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September 21, 2020

New Analysis on the Range of Disparities during COVID-19

A new Commonwealth Fund survey into the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to highlight the long-standing inequities by race, ethnicity, and income. The analysis also shows that the experience of economic hardships and mental health concerns during the pandemic varies by race, gender, and income.

September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

September 17, 2020

CMS Releases Guidance on Advancing Value-Based Care for Medicaid Populations

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance aimed at assisting states in moving to value-based care models within their Medicaid populations. In keeping with its strategy to enhance and increase value-based care models for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS believes aligning the Medicaid program, as well as encouraging private payors to adopt similar new payment models, will help drive care transformation and adoption of these new models. The guidance also includes new flexibilities awarded to states to help them with this transition.

September 16, 2020

Advocates for Medical Research Call for NIH Investments

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions including HAP, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority.

September 16, 2020

House Committee Passes Legislation to Provide Certainty for Health Care Providers

Today, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee passed legislation supporting the health care community in providing care for patients after the COVID-19 pandemic has come under control. The Retaining Healthcare Innovations Act, House Bill 2779, sponsored by Representative Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), ensures that the transition is a gradual return to health care practices for both the provider and the patient by extending waivers and administrative flexibilities for 90 days beyond the end of the emergency declaration.

September 14, 2020

Hearing Stakeholders’ Concerns, CMS Withdraws Medicaid Regulation

In a tweet today, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Administration would withdraw a proposed Medicaid regulation which stakeholders cautioned would have significant consequences, putting economic pressure on states and negatively impacting Medicaid beneficiaries across the country.

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