care for patients with asthma as the recipient of its Collaboration to Innovation grant. This unique offering, in partnership with IPC Glo ... read more


May 19, 2022

May Funding Opportunity Newsletter Published

The May issue of The Center for Health Affairs’ Funding Opportunity Newsletter has been published. It includes federal, state and foundation grants in healthcare, behavioral and mental health, workforce d ... read more


May 18, 2022

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Launches Innovative Prescriber Education Tool

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Launches Innovative Prescriber Education Tool The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is taking its educational content to a new, innovative platform with the lau ... read more


May 05, 2022 (Cleveland, OH)

Cuyahoga County Diversion Center Reaches One Year, 530+ Calls

One year ago this week, the Cuyahoga County Diversion Center provided services to its first client. In the days since, it has received more than 530 calls and completed more than 260 admissions. A first-of-its ... read more


April 28, 2022

AHA Report: Hospital Expenses Up 11%, Operating Margins Down 3.8% During Pandemic

The American Hospital Association (AHA) this week released a report detailing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals, including increases in hospital expenses, patient acuity and average length of sta ... read more


April 27, 2022

April Funding Opportunity Newsletter Published

The April issue of The Center for Health Affairs’ Funding Opportunity Newsletter has been published. It includes federal, state and foundation grants in healthcare, behavioral and mental health, workforce ... read more


April 27, 2022

Opioid Consortium Submits Comments on CDC Proposed Guidelines

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium earlier this month submitted comments expressing support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) proposed revisions to guidelines on prescr ... read more


April 21, 2022

Cybersecurity Authorities in Five Countries Release Joint Advisory on Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Cybersecurity authorities in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom this week released a cybersecurity advisory warning of potential cyber threats connected with the Russian go ... read more


April 21, 2022 (Cleveland)

Success Stories Spotlight Healthy Northeast Ohio’s Use Cases

Healthy Northeast Ohio (Healthy NEO) welcomes planners, policy-makers and community stakeholders to use its site as a tool for community assessment, strategic planning, identifying best practices for improveme ... read more


April 13, 2022

New Video Highlights The Center’s 2021 Key Accomplishments

Which counties joined the Healthy Northeast Ohio population health data resource in 2021? What funding level was awarded for regional hospital emergency preparedness work? What was the regional impact of The Ce ... read more


April 13, 2022

CMS Terminates Blanket Waivers, Issues Proposed Payment Rule for Nursing Homes, Skilled Nursing

A pair of actions this month from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) add up to forthcoming changes for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. On April 7, CMS announced it will be lifti ... read more


April 07, 2022 (Cleveland)

Lane Featured on Premier Inc.'s "Three Questions with Andy Brailo" Podcast

Brian Lane, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare recently spoke with Premier Inc.’s Chief Customer Officer, Andy Brailo, for an episode of Premier’ ... read more


April 07, 2022

Mayor Bibb Keynotes Event Hosted by The Center for Health Affairs

Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb shared an inspiring vision for the city’s future at an event hosted by The Center for Health Affairs on March 24. “Cleveland can lead the next chapter of America&rsqu ... read more


March 31, 2022 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Surpasses 20,000 Member Locations Milestone as Demand for Supply Chain Services Grows

CHAMPS Group Purchasing (GPO), a business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs and provider of significant savings on products and services used by businesses every day, is pleased to announce it has surp ... read more


March 30, 2022

Northeast Ohio Hospitals Deliver $1.873 billion in Community Benefit in 2020

The Center for Health Affairs’ analysis of Northeast Ohio hospitals’ community benefit filings finds that collectively they delivered $1.873 billion in community benefit in 2020, a $79.5 million in ... read more


March 25, 2022

HealthComp Foundation Grant Awarded for Community Health Improvement

The HealthComp Foundation recently announced the latest funding awards granted in 2021, including a proactive grant to advance community health improvement and health equity in 2022. A grant of $170,000 has be ... read more


March 25, 2022

Pain Management & Opioids Intro Course Now Available

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium recently launched its free new course for prescribing clinicians, Introduction to Pain Management and Opioids, aiming to improve prescribing practices with the help ... read more


March 23, 2022

Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Make Monumental Community Health Investments to Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition

In January, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals (UH) both made individual investments to the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition, a public-private partnership formed to address and prevent the pernicious issue ... read more


February 28, 2022 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Issues Statement on Conflict in Ukraine

The Center for Health Affairs today issued the following statement on the military conflict in Ukraine: “As we begin a new week, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people after a weekend ... read more


January 27, 2022 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Welcomes New Board Members

This month, The Center for Health Affairs introduced four new members of its parent Board of Directors, which is comprised of local health leaders in Northeast Ohio. The Center for Health Affairs is ... read more


January 25, 2022 (Cleveland)

New Leaders, Chair Named to The Center for Health Affairs’ Community Health Affairs Board of Directors

The Center for Health Affairs has announced the appointment of two new members and a board chair to its Community Health Affairs Board of Directors. The Center for Health Affairs is happy to announce the appoi ... read more


December 22, 2021 (Cleveland, Ohio)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Welcomes Geauga County to its Population Health Data Platform

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online resource for regional population health data, is pleased to announce the addition of Geauga County to its website. The web-based platform’s regional footprint ... read more


December 16, 2021

Healthy Northeast Ohio Celebrates Second Anniversary, Adds Geauga County & More

Happy Anniversary, Healthy Northeast Ohio!         This month we celebrate the second anniversary of Healthy Northeast Ohio! We thank all of our partners for their continued support as ... read more


December 16, 2021

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Welcomes Dr. Joan Papp as Physician Chair

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomes a new leader effective Jan. 1, 2022, as Joan Papp, MD, FACEP, steps into the role of physician chair. Dr. Papp, director of The MetroHealth System&rsq ... read more


December 15, 2021

The Numbers on COVID-19 in Northeast Ohio

The recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 across the state and here in Northeast Ohio led to a flurry of media coverage of the stresses facing hospitals experiencing filled beds and tight workforce supply. As has ... read more


November 04, 2021

The Center Asks Members of Congress to Urge the Administration to Revise Independent Dispute Resolution Rules

The Center for Health Affairs last week reached out to the U.S. House delegation from Northeast Ohio, urging their support on an effort to modify rules on surprise medical billing.  The interim final rule ... read more


November 04, 2021

Take Advantage of The Center's Online Opioid Education Program for Ohio Nurses

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, the multi-member hospital partnership responsible for coordinating regional activities aimed at stemming Northeast Ohio’s opioid epidemic, offers a flexible ... read more


November 03, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Healthy Northeast Ohio Welcomes Ashland County, Announces Upcoming Webinars

Healthy Northeast Ohio is pleased to announce the addition of Ashland County to its web-based platform. Partners in Ashland County will be able to utilize the platform for community health improvement efforts b ... read more


November 03, 2021

The Center Unveils New Hospital Highlights Webpage

The Center for Health Affairs recently launched its Hospital Highlights webpage to help showcase the latest highlights and headlines involving Northeast Ohio hospitals. The page is updated on a monthly basis to ... read more


November 03, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

The Center's Wage Index Project to Bring Hospitals An Additional $14.3 Million in 2022

Northeast Ohio hospitals will receive an estimated $14.3 million in additional Medicare revenue in federal fiscal year 2022 as a result of The Center for Health Affairs’ Medicare wage index project. Under ... read more


November 03, 2021

ICYMI: BrightTALK Webcasts on COVID-19 Dynamic HPI, ORock Technologies’ Solutions

This fall, The Center for Health Affairs launched its “Leading Health Innovation” subseries, a collection of brief conversations within its Healthcare Leadership Series that cover the latest innovat ... read more


October 22, 2021 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Names Leaders to its Affiliate - Community Health Affairs Board of Directors

With the Leadership of this Board, The Center is Living into its Commitment to Make a Meaningful Impact in the Communities it Serves. The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of e ... read more


October 21, 2021 (Cleveland)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Welcomes Ashland County to its Regional Population Health Data Collaborative

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online resource for regional population health data, is pleased to announce the addition of Ashland County to its website. The web-based platform’s regional footprint now reach ... read more


September 28, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Statement from Brian Lane, President & CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, on the Surge of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Northeast Ohio

Below is a statement from Brian Lane, president & CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, on the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Northeast Ohio: “The latest wave o ... read more


September 14, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and Entanglement Partner to Bring Quantum-Bridging Solutions to Members, Clients

The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliates CHAMPS Group Purchasing and The Essentials Group have joined together with Entanglement Inc. to provide The Center and CHAMPS’ membership with adv ... read more


September 02, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Federal, State ‘Surprise Billing’ Regulations Effective in Early 2022

In January 2022, Ohio hospitals will have two new sets of regulations to follow regarding out-of-network billing and reimbursement: one set at the federal level and the other at the state level. Federal Rules ... read more


September 02, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Former HHS CIO, CDO Jose Arrieta Named to HealthComp, Inc. Board of Directors

Jose Arrieta, founder of IT solutions small business Imagineeer and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) chief information officer and interim chief data officer, joins the HealthComp, In ... read more


August 31, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

ICYMI: Healthy Northeast Ohio Holds First-Ever Regional Convening

The Healthy Northeast Ohio team hosted its first-ever virtual Regional Convening on Thursday, June 24. The event included opening remarks from The Center for Health Affairs’ own Lisa Anderson, and Terry A ... read more


