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December 10, 2019

ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2020 Ends December 15

Time is running out to enroll for 2020 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Consumers have until December 15, 2019, to visit healthcare.gov and choose their health plans for calendar year 2020.

December 09, 2019

Health Spending Keeps Pace with Economic Growth; Hospital Share Falling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary recently published its annual National Health Expenditure (NHE) report. Analyses of NHE data by the American Hospital Association (AHA) shows significant decreases in the share of health care spending for hospital services over time, from 43 percent during 1980 to 34 percent during 2018.

December 06, 2019

PHC4 Financial Analysis Shows Mixed Bag for Non-General Acute Care Hospitals

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 analysis for non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals in Pennsylvania. Non-GAC hospitals include specialty hospitals that address specific needs, such as orthopedics, vision and hearing, and pediatrics; long-term and rehabilitation needs; and psychiatry and behavioral health.

December 05, 2019

Support Builds for Federal Opioid Workforce Act

Support continues to build for a federal effort to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic and help alleviate the doctor shortage with the introduction of S. 2892, the Opioid Workforce Act, in the U.S. Senate.

December 05, 2019

PA Hospitals Encouraged to Join HAP in Support of Organ Donation Day

On January 8, 2020, Donate Life Pennsylvania will hold its first-ever “PA Donor Day” to encourage Pennsylvanians to register as organ and tissue donors. Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are encouraged to join HAP as a participating organization, helping to spread the word and support the campaign.

December 04, 2019

Hospital Groups File Lawsuit Challenging CMS Mandated Disclosure of Negotiated Rates

Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and three other national organizations representing hospitals and health systems filed a lawsuit against the federal government challenging a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that mandates public disclosure of payer-specific negotiated rates between commercial health insurers and hospitals.

December 03, 2019

VA Reports that Veterans’ Use of Telemedicine on the Rise

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reported that more than 900,000 Veterans used telemedicine services during fiscal year (FY) 2019, up 17 percent from the previous year. This correlates to 2.6 million episodes of telemedicine care during FY 2019.