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PA Hospitals Concerned about Consumer Confusion if New Price Transparency Rules Adopted, Remain Committed to Helping Consumers

November 15, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two rules that require hospitals and insurers to make pricing information available to the public. While strongly supporting efforts for greater transparency in health care, Pennsylvania hospitals have concerns about whether the rules will help consumers, saying that mandating the disclosure of privately and competitively-negotiated rates may add to consumer confusion. Hospitals believe that consumers need useful and meaningful information.

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Pennsylvania Performing Well according to Updated Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the first annual update to its Medicaid and CHIP scorecard with the addition of new data points, measures, and improved functions to access data. Pennsylvania is performing well.

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Reauthorization of HAP-supported PHC4 Legislation Passes PA Senate, Moves to House

October 31, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).  Senate Bill 841, sponsored by Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), also modernizes the council by updating its powers and duties, and now moves to the House for consideration.

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U.S. House Takes Action to Promote Health Care Workforce, Transparency on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

October 29, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. House unanimously approved a series of bills poised to improve and strengthen our nation’s health care system by investing in health care workforce development and training programs; and authorizing new tools to improve the availability of information regarding drug prices.

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HAP Teams Up with Insurance Department for Health Literacy Month, Supports Programs That Empower Consumers

October 01, 2019

October is Health Literacy Month. HAP is once again partnering with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and other health care and community partners to  help consumers make well-informed decisions.

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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National Hospital Associations Release Paper Calling for Updates to Patient Experience Survey to Improve Patient Care

July 30, 2019

Five major hospital associations have released a paper recommending updates to the HCAHPS survey to better reflect the changes and advancements in health care and improve patient care.

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Public Health Priorities, Drug Price Transparency and Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Advance through U.S. House Committee

July 19, 2019

This week, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee vetted and approved a panel of bills aimed at promoting public health priorities, protecting...

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The Effect of Policy Changes on ACA Insurers—A National Perspective

July 08, 2019

As the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains under discussion, new reports are looking at how insurers selling individual plans, despite policy changes, have continued to remain profitable.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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AHA Principles Set Framework for Surprise Billing Solution; Hospital Groups Offer Support to Federal Leaders

February 21, 2019

The American Hospital Association has developed a set of principles to serve as a guidepost for work with Congress and the Trump Administration to protect patients from surprise billing.

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Ease, Convenience, and Choice Outrank Quality of Care, New Survey Reports

January 25, 2019

According to NRC Health’s 2019 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, 51 percent of the 223,000 patients surveyed in 2018 selected convenience and access to care as the most important factors in their health care decision-making process.

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New Report Considers Impact of Drug Prices and Shortages on Hospitals and Patient Care

January 23, 2019

As both Congress and the Administration place a focus on exploring policy options to address rising drug prices, a new report identifies challenges facing hospitals and patients in managing the financial burden of increased spending on prescription drugs, and the threat of disruption in access to care resulting from shortages of critical medications.

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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Submit Innovative Programs to 2019 HAP Achievement Awards

January 23, 2019

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s health care landscape is changing at an increasingly rapid pace and its hospitals and health systems are rising to that challenge through innovative programs to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and technology to meet the needs of the communities they serve. HAP members are encouraged to review the 2019 Achievement Awards Call for Entries and submit their innovative patient-centered initiatives that improve health care quality and efficiency and the health of their communities by March 1.

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New CMS Price Transparency Requirements Take Effect; Patients Encouraged to Contact Their Hospitals for More Information

January 02, 2019

A new federal requirement aimed at increasing hospital price transparency took effect January 1, 2019. In its 2019 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its guidelines to require that all hospitals in the United States post a list of their standard charges—known as a chargemaster—on their websites in a machine-readable format updated at least annually.

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