August 31, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Healthcare Coalition Plans Emergency Preparedness Training on Key Issues

The year ahead will be filled with important training and education opportunities for members of the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Coalition, the broad group of organizations that come together to plan for and coor ... read more


August 27, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Online Opioid Education Courses Open to Ohio Nurses

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, the multi-member hospital partnership responsible for coordinating regional activities aimed at stemming Northeast Ohio’s opioid epidemic, is excited to offe ... read more


August 26, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and Dignity Health Global Education Launch Healthcare Education Partnership

The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliates CHAMPS Group Purchasing and The Essentials Group have joined with Dignity Health Global Education to provide The Center and CHAMPS’ membership wi ... read more


August 12, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Partners with AsterionDB to Offer Members a More Resilient & Secure Healthcare Network Enterprise

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, today announced a strategic partnership with AsterionDB, an innovative company that provides a zero-trust secure storage and con ... read more


August 03, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing Announces Partnership with JobsOhio

CHAMPS Group Purchasing, along with its parent organization The Center for Health Affairs, has partnered with JobsOhio to bring Ohio manufacturers to the national stage. Supply chain specialists CHAMPS Group ... read more


July 27, 2021

The Center for Health Affairs Partners with ORock Technologies to Offer IT Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, today announced a strategic partnership with ORock Technologies, a high-performance hybrid cloud service provider ... read more


July 23, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Leading the Charge for Healthcare Representation: The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare Join the Business Continuity Coalition

As part of an organization-wide effort to support the overall health of the communities it serves, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare have signed on in support of the Business Continuity Coalit ... read more


July 22, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Welcomes Christine Dodd as Executive Director of Member Programming

The Center for Health Affairs is happy to announce Christine Dodd has joined the organization as executive director of member programming. In her role, Dodd will be responsible for growing The Center&rsqu ... read more


July 22, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Launches COVID-19 Data Visualization Framework

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, announces the launch of the COVID-19 Dynamic HPI, a publicly available web application that allows for the monitoring and analys ... read more


July 09, 2021

The Center for Health Affairs Collaborating with Cleveland-Based Lazurite to Revolutionize the Operating Room with Smart Surgical Tools

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, and its business affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare, today announced its collaboration with Cleveland-based medical device startup comp ... read more


July 01, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare Again Recognized for Top Workplaces, Best Employers in Ohio

This week, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare were awarded their third Cleveland Plain Dealer Top Workplaces honor and second consecutive Crain’s Cleveland Business and Best Companies Gro ... read more


June 30, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

New HEALing Communities Study Resources Coming in July, Naloxone Awareness Materials Available

Through the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, The Center for Health Affairs in April signed on to join the HEALing Communities Study’s (HCS) Ohio opioid education campaign, a federally funded ini ... read more


June 30, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Opioid Consortium Updates: Harm Reduction Supplies Distribution, Opioid Management Toolkit & More

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium advanced objectives related to harm reduction and education this spring through several initiatives, including the distribution of supplies donated by Buckeye Healt ... read more


June 29, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Receives Hospital Preparedness Program Grant for Fiscal Year 2022

The Center for Health Affairs was awarded $796,993 in federal funding to support ongoing healthcare emergency preparedness work for the 2021-2022 grant year, which begins July 1. Funding comes through the Hospi ... read more


June 29, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio News: Vaccine Ambassador Resources, Regional Convening & More

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online repository that provides hospitals and other key stakeholders with data to support regional and community health improvement activities, this month launched its Vaccine Ambass ... read more


June 29, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

HHS Revises PRF Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in June an extension of the deadline by which hospitals and other providers that received COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund money after June 30, 2020 ... read more


June 29, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

RWJF-Funded Cuyahoga County Initiative Advances Work to Eliminate Structural Racism

A collaborative initiative led by Case Western Reserve University and funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has begun the complex work of addressing systemic racism in Cuyahoga County. The ultimate ... read more


June 17, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Naylor Association Solutions, The Center for Health Affairs Enter Ongoing Strategic Discussions on Collaboration, Growth

Naylor Association Solutions and The Center for Health Affairs announce they have entered into strategic discussions aimed at developing new growth opportunities for both organizations.  Naylor, based in ... read more


June 01, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Celebrates National Nurses Month

The Center for Health Affairs throughout the month of May joined the online efforts of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Hospital Association’s American Organization for Nursing Leade ... read more


June 01, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

The Center for Health Affairs Partners with Association Analytics to Help Organizations Make Decisions with Confidence

The Center for Health Affairs, the 105-year-old advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, today announced a strategic partnership with Association Analytics, a leading provider of business intelligence and analyt ... read more


May 21, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2021

The Center for Health Affairs, the 105-year-old organization dedicated to convening and advocating for Northeast Ohio hospitals, along with its affiliate CHAMPS Healthcare, has been selected by Modern Healthcar ... read more


May 10, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Essentials Group Offers Compliance, Data and Security Solutions

Security and compliance are an absolute must, especially as the heightened threat of ransomware and other cyber risks have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These hazards, compounded with necessary HI ... read more


May 10, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Hosts March Supply Chain Forum

In late March, The Center for Health Affairs virtually convened – for the second time ever – its recently formed Supply Chain Forum to address topics surrounding manufacturing, sourcing, partnership ... read more


May 06, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Ohio Department of Medicaid Announces Ohio Hospital Franchise Fee Assessments

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) has published the enhanced Ohio hospital franchise fee assessment for state fiscal year 2021, which runs from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Of the additional $194 mi ... read more


May 06, 2021 (Cleveland, OH )

Infection Control Experts Share Learnings from Pandemic Response

When infection control experts at healthcare facilities in Northeast Ohio were asked about lessons learned from those first whirlwind months of pandemic response, an overwhelming theme that emerged was the need ... read more


April 22, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Joins HEALing Communities Study’s Opioid Education Campaign

The Center for Health Affairs, through the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, is proud to join 33 other communities across Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky and Ohio in promoting an opioid education cam ... read more


April 21, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

A Statement From The Center for Health Affairs on Derek Chauvin Verdict

Yesterday's guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin brings accountability for the murder of George Floyd and delivers a sense of relief for our community and nation. In this moment, our thoughts are with the famil ... read more


March 31, 2021

CHAMPS Oncology, A Business Affiliate Of The Center For Health Affairs, Joins Q-Centrix®

The transaction marks a collective decision to optimize CHAMPS Oncology’s registry reach and provide essential data to those who need it most. The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for No ... read more


March 25, 2021

The Center Advocates Against Medicare Reimbursement Cuts to Hospitals

The Center for Health Affairs lent its voice to efforts this month to protect hospitals from looming Medicare reimbursement cuts. In letters to the Northeast Ohio congressional delegation, The Center requested ... read more


March 25, 2021

The Center for Health Affairs Names Leaders to Boards of Directors

Nine Hospital, Health Care Leaders to Join the Boards of The Center for Health Affairs and its Affiliates, HealthComp, Inc. and Community Health Affairs The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce the ... read more


March 23, 2021

The Center for Health Affairs Statement on Hate Crimes Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

There has been a horrific surge in violence and hate-crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the past year. According to data released by the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, there ... read more


March 19, 2021

Hospitals, Regional Partners Test Emergency Response Plans for Burn Patients in Tabletop Exercise

On Feb. 10, 52 people representing 21 organizations in Northeast Ohio gathered virtually to test their emergency response plans for a mass casualty event resulting in a large number of burn victims. Participant ... read more


March 19, 2021

Healthy Northeast Ohio Website Adds New Resources on COVID-19, Food Insecurity and More

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online resource for population health data, has expanded its offerings with several new resources, including COVID-19 vaccination information, a new index related to food insecurity, ... read more


March 18, 2021

Hospital Franchise Fee Assessment Deadlines Pushed Back

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has announced new deadlines for hospitals to submit their state fiscal year 2021 franchise fee assessments. The four originally scheduled payment deadlines have been replaced wit ... read more


February 11, 2021

Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity Makes Recommendations Addressing Structural Racism

The Cuyahoga County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity (CACE) has released its first status report to the community, a preliminary update on the progress and activity of the council since August 2020. T ... read more


February 11, 2021

Combination Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Authorized for COVID-19

The combination treatment of bamlanivimab and etesevimab received emergency use authorization (EUA) for mild-to-moderate COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday. The EUA is indicated ... read more


February 11, 2021

Northeast Ohio Hospital Community Benefit Increased 10.6% in 2019

Northeast Ohio hospitals provided nearly $1.8 billion in community benefit in 2019, up 10.6% from the prior year, according to The Center for Health Affairs’ recent analysis of hospital Internal Revenue S ... read more


February 11, 2021

Upcoming Event: The Impact of the Pandemic on Community Organizations

Tune in Thursday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. when The Center for Health Affairs’ own Director of Community Health, Patricia Terstenyak, hosts a panel discussion featuring community partners who are leading their ... read more


February 11, 2021

ODH Seeks Volunteers to Help with COVID-19 Vaccinations

As the state engages in a full-court press to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, Ohio Director of Health Stephanie McCloud is encouraging Ohioans to volunteer to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations in their com ... read more


February 11, 2021

Healthy Northeast Ohio Welcomes Lake and Summit Counties

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online resource for regional population health data, announces new partnerships with Lake and Summit counties. These additions expand the reach of Healthy Northeast Ohio to seven cou ... read more


