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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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Updated Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehab Facility, and Hospice Data Available for Consumers

December 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the long-term care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and hospice quality data available to consumers at its LTCH Compare, IRF Compare, and Hospice Compare websites.

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Federal Report Provides Roadmap to Help People with Serious Mental Illness and Emotional Disturbance

December 22, 2017

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee released its first report to Congress about issues related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance.

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Federal Rebalancing Demonstration Report Released: Improved Quality, Reduced Costs

December 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its report to the President and Congress regarding the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, a program established by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

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American College of Physicians Highlights the Need for Increased Transparency; HAP’s Care in PA Provides Quality and Price Transparency in Pennsylvania

November 21, 2017

A recently released report from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recognizes transparency efforts to mend the fragmentation of health care. The report provides recommendations to improve transparency to address cost and quality challenges.

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Survey Shows the Importance of Pricing Transparency for Both Patients and Providers

November 17, 2017

New survey results from Accenture indicate that, while only about a quarter of health care providers can provide out-of-pocket cost information to consumers prior to a procedure, 91 percent of patients want the information. In addition, almost half of the consumers surveyed would switch to a different provider in order to get it.

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Individual Mandate Repeal Included in U.S. Senate Tax Reform Legislation

November 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has included policy in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would, in effect, repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by eliminating the penalty that individuals who do not maintain health coverage must pay.

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Diabetes Admissions in Pennsylvania Up 13% Since 2000

November 15, 2017

Between 2000 and 2016, Pennsylvania hospital admissions with a principal diagnosis of diabetes have grown from 21,528 to 24,283—a 13 percent increase—according to a research brief released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). In-hospital mortality for patients hospitalized for diabetes declined from 1.5 percent during 2000, to 0.5 percent during 2016.

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AHA Report: Regulatory Burdens Cost Hospitals $39 Billion Annually

November 13, 2017

A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) report quantifies the impact of regulatory burden on our nation’s hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The report, Regulatory Overload, details the cost to providers of complying with an ever-changing array of new and existing regulations that don’t improve patient care, but increase the cost of care.

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Insurance Department Warns Consumers About “Off-Marketplace” Insurance Plans

November 09, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman yesterday released an alert asking Pennsylvanians to be cautious about 2018 health insurance plans available for sale outside of the federal Healthcare.gov marketplace. Health plans that are not compliant with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements could result in a tax penalty and ineligibility for federal tax credits.

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2.9 Million Pennsylvanians Insured through Medicaid and CHIP; New Data from CMS

November 03, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a preliminary August 2017 report and supporting data on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment stats earlier this week.

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CMS Payment Rule Undercuts Key Program Supporting Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

November 02, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a payment regulation that will undermine efforts to ensure access to affordable prescription drugs by dramatically cutting payments for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Open Enrollment Starts Today; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

November 01, 2017

Today, HAP president and CEO Andy Carter joined Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Farley at a press conference promoting the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace. Carter underscored the importance of securing health insurance coverage as well as how Pennsylvania hospitals are helping consumers find the right plan for them.

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Report Finds Drop in Uncompensated Care, Outpatient Growth for PA’s Non-Acute and Specialty Hospitals

October 31, 2017

Today, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its Annual Report on the Financial Health of Pennsylvania Non-General Acute Care Hospitals, finding that uncompensated care saw a decrease of 17 percent or $3.3 million in fiscal year 2016. Specialty hospitals saw the largest percent point decrease, followed by psychiatric and long-term acute care

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Congressional Committee Hears How Hospitals Use 340B Drug Pricing Program

October 11, 2017

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, health care providers testified to how the 340B Drug Pricing Program helps them expand and improve access to care.

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