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Proposed Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Rule Released; Two-Midnight Policy Addressed

July 02, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update calendar year (CY) 2016 payment policies and rates, and quality provisions, under the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system. Additionally, CMS proposes changes to the two-midnight policy in the rule.

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Hospitals Add 1,200 Jobs during May

July 02, 2015

During May, Pennsylvania hospitals added 1,200 jobs for an estimated total of 269,700 jobs. May’s increase reverses four months of hospital job losses since the beginning of this year.

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Legislation Revising Background Check Requirements Signed by Governor

July 01, 2015

The General Assembly approved, and Governor Tom Wolf signed, legislation that further defines who is subject to the background clearance requirements under the new Child Protective Services Law.

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PA Budget Office Issues Guidance Regarding Payments during Budget Impasse

July 01, 2015

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf issued a letter to stakeholders describing the steps the state would be taking should there not be an approved budget for fiscal year 2015–2016.

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Senate Passes Budget That Invests in Health Care; Governor Wolf Vetoes the Spending Plan

July 01, 2015

As expected, yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate approved House Bill 1192, a Republican driven budget plan for 2015–2016 that would provide essential funding for Pennsylvania hospitals. Also as expected, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the bill.

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HAP Commends House and Senate Republicans for Supporting PA Hospitals, Future of Health Care Delivery

June 30, 2015

News Release: Following the passage of the state budget by both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, HAP President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Carter issued the following statement.

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Joint State Government Commission Releases Study about Bedside Nurse Staffing within PA Hospitals

June 30, 2015

The Joint State Government Commission—a non-partisan research organization—released its report, studying the issue of professional bedside nurse staffing within Pennsylvania hospitals, to the House of Representatives.

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HAP Hires Senior Director, Health Care Finance Policy

June 29, 2015

News Release: Effective today, Kathryn Slatt begins her role as senior director, health care finance policy, at HAP.

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House Passes State Budget That Supports Hospitals

June 29, 2015

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a 2015–2016 state spending plan during the weekend, which restores funding for hospital payments. The Senate is expected to approve the plan tomorrow.

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HAP Encourages DHS to Align Incentives, Integrate Services, and Improve Patient Experience in HealthChoices Program

June 26, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in response to its request for input about how to improve the physical health managed care HealthChoices program; and accomplish overall goals of improving health care and public health, and increasing program efficiency.

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LHHS Funding Bill Approved by U.S. Appropriations Committees

June 26, 2015

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees have advanced their respective versions of legislation that would provide discretionary funding for the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services (LHHS), Education, and related agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Pennsylvania and Other States that Rely on the Federal Health Insurance Exchange

June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6–3 that financial subsidies will continue to be available to support insurance coverage for individuals and families in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, with federally-facilitated health insurance exchanges.

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HAP, Hospital Community Supports Supreme Court Subsidies Ruling

June 25, 2015

News Release: HAP President and CEO Andy Carter issued the following statement after the long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court King v. Burwell decision, ruling in favor of subsidies.

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DOH Names Dr. Lauren Hughes as Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation

June 25, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) recently named Dr. Lauren Hughes as the Deputy Secretary for Health Innovation to lead its efforts to create a State Health Care Innovation Plan.

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Patient Notification, Emergency Psychiatric Care, and Physician Supervision Legislation Advance in U.S. Senate

June 24, 2015

Legislation impacting the Pennsylvania hospital community—including a patient notification requirement of observation status, one-year extension of supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services, and extension of a demonstration project to increase access to emergency psychiatric care—unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

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