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April 28, 2016
In an effort to improve the health outcomes for the 2.1 million
Pennsylvanians covered under the state’s Medicaid program, the Pennsylvania Department
of Human Services (DHS) announced yesterday
that it will negotiate contracts with eight managed care organizations to deliver physical health services to Pennsylvanians in the
HealthChoices Medicaid program.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule implementing key provisions of a new Quality Payment Program required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
April 27, 2016
Kathleen A. Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aria Health in Philadelphia was elected as HAP board chair during the April 26 HAP board of directors meeting.
Earlier this week,
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-awaited Medicaid
managed care final
rule in an effort to modernize the regulations to reflect changes in the usage
of Medicaid managed care organizations as well as to better align with
rules governing Medicare Advantage and private insurance.
April 26, 2016
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new interim guidance to help protect workers from occupational exposure to the Zika virus. This guidance is especially important to health care employers and their staff.
April 25, 2016
hospital employment increased
by 300 jobs from February 2016 to March 2016, for total direct employment
of 271,300. This is 2,600 more hospital jobs than one year ago, March 2015, when
the total number was 268,700.
the Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, released a series
of policy suggestions aimed at creating a more transparent drug
marketplace, promoting competition and innovation, and rewarding value.
April 22, 2016
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court will have significant implications for how often health care providers are charged with fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA).
April 21, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report identifying the quality of care received under Medicare Advantage by racial or ethnic group.
April 20, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a new timeline for the first public posting of overall hospital star ratings at the Hospital Compare website. Scheduled to be released tomorrow, April 21, 2016, the public posting of star ratings will now be delayed until at least July 2016.
April 19, 2016
As a result of a legal challenge by the American Hospital Association (AHA), which HAP and the Einstein Healthcare Network joined, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed its 0.2 percent payment cut for inpatient services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed fiscal year 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System.
April 18, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be offering the awardees in the Bundled Paymentsfor Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative the opportunity to continue their work to better coordinate and integrate care.
April 15, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on its Regional Budget Payment Concept, which seeks to build upon its experience with a Maryland pilot program and follows growing interest in regional budget payments.
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals encourage individuals to use this day as an opportunity to discuss end-of-life care preferences.