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February 05, 2016
The second opinion piece in a two-part New York Times series about patient safety identifies the work of HAP’s Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN). The article references PA-HEN efforts to help hospitals prevent pressure ulcers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released overall enrollment information for the federal health insurance marketplace.
February 04, 2016
The New York Times recently featured an opinion piece that takes a deep dive on the topic of patient safety and covers the work of Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN).
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation, which would break down federal policy barriers that inhibit the use of telehealth to promote greater access and improve health care delivery.
February 03, 2016
On February 2, five members of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee introduced the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016. The legislation is intended to reform the mental and behavioral health systems to support Americans and families touched by mental and behavioral health issues.
February 02, 2016
Hospital stakeholders, including HAP, have again made the case to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the 0.2 percent hospital payment reduction imposed in conjunction with the two-midnight policy is unlawful and should be reversed in full.
February 01, 2016
CMS has announced a proposed rule that would allow organizations approved as qualified entities to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to health care providers, employers, and others to support improved care.
January 29, 2016
January 28, 2016
Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 500 jobs from November to December, for total direct employment of 271,300. This is 400 more hospital jobs than one year ago, December 2014, when the total number was 270,900.
January 27, 2016
January 26, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide to “Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.”
January 22, 2016
Clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) will benefit from a streamlined application process to receive a hardship exception from the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program 2017 payment adjustment as a result of a new federal law.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will discontinue seven special enrollment periods for insurance marketplaces, as of January 1, 2016.
A new study, Insights Report, reveals that the average workers’ compensation incidence rate was highest in the health care industry.
January 21, 2016
A 2016 report issued by Medscape, “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout,” reveals that burnout rates for all physician specialties are higher than last year, as is the reported severity of their burnout.