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U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee Reviews Hospital Payment Issues

July 28, 2015

In preparation for the release of a proposal touching on a variety of hospital payment policies, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health dedicated two hearings during July to explore recommendations by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and challenges facing rural providers.

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HAP Submits Comments about Federal Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule

July 27, 2015

HAP submitted comments today about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed Medicaid managed care and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) rule.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Created 1,300 More Jobs during June

July 24, 2015

Pennsylvania hospitals have long been an economic engine for the commonwealth. Last month, they added 1,300 jobs to their payrolls for total direct employment of 270,900 jobs.

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HAP Announces 2015 Achievement Award Winners

July 24, 2015

News Release: Pennsylvania hospitals are constantly working and challenging themselves to adopt forward-thinking processes and care models in order to provide the best possible quality of care and patient experience.

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DHS Takes Next Steps in Implementing Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program

July 23, 2015

The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently outlined its next steps towards implementing a Managed Long-Term Services and Supports program in Pennsylvania to improve care coordination and health outcomes for Pennsylvania seniors and individuals living with disabilities, while allowing more individuals to live in their community.

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DOH Report Shows Continued Progress in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections in Pennsylvania

July 22, 2015

Pennsylvania remains a leader in the prevention of health care-associated infections in the nation, according to a recently released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) about health care-associated infections throughout the state during 2013.

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CMS Announces New Hospice Care and Curative Treatment Model

July 21, 2015

Under a new Medicare Care Choices Model announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries may elect to receive hospice services from participating hospices while concurrently receiving curative care.

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DHS Releases Proposed Changes to the HealthChoices Program

July 20, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released a list of proposed changes to be included in the procurement for the Medicaid HealthChoices program to stakeholders today.

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Primary Care Career Fair Collaboration Provides Opportunity for Workforce Recruitment Efforts

July 17, 2015

HAP is collaborating with the Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center, a cooperative venture of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers, to provide two primary care career fairs to assist its member hospitals and health systems with their workforce recruitment efforts.

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CMS Releases Star Ratings for Home Health Care

July 16, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published, for the first time, star ratings for the quality of patient care provided by home health agencies.

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Number of Early-Term Deliveries Decrease Nationally and in Pennsylvania

July 16, 2015

A recently released annual report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, found that U.S. infants born before 37 weeks of age fell by one-tenth of a percent during 2013 to 11.4 percent (down from 12.8% during 2006).

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HAP Encourages DHS to Integrate Services, Improve Patient Experience in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Model

July 15, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in response to its Managed Long-Term Services and Supports discussion document released during June to improve the quality of care for Pennsylvania seniors and individuals living with disabilities.

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HAP, Pennsylvania Hospitals Honored by HHS for Organ Donation Awareness Efforts

July 14, 2015

HAP and 11 Pennsylvania hospitals were among those recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for their voluntary efforts to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation as a part of its Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

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CMS Proposes Revised Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities to Improve Patient Care

July 14, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would revise the requirements that long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Efforts Increasing to Encourage Use of Digital Health Care Data Among Patients and Providers

July 13, 2015

The National Partnership for Women & Families has launched a national campaign to support patients in asking for, getting, and effectively using their digital health care data.

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