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American Health Care Act Meets Financial Target and Moves to Senate; HAP Hopeful Senate Rewrite Will Protect Coverage for Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released late today, estimates that enacting the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026 relative to current law.

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House Votes Unanimously to Advance Baker Credentialing Legislation

May 24, 2017

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 190-0 to advance House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker’s (R-Tioga) landmark legislation to reform the physician credentialing process in the commonwealth.

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Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Medicaid, Threatens Access to Key Health Care Programs

May 23, 2017

Today, the Trump Administration’s Office of Management and Budget released its budget plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

May 23, 2017

As Stroke Awareness Month comes to an end, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to update the stroke designation law, ensuring that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver the appropriate level of care.

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Governor Announces Pick for Head of New Department of Health and Human Services

May 23, 2017

Today, Governor Wolf announced current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller as his pick to lead the proposed Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services. Miller has served as Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner since 2015.

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NEWS RELEASE: PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Topped $121 Billion in 2016

May 23, 2017

HAP leader stresses importance of continued support for health care industry HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 23)—The Hospital and Healthsystem Associati...

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Newly Released Report Confirms Continued Progress in Sepsis Advances

May 22, 2017

Today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, released results relating to sepsis and septic shock care. Nearly 50,000 patient records were reviewed for compliance with timely protocol initiation.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Joins 15 States to Protect Cost-Sharing Payments under the ACA

May 19, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 states and the District of Columbia attorneys general in petitioning to intervene in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives over the legality of cost-sharing payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Start of Joint Replacement Model and 340B Final Rule Delayed

May 19, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that further delays to January 1 the start date for its Cardiac and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Model. In addition, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) delayed to October 1 the effective date of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers.

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DHS Creates New PASRR Website

May 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a new website to assist hospitals in completing the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for patients being discharged to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility. The PASRR process is a federal requirement to assess the patient’s needs to ensure the most appropriate setting.

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Chronic Care Management Legislation Advances in U.S. Senate Finance Committee

May 18, 2017

Today, federal efforts to improve the Medicare program for seniors suffering from chronic conditions advanced in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (or S.870) won unanimous approval from the committee.

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NEWS RELEASE: Health care providers, organizations team up to combat opioid crisis

May 17, 2017

South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition launches during National Prevention Week May 17, 2017 South Central Pennsylvania’s health care...

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Grant Funds Available to Support Telemedicine

May 17, 2017

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that hospitals and others could apply for grants up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas.

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Nationally Insured Coverage Relatively Stable Between 2015 and 2016; Pennsylvania Uninsured Dropped

May 16, 2017

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 2016 findings from their national survey, which found that there was relatively no change in the uninsured between 2015 and 2016 nationally. However, in Pennsylvania, the survey reflects a continued drop in the percentage of uninsured from 2013 through 2016.

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HAP Closely Monitoring Ransomware Attack

May 15, 2017

Since Friday, industries across the globe have been impacted by a large-scale ransomware attack. HAP is in contact with state and federal agencies on this matter and will continue to monitor the situation. HAP’s Emergency Preparedness staff is ready to work with member hospitals to provide prevention and response assistance, should the need arise. 

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