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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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New Survey Looks at Public’s Views about Health Reform

November 13, 2019

A recent survey explored the public’s opinion about health reform. 

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Pennsylvania Awarded Grant to Support Access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

October 18, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania was awarded a $1.3 million grant to help expand state-based suicide prevention call centers.

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International Infection Prevention Week: October 13-19, 2019

October 17, 2019

The theme for Infection Prevention Week is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business”. In light of the outbreaks of measles, mumps, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccinations for people of all ages are essential to prevent potentially serious complications.

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Flu Season and The Rising Need of Vaccinations

October 16, 2019

This week Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, MD, urged Pennsylvanians to take proper precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones with a flu vaccine.

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CDC Releases New Progress Report about National Health-Associated Infection Prevention Efforts

October 15, 2019

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its 2017 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Progress Report. The report provides state- and national-level data about certain healthcare-associated infections that occurred during 2017 in four health care settings.

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New “Public Charge” Immigration Policy Rule Blocked from Taking Effect

October 14, 2019

In a flurry of legal action on Friday, three federal courts acted to block a new immigration policy that was set to take effect on October 15.

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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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HAP and Hospitals Join Forces to Pass Bills that Protect Health Care Workers; You Can Help––Text Healthy Me to 52886

October 10, 2019

Two legislative plans that could be passed by the state legislature this fall would make Pennsylvania health care workers safer.

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Food Security Summit Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Progress to Fight Hunger

October 08, 2019

The Wolf Administration held its annual food security summit to provide an update about Pennsylvania’s progress to fight hunger. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals also have been working to improve health through food security and healthy eating initiatives.

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New National Program Focused on Developing More Durable, Longer-Lasting Flu Vaccines

October 07, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  recently initiated the Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers  program, a network of research centers that will develop more durable, broadly protective, and longer-lasting influenza vaccines.

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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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HAP’s Patient and Family Engagement Project Lead Presents during National Webinar

September 13, 2019

Recently, HAP’s patient and family engagement lead, Janette Bisbee, presented the work of the HAP Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) during a national American Institutes for Research (AIR) webinar.

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New Poll Finds Public Wants Congress to Focus on Health Care Issues

September 13, 2019

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that the public considers health care issues a top priority for Congress.

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