February 11, 2021

OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss Speaks to Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss joined the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium for its quarterly meeting this month to discuss and answer questions about OhioMH ... read more


February 11, 2021

Pandemic-Response Updates: CMS Surveys, V-Safe App, Mask Decon & More

While the current focus of pandemic-response efforts is on vaccine distribution, there are several additional developments pertinent to hospitals. CMS Surveys The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on ... read more


February 11, 2021

The Center Supports NEOCH Pay-to-Stay Proposal

The Center for Health Affairs has signed on in support of a proposal by the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) aimed at helping renters avoid eviction. Called “pay to stay,” the polic ... read more


February 04, 2021 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Announces Strategic Partnership with HealthDay

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio Hospitals, today announced a partnership with HealthDay, the world’s largest health news service and leading creator o ... read more


January 11, 2021 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Announces New Organizational Alignment to Support Growth

The Center for Health Affairs, together with its business affiliates CHAMPS Group Purchasing, CHAMPS Oncology and The Essentials Group, today announced a new organizational alignment plan, including several key ... read more


December 17, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Northeast Ohio

The much-anticipated approval of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a flurry of activity in Ohio and across the country as plans went into action to beg ... read more


December 17, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Three-Part Hospital Community Benefit Webinar Series Launches in January

The Center for Health Affairs is hosting a three-part webinar series launching Jan. 27 on hospital community benefit. The purpose of the series is to explain the nuances of community benefit and allow member ho ... read more


December 17, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center, Cuyahoga County Launch Mask Up Campaign

The holiday season – a time when people traditionally gather together with family and friends – is arriving at a critical time during this pandemic, as COVID-19 cases numbers are at a high. To encou ... read more


December 17, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Opioid Consortium Featured in Public Health Institute’s National Opioid Leadership Summit

On Dec. 8 and 9 the Public Health Institute, along with host partner University Hospitals, held the National Opioid Leadership Summit, a two-day virtual event designed to support learning and collaboration on s ... read more


December 17, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center Requests Help for Hospitals from Northeast Ohio Congressional Delegation

While 2020 has been a year unlike any other, what remains the same is the flurry of activity that typically takes place in Congress in December as the House and Senate finish their work for the year. This year, ... read more


November 13, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Partners with National Enrollment Services to Provide Access to Expanded Employee Benefits

The Center for Health Affairs, the 104-year-old advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, today announced a partnership with National Enrollment Services (NES), a leading provider of Government Tax Credit and Volu ... read more


September 30, 2020

The Center Receives Over $207,000 in Year 2 Funding Under CDC Overdose Data to Action Grant

The Center for Health Affairs was awarded $207,076 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the second year of activities associated with the CDC Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) grant p ... read more


September 30, 2020

Patricia Terstenyak Named Director of Community Health at The Center

The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce that Patricia Terstenyak, MPH, has been named director of community health. Terstenyak joined The Center’s staff in April 2019 as community health imp ... read more


September 30, 2020

Northeast Ohio Hospitals, Partners Busy with Emergency Preparedness and Response Work

While COVID-19 has been a focal point of emergency preparedness and response work over the last six months, it isn’t the only thing keeping The Center and its partners busy. Just this month, hospitals and ... read more


September 30, 2020

Brian Lane Moderates Case School of Medicine Forum on Hospital, Public Health Collaboration

In preparation for this week’s presidential debate in Cleveland, the Case School of Medicine hosted a series of virtual forums featuring leaders in the healthcare field covering pressing issues affecting ... read more


September 29, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

BrightTALK Partners with The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare to Launch Global Healthcare Initiative

BrightTALK, the virtual event platform that brings professionals and businesses together to learn and grow, in partnership with The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS, is launching the COVID-19 Leadership Ser ... read more


September 29, 2020

The Center’s Wage Index Project to Bring Hospitals Millions in Additional Medicare Revenue in 2021

Northeast Ohio hospitals will receive an estimated $9.63 million in additional Medicare revenue in federal fiscal year 2021 as a result of The Center for Health Affairs’ Medicare wage index project. Under ... read more


September 29, 2020

Healthy Northeast Ohio Data Website Enhanced With New Health Indicators, User Guide

Healthy Northeast Ohio, the online resource for population health data across five counties in the region, has been updated to include 21 new health indicators drawn from the 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Heal ... read more


September 28, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Partners with Cloud 9 Online to Offer Members and Clients Medical-Grade Meditation and Mindfulness App

The Center for Health Affairs today announced a new partnership with Cloud 9 Online, a premier digital wellness company. The partnership provides members and clients of The Center, CHAMPS GPO and CHAMPS Oncolog ... read more


August 30, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Brian Lane Featured in Cleveland.com 2020 Census Op-Ed

Brian Lane, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, contributed to a Cleveland.com op-ed discussing the importance of an accurate complete count of Northeast Ohio in the 2020 Census. Read the full a ... read more


August 11, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Opioid Consortium Welcomes Admiral Brett Giroir to Virtual Meeting

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium was joined virtually last week by Admiral Brett Giroir at its quarterly membership meeting. Adm. Giroir is assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of ... read more


August 11, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Website Featured in Webinar Series

Did you know…? In 2018, 23.8% of children in Ashtabula County were living in households experiencing food insecurity and 30.5% lived below the federal poverty level, compared to 13.7% and 8.9% in Me ... read more


August 10, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Opioid Consortium, Members Contribute to AHA Stem the Tide Publication

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, including two of its member organizations, had the opportunity to participate in the development of a publication released this summer by the American Hospital As ... read more


August 10, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Awarded Fiscal Year 2021 Hospital Preparedness Program Funding

Northeast Ohio will receive $796,993 in Hospital Preparedness Program funding in state fiscal year 2021, according to the notice of award recently issued by the Ohio Department of Health. The funding is the re ... read more


August 06, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

CHAMPS GPO Collaborates with Procurement Partners to Launch SAAS Procure-To-Pay Platform

CHAMPS Group Purchasing (GPO) today announced a new partnership with Procurement Partners, a leading provider of procure-to-pay (P2P) solutions. The collaboration includes development of a new CHAMPS GPO P2P pl ... read more


July 23, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

A Message to the Northeast Ohio Community Regarding COVID-19

Dear Northeast Ohio, As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Northeast Ohio we feel it is important to reach out together to stress the seriousness of this public health crisis. While our teams st ... read more


June 30, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Named a 2020 Best Employer in Ohio

The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare, a 104-year-old Northeastern Ohio hospital association dedicated to convening and advocating for its member hospitals (including Ashtabula County Medical Cent ... read more


June 11, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Essentials Group Offers COVID-19 Solutions

The Center for Health Affairs’ new business line, The Essentials Group, has worked to identify and compile a list of trusted companies to help hospitals navigate COVID-19 challenges. In partnership with o ... read more


June 11, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Hospitals, Nursing Homes Connect in Next Phase of COVID-19 Response

Collaboration among hospitals, public health and other community partners has been a key factor in the successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Northeast Ohio. As the state moves to the next phase of man ... read more


June 10, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Partner with Salary.com to Deliver Healthcare industry Compensation Intelligence to Members and Clients

The Center for Health Affairs today announced a new partnership with Salary.com, the leading enterprise resource for compensation data, software, consulting and education. This partnership will support members ... read more


June 09, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Multiple Strategies to Eliminate Structural Racism Underway

The Center for Health Affairs is committed to taking concrete action steps to eliminate structural racism, a health priority identified by the community and HIP-Cuyahoga, and amplified in the recently released ... read more


June 09, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

VA Shares Telehealth Experience Under COVID-19

The VA Northeast Healthcare System is not alone in the dramatic increase it saw in the use of telehealth services under COVID-19. Many hospitals experienced the same shift from in-person to telehealth-based car ... read more


June 03, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

A Statement from The Center for Health Affairs on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The outrage sparked by the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man, by law enforcement has led to widespread unrest across the nation. His lost life and the promise it held, now joins a long list of unconsc ... read more


May 26, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs and ecfirst Partner to Help Hospitals Navigate COVID-19 Cybersecurity, Compliance Risk

The Center for Health Affairs today announced a new partnership with ecfirst, a regulatory compliance security training provider. This partnership will help Northeast Ohio hospitals navigate increased cybersecu ... read more


May 20, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Community Benefit Reaches $1.6 Billion

Northeast Ohio hospitals provided $1.6 billion in community benefit in 2018, according to an analysis of their most recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filings. Community benefits are programs and activ ... read more


May 18, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

AHA Estimates Hospital COVID-19 Financial Losses at $202.6 Billion

Hospitals and health systems nationwide are set to lose $202.6 billion between March 1 and June 30 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Hospita ... read more


May 07, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

CARES Act Calls for 42 CFR Part 2 Revision Impacting SUD Treatment, Care Coordination

The CARES Act, the coronavirus relief package enacted March 27, included a provision long advocated for by provider groups, including the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium: a modification to a federal r ... read more


May 07, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

FEMA Public Assistance Program Can Reimburse Certain Hospital COVID-19 Costs

Hospitals may be eligible for reimbursement of some of their costs associated with COVID-19 under the FEMA Public Assistance Program. This program under the Federal Emergency Management Agency is open to govern ... read more


May 07, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

Healthy Northeast Ohio Webinar Series Demonstrates How to Leverage Population Health Data

Is information about Northeast Ohio population health useful to your work? Would you like access to regional, county and local data and the ability to create custom reports and dashboards? You’re invited ... read more


