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CMS Continues Push for Value through Mandatory Bundling

July 26, 2016

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accelerated the agency’s efforts to shift from volume to value by expanding bundled payment initiatives that pay health care providers for an episode of care. CMS is spurring broader adoption of new delivery models by requiring mandatory participation.

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PA Health Care Providers Participate in New Initiative Targeting Heart Attacks and Strokes

July 25, 2016

Twenty-three Pennsylvania health care practitioners, including several hospitals and health systems across the state, will be participating in a new Million Hearts® initiative aimed at identifying and implementing individualized approaches for Medicare beneficiaries to reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

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CDC Updates Interim Guidance on Prevention of Zika, Caring for Exposed Pregnant Women

July 25, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated interim guidance for the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus, and for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Increases Access to Telephonic Psychiatric Services

July 22, 2016

Today the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the contract awards for the Pennsylvania’s Telephonic Psychiatric Consultation Service Program (TiPS).

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HRSA Workforce Grants Announced

July 21, 2016

More than $149 million in federal grant funding was awarded this week by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in support of workforce education and training programs. The funding supports programs that will provide primary care professionals in underserved areas across the nation.

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Zika Testing Guidance Released in the Wake of Growing Zika Concerns

July 21, 2016

Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has released Zika virus testing guidance. This release comes in the wake of several media outlets reporting the possibility of the first locally transmitted mosquito-to-human case in the U.S.

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CMS Lauds Savings through Program Integrity Efforts

July 20, 2016

In a report highlighting the success of its Program Integrity initiative, which combats provider fraud, waste, and abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pointed to $42 billion in savings in Medicare and Medicaid over the two-year period.

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Wolf Administration Talks Safe Opioid Prescribing at State Capitol

July 19, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference today to discuss the latest steps taken to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, which include board approvals of specific safe prescribing guidelines.

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Receives $3 Million Federal Grant to Fund Opioid Addiction Treatment in Rural Communities

July 18, 2016

The Department of Human Services (DHS) announced last Friday that it received nearly $3 million in federal grant funding to double the number of primary care physicians delivering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in rural Pennsylvania.

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CMS Estimates Health Care Expenditures to Grow to 20 Percent of Economy

July 15, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its national health expenditure projections for 2015–2025, finding that health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year, from 17.5 percent in 2014 to 20.1 percent by 2025.

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Federal Nondiscrimination Law Goes Into Effect July 18

July 15, 2016

On Monday, July 18, federal regulations go into effect that clarify Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). This section of the law prohibits sex discrimination in any hospital or health program that receives federal funds.

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‘Pokémon GO’ Encourages Physical Activity, but Causes Concerns for Hospitals

July 14, 2016

A new smartphone app, Nintendo’s Pokémon GO, has some health experts are praising the app for increasing physical activity while others are concerned about individuals overexerting themselves. HAP reminds players to consider their fitness level, and be aware of their surroundings and possible dangers while playing the game.

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State Budget Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

Pennsylvania’s $31.63 billion 2016–2017 state budget was completed yesterday when Governor Wolf signed the revenue package that supports the plan. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals are pleased with the final spending plan, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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Federal Opioid Legislation Clears Congress

July 14, 2016

After months of legislative effort, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have passed a comprehensive package of policies to address the growing opioid epidemic. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) authorizes a wide array of grants to carry out a comprehensive opioid abuse response through education, treatment, and recovery efforts. 

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State Budget Shows Commitment to Pennsylvania Health Care

July 14, 2016

News Release: HAP today issued a statement from President and CEO Andy Carter in response to the work completed on the 2016–2017 state budget, which continues funding to support the work of health care providers in the commonwealth.

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