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by Rick Pollack, President and CEO, AHA
The cyberattack against Change Healthcare that began on Feb. 21 is the most serious incident of its kind leveled against a U.S. health care organization.
AHA Feb. 29 filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a Louisiana law that prohibits drug companies from denying Louisiana hospitals the same 340B discounts for drugs dispensed at community pharmacies that would be provided via in-house pharmacies, its latest in a string of lawsuits claiming the federal law that created the 340B program preempts the state law. 
AHA experts discuss how ChatGPT and artificial intelligence are transforming health care data analytics and some of the potential pitfalls.
AHA and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Feb. 28 released the third of its five-part DEI Data Insights series, which highlights results from the last DEI Benchmark Survey.
President Biden Feb. 28 directed the Department of Justice to issue regulations to protect personal health and other data from countries known to collect and misuse it.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Mandy Cohen, M.D., Feb. 28 endorsed a recommendation by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that adults ages 65 years and older receive an additional updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine dose. 
The FBI, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, and Department of Health and Human Services Feb. 27 released updated recommendations to help health care and other critical infrastructure organizations defend against ALPHV Blackcat ransomware. 
AHA and 51 other national organizations Feb. 27 voiced support for the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act (H.R. 6205/S. 3211), bipartisan legislation that would recapture 25,000 unused employment-based visas for foreign-born nurses and 15,000 for foreign-born physicians to help address staffing shortages.
Bipartisan, bicameral leaders of the House and Senate and their Appropriations Committees Feb. 28 announced an agreement to extend funding through March 8 for four appropriations bills set to expire March 1 and through March 22 for eight appropriations bills set to expire March 8.
Fred Hobby, former president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, shares his thoughts on the current state of health equity efforts and diverse leadership in health care, as well as his reflections on his time at the AHA and what is now the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.