May 05, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

COVID-19 Hospital Reimbursement Update

There has been considerable activity at both the state and federal levels regarding relief funding and other reimbursement-related policy changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Following is an overvie ... read more


May 01, 2020 (Cleveland, OH)

A Statement from The Center for Health Affairs on the Resumption of Services at Hospitals

On Monday, April 27, Governor Mike DeWine announced as part of the state’s phased reopening that hospitals, which have suspended non-essential procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be permitted to ... read more


April 20, 2020 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs and Ascend Innovations Announce Strategic Partnership

Today The Essentials Group, a business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, and Ascend Innovations announced a newly formed business partnership designed for strategic collaboration, innovation and deliv ... read more


April 01, 2020 (Cleveland)

Coordinated COVID-19 Advocacy Efforts Succeed in Securing Funding for Hospitals

The federal economic stimulus package that passed Congress and was signed into law last week, dubbed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, included substantial relief for hospitals. T ... read more


April 01, 2020 (Cleveland)

HealthComp Foundation Joins Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

The HealthComp Foundation has joined the many organizations, families and individuals who have contributed to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. The intent of the Fund is to coordinate the dist ... read more


April 01, 2020 (Cleveland)

The Center Helping to Coordinate Healthcare Provider 2020 Census Efforts

At the request of its membership, The Center for Health Affairs has been helping to coordinate healthcare provider 2020 Census efforts. In collaboration with United Way of Greater Cleveland and representatives ... read more


April 01, 2020 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Launches Healthcare Support Staff Education

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is excited to announce the launch of a new online healthcare support staff education opportunity designed to provide an increased understanding of opioid use disord ... read more


March 04, 2020 (Cleveland)

$5,000 Donation to Support The Literacy Cooperative Highlights Commitment to Community: Gift Enables 2,500 Books to be Mailed to Children This Year

The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare announced an exciting $5,000 donation to support The Literacy Cooperative’s program management and expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Librar ... read more


March 03, 2020 (Cleveland)

Coronavirus Preparedness Activities Underway in Northeast Ohio

The Center for Health Affairs is working closely with hospitals and public health officials on coronavirus preparedness as the situation continues to evolve rapidly. The Center’s emergency preparedness di ... read more


March 03, 2020 (Cleveland)

The Center Welcomes Endrit Meta as Director of Volume Statistics

The Center for Health Affairs’ Volume Statistics program has welcomed new leadership. Endrit Meta joined the organization in January as director of Volume Statistics. Volume Statistics is The Center for H ... read more


February 28, 2020 (Cleveland)

The Center Engages in Hospital Advocacy Work on Surprise Billing, Medicaid

It has been a busy time for federal policymakers and in recent weeks The Center for Health Affairs has been engaging in hospital advocacy work on behalf of members on two key issues: surprise medical billing an ... read more


February 10, 2020 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Establishes New Business Line, The Essentials Group

The Center for Health Affairs announced today the official launch of The Essentials Group, a new business line developed by the more than 100-year-old hospital association. The Essentials Group is designed to b ... read more


January 29, 2020 (Cleveland)

AHA Advancing Health Podcast Profiles Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and King County, Washington, Collaborative Assessment and Improvement Planning Efforts

The value of community collaboration as experienced through collaborative assessment and improvement planning in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and King County, Washington was highlighted in this AHA Advancing Health po ... read more


January 28, 2020 (Cleveland)

Cuyahoga County Partners Release Infographic Illustrating the CHNA Process

For those not directly involved, the process for assessing a community’s health needs and identifying priorities can appear esoteric. To help illustrate what went on behind the scenes of the 2019 Cuyahoga ... read more


January 28, 2020 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospitals, Public Health Maintain Vigilance on Coronavirus

Hospitals and public health organizations in Northeast Ohio are remaining vigilant as cases of coronavirus are emerging in the U.S. At press time, five cases of the illness have been diagnosed in four states, a ... read more


January 27, 2020 (Cleveland)

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Receives Grant to Establish Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence. As one of only two ... read more


January 24, 2020 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Welcomes Dr. David Streem as Physician Chair

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomes new leadership this month as David Streem, MD, steps into the role of physician chair. Dr. Streem, medical director of alcohol and drug recovery at Clevela ... read more


January 23, 2020 (Cleveland)

New Medicare Conditions of Participation Affecting Emergency Preparedness Activities Are Finalized

In a final rule announced last fall that became effective in late 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP), including some ... read more


December 20, 2019 (Cleveland)

HealthComp Foundation Announces Grants to Organizations Advancing Health Equity

The HealthComp Foundation announces grants totaling $207,000 are being awarded to eight nonprofit organizations working to advance health equity for Northeast Ohioans. Organizations and projects selected for fu ... read more


December 17, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Asks Congressional Delegation to Refrain from Passing New Bicameral Surprise Billing Legislation

The Center for Health Affairs last week asked the Northeast Ohio congressional delegation to refrain from moving forward with the recently announced bicameral surprise billing legislation. On Dec. 8, U.S. Senat ... read more


December 05, 2019 (Cleveland)

Cuyahoga County Board of Health and The Center for Health Affairs Launch Healthy Northeast Ohio Website

Cuyahoga County Board of Health and The Center for Health Affairs, in collaboration with regional hospital and public health partners, announce the launch of Healthy Northeast Ohio, a new website designed to pr ... read more


December 02, 2019 (Cleveland)

Hospitals Learn from Experts on Disaster Response at Statewide Healthcare Preparedness Conference

Some disasters are anticipated while others come without warning. At the Statewide Healthcare Preparedness Conference held this fall, Northeast Ohio hospital attendees had the opportunity to learn from healthca ... read more


November 21, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Launches Online Opioid Education Program for Nurses

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium announces the launch of an opioid education program designed to support hospital nurses caring for patients with opioid use disorder. The coursework, available thro ... read more


October 22, 2019 (Cleveland)

Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment Released

Findings Point to Key Issues of Structural Racism, Social Determinants of Health The 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment, released today by hospitals, public health and other partner organiza ... read more


October 11, 2019 (Cleveland)

A Statement from The Center for Health Affairs on HHS Proposed Rules on Stark, Anti-kickback Laws

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a set of proposed rules aimed at modernizing both the Stark law on physician self-referral and anti-kickback statute. Through these proposed ... read more


September 24, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Submits Comments Requesting Changes to the CY 2020 OPPS Proposed Rule

The Center for Health Affairs submitted comments this week advocating for changes to the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule. The 2020 OPPS rule ... read more


September 22, 2019 (Cleveland)

Crain's Source Lunch Piece Features Brian Lane

On Sunday, Sept. 22, a Crain's Source Lunch piece was published featuring The Center for Health Affairs' President & CEO Brian Lane. In the piece, Lane responds to seven questions posed by Crain's Cleveland ... read more


September 20, 2019 (Cleveland)

Brian Lane Meets with the Offices of U.S. Senators Brown, Portman on Critical Health Policy Issues

As part of a trip to Washington, D.C., for the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board meeting, The Center for Health Affairs President and CEO Brian Lane met with the offices of U.S. Senato ... read more


September 17, 2019 (Cleveland)

Craciun Participates on Panel at Cleveland Clinic’s First Populations Health Symposium

Kirstin Craciun, director of community outreach, participated on a Sept. 17, 2019 panel at Cleveland Clinic’s first Populations Health Symposium with: Merle Gordon, director of the Cleveland Departme ... read more


September 06, 2019 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Receives Funding through CDC Grant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $13.3 million over three years to a collaborative of organizations in the region, led by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) and including the ... read more


September 05, 2019 (Cleveland)

Zalar Shares Naloxone Toolkit on The Sound of Ideas

On Thursday, Sept. 5, Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Director of Education and Initiatives Camille Zalar, MHA, BSN, RN, CARN participated in a discussion with two Opioid Consortium partners ... read more


September 04, 2019 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Launches Online Naloxone Toolkit

Seeking to increase access to the life-saving intervention naloxone, this week the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is launching its online Naloxone Toolkit. A collection of resources freely available ... read more


September 04, 2019 (Cleveland)

HHS Secretary Azar and Key Federal Government Officials meet with The Center’s Leadership to Discuss Opioid Epidemic

 On Sept. 4, Brian Lane, president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, and Lisa Anderson, senior vice president, joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in Washington, ... read more


August 30, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Hospitals Working to Increase MAT Utilization

The opioid crisis has stretched the resources of a system that is working to care for a dramatically larger number of patients who are suffering from opioid use disorder. To address this, hospital members of th ... read more


August 26, 2019 (Cleveland)

Community Meetings Help Inform 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment Priorities

To help inform the final selection of health priorities for the 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment, HIP-Cuyahoga held three community meetings on July 31 and August 6. Two meetings were held ... read more


August 19, 2019 (Cleveland)

Medicare Wage Index Project Brings Millions in Additional Reimbursement to Hospitals

The final rules are out, and Cleveland-area hospitals are expected to benefit from this year’s Medicare wage index project to the tune of $7.7 million. Based on historical data, this is a conservative est ... read more


August 15, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Leverages Research Analysis to Develop Strategies for Expanding Access to MAT

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium executive committee has approved a set of recommendations aimed at expanding access to MAT, medication-assisted treatment. The recommendations are based on the find ... read more


July 22, 2019 (Cleveland)

