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State House Passes Important Bill to Protect Hospital and Health Care Providers

February 12, 2016

The State House unanimously passed House Bill 1219 (Ward, R-Hollidaysburg), which would raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner in a health care facility. The penalty would increase the offense from a second-degree misdemeanor to a felony.

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National Donor Day Celebrates the Power of Donation; Hospitals Play Key Role in Awareness

February 12, 2016

Sunday, February 14, is National Donor Day. The recognition day provides an opportunity to remind individuals of the life-saving and life-changing power of organ donation. Advocates also educate Pennsylvanians about the need for increased donor registrations. 

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HAP Reminds Health Care Providers to Adhere to Medicare Overpayment Compliance in CMS Rule

February 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule related to reporting and returning Medicare overpayments. Health care providers and suppliers could face potential False Claims Act liability, Civil Monetary Penalties Law liability, and exclusion from federal health care programs, for failure to adhere to the final rule.

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PA House Passes Bill to Restore Funding for Hospital-Based Burn Centers, Lawmakers Lead Way to Restore Critical Access Hospital and OB/NICU Funds

February 10, 2016

Today, the State House passed House Bill (HB) 1803, legislation sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lower Macungie Twp.) to restore $3.78 million in state funding for hospital-based burn centers. If enacted into law, this state appropriation could be used to draw down an additional $4 million in federal matching funds for these important health care facilities.

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President’s Budget Proposes New Public Health, Medical Research and Drug Cost Initiatives, Savings from Federal Health Care Programs

February 09, 2016

President Obama presented the fiscal year 2017 budget today, which includes new initiatives to advance medical research, address public health issues including opioid abuse and the Zika virus, and lower drug prices. The proposal also outlines legislative proposals that would produce net projected savings of $376 billion from health care programs.

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Governor’s Budget Address Focuses on 2015–2016 Budget, Hospital Supplemental Payments Remain in Jeopardy

February 09, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf’s fiscal year 2016–2017 state budget address focused on the unresolved 2015–2016 state budget, the crisis threatening the commonwealth, and the consequences of inaction. He believes the problem is mathematical, and pointed to the potential for a $2 billion budget deficit by July 2017.  

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CDC Releases Report on Adult Vaccination Coverage

February 08, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its first comprehensive report about adult vaccination coverage. The report includes demographic characteristics of respondents and their access to health care.

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Second New York Times Patient Safety Piece Points to PA Hospital Engagement Network Efforts

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.

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Open Enrollment Ends; Nearly 440,000 Pennsylvanians Covered in Marketplace

February 05, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released overall enrollment information for the federal health insurance marketplace.

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New York Times Points to Hospital Engagement Networks as Leaders in Patient Safety

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).

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Federal Proposal to Expand Telehealth Would Reduce Costs and Improve Quality of Care

February 04, 2016

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.

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U.S. House Members Introduce Behavioral Health System Reform Bill

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.

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Hospital Community Presses for Relief from Unlawful Two-Midnight Payment Reduction

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.

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Proposed Rule Would Advance Sharing or Selling Analyses of Claims Data to Improve Health Care

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.

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Influenza Immunization of Health Care Workers—Earn Your Stripes Campaign

January 29, 2016

Vaccinating health care personnel against influenza is a key component in assuring patient safety. The Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition is now issuing  certificates of recognition for organizations under the “Earn Your Stripes” campaign.

 

 

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