Hospitals and Partners Test Emergency Response Plans to Prepare for the All-Star Game

Once again, eyes across the country were on Cleveland – this time as it hosted the All-Star Game earlier this month – and the region’s hospitals were among the many organizations and public en ... read more


July 15, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Welcomes New Manager of Member Communications

The Center for Health Affairs this month welcomed Jenny Oliver as manager of member communications. A senior marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in strategy development, Oliver b ... read more


July 08, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Chair Discusses Reducing OUD-Related Stigma at Public Health Institute Summit

At the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Summit, Randy Jernejcic, MD, vice president of clinical integration at University Hospitals and physician chair of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid C ... read more


July 01, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Advocates for Northeast Ohio Hospitals During Hill Visits

The Center for Health Affairs highlighted key policy priorities during Hill visits with members of the Northeast Ohio congressional delegation in late June. As part of meetings with the offices of Reps. Marcia ... read more


June 26, 2019 (Cleveland)

Heidi Gullett Working to Help Northeast Ohioans Reach Their Fullest Health Potential

Dr. Heidi Gullett wears a lot of hats. She holds academic credentials in public health and medicine; she is a practicing physician in family and preventive medicine at Neighborhood Family Practice; she teaches ... read more


June 25, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center is Planning Enhancements for its Volume Statistics Data Program

The Center for Health Affairs’ Volume Statistics data program is gearing up for exciting new developments. The program, which has been in existence for many years and operating continuously since 2002, pr ... read more


June 20, 2019 (Cleveland)

Community Health Worker Training Held as CHWs Prepare to Survey Residents in Targeted Communities

To bolster efforts to gather important information about the health of individuals living in selected Cuyahoga County communities, HIP-Cuyahoga held a community health worker (CHW) training on June 20, 2019. Th ... read more


June 17, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Urges Congressional Delegation to Support H.R. 2552

The Center for Health Affairs this month asked members of Congress representing Northeast Ohio to support legislation intended to restore funding to certain off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs). H ... read more


June 07, 2019 (Cleveland)

Congress Reauthorizes Funding for Emergency Preparedness Work

The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the initiative through which the federal government funds regional emergency preparedness work by health systems across the country, was reauthorized for continued fundi ... read more


June 07, 2019 (Cleveland)

Anderson Weighs in on Medical Consumer Protection Act

On Friday, June 7, 2019, The Center for Health Affairs' Senior Vice President Lisa Anderson was interviewed for an ideastream® piece on the proposed "Medical Consumer Protection Act" which would give Ohio e ... read more


June 06, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Congratulates Board Director Susan Fuehrer on New Role

The Center for Health Affairs congratulates its board director, Susan Fuehrer, on being named the new president of social determinants of health and health equity at MetroHealth, one of The Center's Northeast O ... read more


June 01, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Congratulates Former Board Member Cheryl O'Malley on New Role

The Center for Health Affairs congratulates its former board director, Cheryl O'Malley, DNP, MSN, BSN, BA, NEA-BC, on being named the new chief transformation officer / vice president of population health at So ... read more


May 31, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Urges Members of Congress to Delay Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Funding Cuts

A substantial collaborative effort is underway to enact a two-year delay of the funding cuts set to kick in this fall under the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) program. In early May, The Center f ... read more


May 29, 2019 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Meets with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams

On May 29, The Center for Health Affairs hosted U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams at a meeting of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium. Dr. Adams, who had a full itinerary during his Cleveland visi ... read more


May 27, 2019 (Cleveland)

Social Service Sector Focus Group Helps Inform 2019 Assessment

To help inform the 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Needs Assessment, a social service sector focus group was held on May 24, 2019. Led by a MetroHealth facilitator, this focus group brought together leade ... read more


May 24, 2019 (Cleveland)

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Fund Emergency Preparedness Activities

Progress is underway on federal legislation to authorize continued funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Grant dollars awarded under the HPP support emergency preparedness activities led by The C ... read more


May 20, 2019 (Cleveland)

Lane Named to Crain's People on the Move List

On Monday, May 20, The Center for Health Affairs' newly announced President and CEO Brian Lane, was named to Crain's People on the Move list in Cleveland: The Center for Health Affairs and its business affiliat ... read more


May 15, 2019 (Cleveland)

May Brings a Change in Leadership at The Center

The month of May brought a change in leadership at The Center for Health Affairs, as Phil Mazanec handed the torch to Brian Lane. Brian’s first day at the organization was May 15, and May 31 will mark Phi ... read more


May 06, 2019 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS Oncology Appoints New Vice President

CHAMPS Oncology, a business affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs, proudly appoints Karen Schmidt, CTR, as vice president, effective May 6, 2019. Schmidt will succeed Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, following Hare&r ... read more


May 01, 2019 (Cleveland)

New Team Members Support The Center’s Emergency Preparedness and Community Health Work

This spring, The Center for Health Affairs welcomed two new grant-supported staff members to the team to support the organization’s emergency preparedness and community health work. On April 29, Tracy Pat ... read more


May 01, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Announces New President and CEO

The Center for Health Affairs’ Board of Directors has named Brian Lane as its new president and CEO, effective May 15. Lane will succeed Phil Mazanec, who has served the organization for nearly 40 years, ... read more


April 30, 2019 (Cleveland)

2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Implementation Strategy Completed

Efforts to create stronger links between clinical medicine and public health continue to gain momentum in Cuyahoga County with the release of the 2019 Cuyahoga County Community Health Implementation Strategy, w ... read more


April 30, 2019 (Cleveland)

New Office-Based Opioid Treatment Rules Take Effect in Ohio

A set of new office-based opioid treatment rules is taking effect April 30 in the state of Ohio. The rules stem from state budget legislation passed in 2017, which included provisions related to medication-assi ... read more


April 24, 2019 (Cleveland)

Craciun Moderates Panel on Connection between Healthcare and Community Development

On Wednesday, April 24, Kirstin Craciun, director of community outreach for The Center for Health Affairs, moderated a panel on the connection between healthcare and community development co-hosted by the Offic ... read more


April 02, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center, Opioid Consortium Host International Visitors Seeking Information about the Opioid Crisis

The Center for Health Affairs and the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium this month hosted a group of international visitors who came to Cleveland seeking information about the opioid crisis and innovati ... read more


March 26, 2019 (Cleveland)

HealthComp Foundation Announces Latest Grant, 2019 Grant-Making Focus

The HealthComp Foundation has announced its latest funding award along with the focus of its community-responsive grant-making for 2019. A grant of $737,739 is being awarded over three years to create and susta ... read more


March 22, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Supports Federal COPE Act of 2019

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has lent its support to the Comprehensive Opioid Program Extension Act (COPE Act) of 2019, federal legislation designed to combat the opioid crisis by augmenting th ... read more


March 21, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Urges Lawmakers to Improve Care Coordination for SUD Patients

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium continues to participate in a broad effort to amend regulations to improve care coordination for patients with substance use disorders. This month, the Opioid Conso ... read more


March 15, 2019 (Cleveland)

AHA, City and County Health Officials Visit Cleveland to Study Leading Practices in Collaborative Health Assessment and Improvement Planning

On March 14, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) led a listening session with Cuyahoga County hospital, public health and community ... read more


March 07, 2019 (Cleveland)

Toni Hare Announces Retirement and CHAMPS Oncology Succession Plan

CHAMPS Oncology Vice President Toni Hare, RHIT, CTR, announced today she will retire on May 3, 2019 after more than 29 years of dedicated service to CHAMPS Oncology, a business affiliate of The Center for Healt ... read more


February 25, 2019 (Cleveland)

Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Video Highlights Partnership

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has released a new video, highlighting the collaborative work underway by area hospitals to address the opioid crisis in the region. The Opioid Consortium video fe ... read more


February 25, 2019 (Cleveland)

Professional Workforce Shortage Findings Cited by Local Media Outlets

The Center for Health Affairs' 2018 survey of Northeast Ohio hospitals and allied health higher education programs, which identified significant allied health professional workforce shortages, has received rece ... read more


February 22, 2019 (Cleveland)

28 Employees Honored at 2019 Service Awards

On Friday, Feb. 22, The Center for Health Affairs' 2019 Service Awards Breakfast was held at the Crown Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square. The ceremony honored 28 individuals from The Center, CHAMPS Oncology ... read more


February 21, 2019 (Cleveland)

Hospital Naloxone Co-Prescribing Intervention Demonstrates Success

One local health system has found substantial benefit from an intervention designed to improve naloxone co-prescribing for patients who are prescribed opioids. The MetroHealth System’s Associate Chief Med ... read more


February 19, 2019 (Cleveland)

Polar Vortex Tests Hospital Emergency Preparedness

On the heels of Winter Storm Jayden, which brought significant snowfall to Northeast Ohio in late January, temperatures plunged in the region due to a polar vortex that blasted the area with below-zero temperat ... read more


January 29, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Delivered Value in Five Core Programs in 2018

In its work on behalf of the hospital membership, The Center for Health Affairs focused on delivering value in five core programs in 2018: Community Health Outreach Emergency Preparedness Hospital ... read more


January 28, 2019 (Cleveland)

The Center Releases Data on Allied Health Professional Workforce Shortages

A 2018 survey of Northeast Ohio hospitals and allied health higher education programs by The Center for Health Affairs has identified significant allied health professional workforce shortages. Most notably, a ... read more


January 24, 2019 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium to Improve Access to Nasal Naloxone

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is moving forward with its work to increase access to nasal naloxone, a critically important tool in the fight to prevent opioid overdose deaths. An evaluation of n ... read more


January 14, 2019 (Cleveland)

Anderson Weighs in on Hospitals Posting Prices Online

In recent weeks, Senior Vice President of Member Services Lisa Anderson has been quoted by the media on hospitals posting prices online, a new requirement as of Jan. 1. ideastream Article on Hospitals Pos ... read more


December 18, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Urges Lawmakers to Pass H.R. 6378, Reauthorize HPP

The future of the hospital preparedness program (HPP) is on the line and The Center for Health Affairs is urging lawmakers to enact H.R. 6378, federal legislation preserving this critically important work. In ... read more


December 17, 2018 (Cleveland)

HIP-Cuyahoga’s Efforts to Bridge Clinical Medicine and Public Health Highlighted in AMCNO Article

The November/December 2018 issue of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio’s (AMCNO) Northern Ohio Physician profiles HIP-Cuyahoga’s efforts to bridge clinical medicine and public he ... read more


December 14, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Concludes Nurse Education Program Pilot Testing

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has concluded pilot testing of its nurse education program, which is expected to launch in early 2019. The pilot ran for the month of November and was completed by ... read more


December 11, 2018 (Cleveland)

State Medical Board Pulls Proposed Office-Based Opioid Treatment Rules

A set of state rules regarding office-based opioid treatment will not move forward. Following its Nov. 28 hearing, the State Medical Board of Ohio decided to pull the proposed rules, which had been a cause for ... read more


November 28, 2018 (Cleveland)

Final OPPS Includes Expanded Site-Neutral Payments for HOPDs

Early this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule on the 2019 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), ending speculation over how they planned to mov ... read more


November 27, 2018 (Cleveland)

Tornado Scenario Tests Region’s Patient Evacuation Capabilities

On Nov. 14, a tornado hit Northeast Ohio, requiring five area hospitals to evacuate a total of 1,000 patients. Or at least that was the scenario used in an exercise designed to test the region’s acute-car ... read more


November 26, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Policy Agenda Moves Forward

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium policy agenda progressed this month as the collaborative advocated for changes to two key issues that would strengthen efforts to combat opioid addiction and overdo ... read more


November 15, 2018 (Cleveland)

Cuyahoga County’s First Joint Community Health Assessment will Help Partners Achieve the Goal of Transforming Health Together

In the ongoing effort to improve health outcomes in Cuyahoga County, local partners, including Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga County Board o ... read more


October 29, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Creates Overview of State Issue 1

On Nov. 6, Ohioans will be asked to vote on an issue appearing on the statewide ballot: state Issue 1. Issue 1 would make substantial changes to how drug-related crimes are handled by the criminal justice syste ... read more


October 26, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Submits Comments on Proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

With hospitals in Northeast Ohio predicted to lose in excess of $37 million, The Center for Health Affairs in late September submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding ... read more


October 25, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium’s Nurse Education Initiative Pilot to Begin in November

The nurse education initiative of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is moving into the pilot phase. The program, which will include four separate modules upon completion, will soon be tested by at l ... read more


October 23, 2018 (Cleveland)

Hospital Preparedness Program Awaits U.S. Senate on Funding Reauthorization

The future of the Hospital Preparedness Program rests with the U.S. Senate. This is the program that ultimately funds The Center for Health Affairs’ emergency preparedness work. In late September, the Hou ... read more


September 21, 2018 (Cleveland)

Infographic Illustrates Nursing Workforce & Shortage of Registered Nurses

By 2020, the shortage of registered nurses in Northeast Ohio is expected to reach 2,850, more than three times the shortage of 820 in 2017. This is according to The Center for Health Affairs' nursing forecaste ... read more


September 20, 2018 (Cleveland)

AMCNO Features Opioid Consortium in Northern Ohio Physician Publication

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) featured the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium twice in its September/October 2018 Northern Ohio Physician publication. The first feature ... read more


September 19, 2018 (Cleveland)

Hospitals to See Gain Under 2019 Medicare Wage Index Initiative

Hospitals in the Greater-Cleveland area will receive an estimated $7.2 million in additional reimbursement during the upcoming federal fiscal year as a result of the latest Medicare wage index initiative led by ... read more


September 06, 2018 (Cleveland)

Hospital Opioid Consortium Executive Team Presents to U.S. Attorney’s Taskforce

On Sept. 6, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium proudly sponsored, "Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Region,” a heroin and opioid conference hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. ... read more


September 05, 2018 (Cleveland)

Economic Impact Data Cited in cleveland.com Healthcare Editorial

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, cleveland.com published the healthcare editorial, "Beyond the Cleveland Clinic's No. 2 ranking is health care's growing importance for NE Ohio." In the piece, the editorial board cites da ... read more


August 22, 2018 (Cleveland)

LPNs Crucial to Nursing Workforce Diversity

Healthcare workforce diversity – and especially nursing workforce diversity – is on the minds of those in the position to make a difference, from healthcare organization chief executive officers and ... read more


August 20, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Plain Dealer Quotes Mazanec on Hospital Community Benefits

On Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, The Center for Health Affairs’ Interim President & CEO Phil Mazanec and Director of Government Relations Tony Gutowski were quoted in The Plain Dealer’s story on hospit ... read more


August 17, 2018 (Cleveland)

Waite Quoted in Crain's Piece on Diversity in Nursing

On Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, The Center for Health Affairs' Director, Healthcare Workforce, NEONI and Behavioral Health Initiatives Pam Waite, MSN, RN-BC, MHSA was quoted in a Crain's Cleveland Business piece ... read more


August 15, 2018 (Cleveland)

Full-Scale Exercise Tests Regional Emergency Preparedness

What if a disease outbreak overwhelmed hospitals in a neighboring state and then made its way to Cleveland? This month, area hospitals and a number of other organizations had the opportunity to test that scenar ... read more


August 01, 2018 (Cleveland)

Pamela Waite Delivers Commencement Address to Chamberlain University’s Graduating Nurses

Every year, thousands of newly minted nurses don their caps and gowns, commemorate the completion of their studies at graduation ceremonies, and enter the workforce in Ohio. If you could share a message with so ... read more


July 31, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Strategic Plan Focuses Hospital Efforts to Combat Crisis

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium strategic plan launched this month, bringing together participating organizations around a focused effort to address the opioid crisis. The epidemic facing the regi ... read more


July 27, 2018 (Cleveland)

2018 Cuyahoga County Community Health Assessment Enters the Homestretch

The partnership between the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and University Hospitals to produce a collaborative 2018 Cuyahoga County Community Health Assessment is ent ... read more


July 25, 2018 (Cleveland)

Behavioral Health RoundTable Addresses Issue of Healthcare Workplace Violence

Anecdotal reports along with direct first-hand experience have led the members of the Behavioral Health RoundTable of Cuyahoga County to examine the issue of healthcare workplace violence. In recent months, par ... read more


July 23, 2018 (Cleveland)

Camille Zalar Joins Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium welcomes Camille Zalar, MHA, BSN, RN, CARN, as its new director of education and initiatives beginning July 23. In this role, Zalar will be responsible for overseei ... read more


June 25, 2018 (Cleveland)

Common Ground Conversations Provide Opportunity to Hear from Community

The second annual Common Ground conversations, a program of the Cleveland Foundation, took place at more than 100 sites across Northeast Ohio on Sunday, June 24. Many organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga ... read more


June 21, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Shares Strategic Agenda with Sen. Rob Portman, Opioid Roundtable

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium shared its strategic agenda with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and other key members of the community at a roundtable earlier this month hosted by MetroHealth Medica ... read more


June 19, 2018 (Cleveland)

New Zealand Health Delegation Visit Offers Unique Opportunity to Share Efforts to Achieve Equity

On June 19, seven members of a New Zealand health delegation met with several HIP-Cuyahoga Steering Committee members at a meeting hosted by The Center for Health Affairs. The New Zealand health delegation had ... read more


June 14, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Announces NEONI Redesign

 The Center for Health Affairs is rolling out a redesign of NEONI, its regional healthcare workforce collaborative. At a June 14 meeting of NEONI members, leadership presented plans for a new governance st ... read more


June 01, 2018 (Cleveland)

Speakers Share Emergency Preparedness Tips Based on Real-World Experience

On Friday, June 1, professionals from around the region had the opportunity to glean valuable insight from individuals with real-life experience managing and responding to emergency events. Attendees of the 10t ... read more


May 17, 2018 (Cleveland)

U.S. Department of State Highlights Local Opioid Conference

On Thursday, May 17, the U.S. Department of State highlighted a local opioid conference The Center for Health Affairs participated in last month for those interested in seeking to learn more about the Northeast ... read more


May 17, 2018 (Cleveland)

Hospital Consortium Designing Opioid Education Initiative for Nursing & Frontline Staff

The Education Committee of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium is designing a new opioid education initiative aimed at providing support for nursing and frontline staff at area hospitals. The committe ... read more


May 16, 2018 (Cleveland)

Capitol Hill Visits Highlight The Center’s Advocacy Agenda

Last week, Tony Gutowski, director of government affairs, The Center for Health Affairs, visited members of the Ohio congressional delegation to discuss The Center’s advocacy agenda. At the top of the age ... read more


May 15, 2018 (Cleveland)

Celebrate Your Plate Campaign Aims to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

In partnership with the Ohio Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed), many of The Center for Health Affairs’ Northeast Ohio hospital members will be supporting the rollo ... read more


May 11, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Emergency Preparedness Initiative Awarded Federal Grant

The Northeast Ohio region will receive $785,676 in federal funding during the upcoming fiscal year to support the hospital emergency preparedness initiative. The funds, which come through the Ohio Department of ... read more


April 30, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Speaks to Crain’s about Medicaid Work Requirements

On Sunday, April 29, Crain’s Cleveland Healthcare/Nonprofit Reporter Lydia Coutre published the article “Hospitals cry foul over Medicaid work requirements.” The Center for Health Affairs&rsq ... read more


April 26, 2018 (Cleveland)

Second Annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference Offers Important Insights

A sold-out crowd of 240 attended the second annual workshop hosted by the Upper Northeast Ohio Regional Trauma-Informed Care Collaborative on April 26. The event, entitled “The Cost of Helping: An Organiz ... read more


April 25, 2018 (Cleveland)

NEONI Releases Infographic on Licensed Practical Nurses

The number of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Ohio is shrinking. In 2016, there were 48,539 LPNs licensed in Ohio, down 8.1 percent from 52,838 two years prior. The latest infographic published by NEONI, T ... read more


April 24, 2018 (Cleveland)

Community Health Assessments in Cuyahoga County: Full Steam Ahead

There has been a lot of attention in Cuyahoga County focused on creating better linkages between clinical care and public health - work that was born out of HIP-Cuyahoga’s efforts to achieve a greater sta ... read more


April 15, 2018 (Cleveland)

Crain's Publishes Letter Addressing Flawed Opioid Study

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, Crain's Cleveland Business published a letter to the editor submitted by the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium addressing a recently released opioid study promoting a flawed p ... read more


April 06, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Shares Insight on Opioid Public Health Crisis with U.S. State Department Exchange Program Alumni

On Friday, April 6, The Center for Health Affairs participated in a local conference on substance abuse and addiction by hosting a site visit for conference attendees seeking to learn more about the Northeast O ... read more


March 23, 2018 (Cleveland)

Leppla to Represent Opioid Consortium at Spring 2018 Healthcare Events

Allisyn Leppla, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, will be attending and presenting at several spring 2018 healthcare events on behalf of the Opioid Consortium, a partnership b ... read more


March 19, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Submits Comments Opposing the Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Last week, The Center for Health Affairs submitted comments to the Ohio Department of Medicaid opposing their current Medicaid waiver proposal. ODM drafted the proposal, referred to as the “Group VII ... read more


March 13, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Names Dr. Randy Jernejcic as First Physician Chair

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium has named Randy Jernejcic, MD, chief medical officer for University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, as its first physician chair. The chair, who will serve a one-ye ... read more


March 07, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center Launches Allied Health Workforce Collaborative

The Center for Health Affairs, which has been convening organizations and developing solutions to nursing workforce challenges through NEONI for 18 years, has launched a new collaborative aimed at bringing the ... read more


March 02, 2018 (Cleveland)

60+ Healthcare Leaders Tune Into Health Assessment Webinar

More than 60 hospital community health and public health leaders across Ohio tuned into The Power of Collaboration, a health assessment webinar, co-hosted by Ohio Public Health Partnership and The Center for He ... read more


February 22, 2018 (Cleveland)

19 Employees Honored at 2018 Service Awards

On Thursday, Feb. 22, The Center for Health Affairs' 2018 Service Awards Breakfast was held at the Crown Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square. The ceremony honored 19 individuals for their years of service with ... read more


February 21, 2018 (Cleveland)

Craciun Serves on "Why Community Health Planning Matters" City Club Panel

On Wednesday, Feb.21, Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, director of community outreach for The Center for Health Affairs, spoke on a panel during The City Club of Cleveland event, “Why Community Health Planning ... read more


February 12, 2018 (Cleveland)

The Center and CHAMPS Promote Myers and Wise

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare’s Interim President & CEO Phil Mazanec announced two organizational changes at an all-team member meeting: Yolandi Myers, S ... read more


February 09, 2018 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Members Gather for First Joint Meeting

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium held its first joint meeting of 2018 at The Center for Health Affairs. Representatives from The Center, as well as Opioid Consortium members in ... read more


January 25, 2018 (Cleveland)

Gatlin Weighs in on Preparedness for Flu Outbreak

On Thursday, Jan. 25, ABC News 5 interviewed The Center for Health Affairs' ASPR Project Director Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, for a story on the busy flu season and the nation's preparedness to handle a major flu ... read more


January 24, 2018 (Cleveland)

Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic on Financial Leadership Program Presentation

A team from The Center for Health Affairs collaborated with staff from the Cleveland Clinic on a Financial Leadership Program presentation given on Jan. 24 at the Lerner Research Institute. The Center's Interim ... read more


January 15, 2018 (Cleveland)

2018 Board Members Appointed to Boards of The Center and its Affiliates

Changes have been announced to The Center for Health Affairs' board, as well as to the CHAMPS Healthcare boards and the GCHA board. The CHAMPS boards govern The Center's business affiliate and the GCHA board go ... read more


December 22, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Launching Search Upon CEO’s Departure

Timothy L. Jarm stepped down from his position as president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare on Friday, Dec. 22. Phil Mazanec, The Center’s chief operating officer and a 39- ... read more


December 19, 2017 (Cleveland)

Opioid Consortium Makes List of Top 10 Health Care Stories of 2017

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, Crain’s Cleveland released its list of the top 10 healthcare stories of 2017. Number five on the list was the creative ways Northeast Ohio has found to address the opioid crisis. As p ... read more


December 18, 2017 (Cleveland)

Jarm Weighs in on Increase in Community Benefit

On Sunday, Dec. 17, Crain’s Cleveland published an article on the increase in community benefit that hospitals have increasingly seen. While many saw an increased number of insured patients access their ... read more


December 14, 2017 (Cleveland)

Hospitals Collaborating with Public Health on 2018/2019 Health Assessment Planning

A concerted effort is underway in Cuyahoga County to identify areas where hospitals, the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) can collaborate on 2018/2019 ... read more


December 07, 2017 (Cleveland)

Waite Presents on Nursing Workforce at Chamberlain College of Nursing

The Northeast Ohio nursing workforce was the topic of discussion during an advisory board meeting at Chamberlain College of Nursing on Thursday, Dec. 7.  Pam Waite, MSN, RN-BC, MHSA, director of healthcare ... read more


December 04, 2017 (Cleveland)

Jarm Gives Presentation on Opioid Consortium at National Conference

Several times a year, the executives from regional and metropolitan associations from across the country come together to learn from one another about how to best serve their members. On Thursday, Nov. 30, The ... read more


November 28, 2017 (Cleveland)

CHNA Roundtable to Collaborate and Promote Healthy Eating Social Marketing Campaign

The Center for Health Affairs' CHNA Roundtable, comprised of Northeast Ohio hospital staff involved in community health needs assessment (CHNA) work or community health initiatives at their facilities, has unan ... read more


November 27, 2017 (Cleveland)

New Report Examines Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits

The Key Indicators Report released in November examines the rise in drug-related emergency department visits in Northeast Ohio. The report, which uses information from both The Center’s Volume Statistics ... read more


November 21, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium Hosts Kick-Off Meeting

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium held its first joint meeting at The Center for Health Affairs. Representatives from The Center, Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA M ... read more


November 20, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center Participates in True2U Mentoring Program

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, The Center for Health Affairs’ Amy Witzigreuter, director of strategic relationships and Mia Salvano, business development manager are participating in the True2U you ... read more


November 16, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center Leads Hospital Earthquake Evacuation Exercise

A recent evacuation exercise, led by The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness team, required local healthcare coalition agencies to collaborate and simulate an evacuation due to an earthquake ... read more


November 13, 2017 (Cleveland)

Crain's Quotes Jarm on Proposed Cuts to Medicaid

On Sunday, Nov. 12, Crain’s Cleveland published an article on proposed state cuts to Medicaid reimbursement, specifically a proposed rate cut of 5% over the biennium for the care provided to Medicaid reci ... read more


November 01, 2017 (Cleveland)

Professionalism in Nursing Measured by NEONI’s Recent Identity Study

The Nurse Professionalism and Professional Identity Study, recently released by NEONI, The Center for Health Affairs' workforce initiative, provides insights about the importance of professionalism in nursin ... read more


October 30, 2017 (Cleveland, Ohio)

The Center Opposes Ohio Drug Relief Act

The Center for Health Affairs opposes Issue 2, the Ohio Drug Relief Act. This position mirrors that of more than 70 organizations including: the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, th ... read more


October 24, 2017

Fact Sheet, Short Video Examine Regional Impact of Hospitals on Economy

The Center for Health Affairs recently released its , which highlights the regional impact of hospitals on the local economy, its patients and its employees. In conjunction with the Fact Sheet, this year The Ce ... read more


October 19, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center Facilitates Lawmaker Meetings, Talks Medicaid Cuts and Regional Economy

Over the course of the past month, The Center for Health Affairs facilitated a number of lawmaker meetings with representatives from Northeast Ohio to discuss the impact of Ohio’s recently passed biennium ... read more


October 16, 2017 (Cleveland)

Moore Comments on Trump Executive Order in WTAM 1100 Piece

On Thursday, Oct. 12, Newsradio WTAM 1100 interviewed The Center for Health Affairs' Vice President of Corporate Communications Deanna Moore on the President Trump executive order directing changes to the healt ... read more


October 11, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center’s 2017 Annual Meeting is First in 10+ Years

The Center for Health Affairs held its first annual meeting in over a decade on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland. Attendees included members of The Center for Health Affairs' board, ho ... read more


October 10, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center Releases 2017 – 2020 Strategic Direction

The Center for Health Affairs has formally launched its 2017-2020 strategic direction, which was approved by The Center for Health Affairs' board on Sept. 21 and unveiled at The Center’s 2017 annual meeti ... read more


September 19, 2017 (Cleveland)

Team from The Center Volunteers at Greater Cleveland Food Bank

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, a team of 14 volunteers from The Center for Health Affairs’ leadership team took an afternoon off to volunteer together at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The team, which included P ... read more


September 14, 2017 (Cleveland)

Opioid ED Joins VA Meeting with David Shulkin, Others from Trump Administration

On Sept. 14, Allisyn Leppla, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, participated in a roundtable discussion at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center on the region’s op ... read more


September 05, 2017 (Cleveland)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Highlights Work to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article on the newly formed Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium and The Center for Health Affairs' neutral role in bringing hospitals together ... read more


September 01, 2017 (Cleveland)

NEONI Helps Support Human Trafficking Initiative in Northeast Ohio

Each quarter, NEONI members bring together nursing leaders, clinical agencies, educators and organizations to discuss and determine ways to support various healthcare initiatives in Northeast Ohio. This unique ... read more


August 30, 2017 (Cleveland, OH)

631 Behavioral Health Patients in Cuyahoga County Awaited an Inpatient Psych Bed in June

In June, 631 behavioral health patients in Cuyahoga County awaited an inpatient psych bed, according to a 30-day study released by The Center for Health Affairs. The study, Behavioral Health Patients Utilizin ... read more


August 28, 2017 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs Named One of NorthCoast 99’s Best Places to Work

The Center for Health Affairs is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of NorthCoast 99’s best places to work in Northeast Ohio. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that recognizes great places ... read more


August 25, 2017 (Cleveland)

Hospital Emergency Preparedness Funding Announced

The Center for Health Affairs has been awarded $796,993 in hospital emergency preparedness funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. These funds, awarded through the Ohio Department of Health and the Assistant Sec ... read more


August 23, 2017 (Cleveland)

Brandi Robinson of ODH Answers Questions on Health Assessment Alignment

Brandi Robinson, deputy director in the Office of Health Policy and Performance Improvement at the Ohio Department of Health, presented information to the CHNA Roundtable and answered questions from participant ... read more


August 22, 2017 (Cleveland)

Hospitals Team Up to Fight Northeast Ohio Opioid Epidemic

The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium, housed at The Center for Health Affairs, will be responsible for coordinating hospital activities aimed at stemming the Northeast Ohio opioid epidemic. This is the ... read more


July 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

Jarm Meets with County Leaders Budish and Sobol Jordan

On Friday, July 21, President and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs Tim Jarm met with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and his Chief of Staff, Sharon Sobol Jordan. During the meeting, Jarm ... read more


July 21, 2017 (Cleveland)

Gutowski Presents to the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council

On Wednesday, July 19, Tony Gutowski, director of government affairs, attended the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council meeting and presented on the potential impact of federal healthcare legislation ... read more


July 20, 2017 (Cleveland)

New Trustees Appointed to Boards of The Center and its Affiliates

Changes have been announced to The Center for Health Affairs' board, as well as to the CHAMPS Healthcare boards and the GCHA board. The CHAMPS boards govern The Center's business affiliate and th ... read more


July 14, 2017 (Cleveland)

Road Trip to Pittsburgh: Panel Presentation at NACCHO Annual Meeting

The Center for Health Affairs recently collaborated with stakeholders representing the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and HIP-Cuyahoga on a panel presentation at the National Association of County and City Hea ... read more


June 27, 2017 (Cleveland)

CHNA Presented to Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force

The Center’s director of community outreach, Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, presented community health needs assessment (CHNA) information at the Lakewood Wellness Foundation Planning Task Force Meeting ... read more


June 26, 2017 (Cleveland)

Organizational Strategic Plan Development is Underway

2017 marked not only a new era of leadership at The Center for Health Affairs but also an opportunity to closely examine the direction of the organization as a whole. Upon taking the reins as The Center’s ... read more


June 22, 2017 (Cleveland)

Members Convene for Regulatory Updates and Obesity Focus

The Center’s June 22 CHNA Roundtable meeting provided members the opportunity to hear regulatory updates related to community health needs assessments (CHNAs). There has been significant action at the fed ... read more


June 21, 2017 (Cleveland)

CGS Visits Reimbursement Forum Members

On Thursday, June 21, The Center’s Reimbursement Forum members met with representatives from CGS Administrators, LLC (CGS) to discuss Medicare audit and reimbursement issues. CGS, which assists in hospita ... read more


June 20, 2017 (Cleveland)

ASPR Emergency Preparedness Funds Support Healthcare Coalition Conference

The Northeast Ohio (NEO) Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Healthcare Coalition Conference on emergency preparedness was held Friday, June 9 at Auburn Career Center in Painesville, Ohio. The Center fo ... read more


May 26, 2017 (Cleveland)

Observations, Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Year-End Hospital Volumes Continued to Grow in 2016

The latest Key Indicators Report on hospital market trends by The Center for Health Affairs examined year-end hospital volumes in 2016. Among the many trends affecting providers in Northeast Ohio was the averag ... read more


May 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

Hospitals Come Together to Fight Opioid Crisis in Cuyahoga County

On Friday, May 19, The Center for Health Affairs announced a partnership with Northeast Ohio hospital members Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospitals, MetroHealth a ... read more


May 22, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center Teams up on Healthcare Financial Management Association Presentation

On May 22, The Center for Health Affairs' director of community outreach, Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, presented information on Northeast Ohio community benefit spending and state-level population health planning ... read more


May 11, 2017 (Cleveland)

Jarm Meets with Lawmakers to Discuss Federal Healthcare Reform

On Thursday, May 11, The Center for Health Affairs' president and CEO Tim Jarm joined hospital CEOs from MetroHealth, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center for a ... read more


May 10, 2017 (Cleveland)

3,500 Nurses Needed in Next Three Years

On Wednesday, May 10, ABC News 5 cited The Center's data on nurses needed in the coming years to address a shortage of nurses in the area, especially nurses capable of taking on leadership and management roles. ... read more


May 07, 2017 (Cleveland)

Jarm Weighs in on Cosgrove's Successor

On Sunday, May 7, Crain’s Cleveland published an article discussing Cleveland Clinic's search for Toby Cosgrove's successor. The Center for Health Affairs’ President & CEO, Tim Jarm, weighed in. ... read more


April 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

Students Gain First-Hand Knowledge of Career Opportunities at Southwest General

In March, Southwest General Health Center welcomed several high school students for one-on-one job shadowing and to gain first-hand knowledge of healthcare career opportunities in areas including laboratory, ph ... read more


April 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

Cyber Security Exercises Led by The Center

Regional healthcare cyber security exercises were recently led by The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness team. The Center’s emergency preparedness experts collaborated with its region ... read more


April 18, 2017 (Cleveland)

On the Road to… University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center

The Center for Health Affairs’ director of community outreach, Kirstin Craciun, co-presented population health planning information to the University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center management team on Apri ... read more


March 27, 2017 (Cleveland)

Blog on Healthcare Topics Provides Up-to-Date Insight

With the launch of its responsive website, neohospitals.org, in March, The Center for Health Affairs officially updated its strategy to provide timely, insightful, unbiased information on the healthcare environ ... read more


March 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

Pathways Community HUB Model Examined as Tool to Strengthen Care Coordination

Communities across Ohio have been working to strengthen care coordination. Toward that goal, some communities in the Buckeye State have implemented the Pathways Community HUB model to strengthen care coordinati ... read more


March 22, 2017 (Cleveland, OH)

Jarm Weighs in on the Impact of Medicaid Cuts

On Sunday, March 19, Crain’s Cleveland published an article discussing how Medicaid cuts would impact the region’s workforce, services and programs. The Center for Health Affairs’ President &a ... read more


March 20, 2017 (Cleveland)

New Responsive Website for neohospitals.org

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, has launched its new responsive website neohospitals.org. The website now boasts a streamlined look, along with responsive desig ... read more


March 17, 2017 (Cleveland)

Local Hospital and Universities Partner to Increase Nursing Degrees

On Tuesday, March 14, NEONI’s Nursing Forecaster was cited in a Plain Dealer article discussing the efforts to increase the number of nursing degrees. NEONI, The Center for Health Affairs’ workforce ... read more


February 27, 2017 (Cleveland)

Workforce Shortage Issues Addressed by Utilizing prep2practice™

Workforce shortage issues due to demographic changes are now being addressed by businesses utilizing prep2practice™ to build their workforce pipeline. prep2practice is an online workforce planning tool, p ... read more


February 24, 2017 (Cleveland)

The Center’s Strategic Direction Scorecard Released

The Center for Health Affairs presented its latest Strategic Direction Scorecard at its the Feb. 16 board meeting, highlighting progress on its initiatives from July through December 2016.  The C ... read more


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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 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 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