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CMS Working to Strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace; Key Focus on Risk Adjustment

August 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule recommending several changes to how risk adjustment—methods for determining whether patient characteristics will result in higher use of medical services—will be handled in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces.

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Community HealthChoices Awards Announced

August 30, 2016

Today, the departments of Human Services (DHS) and Aging announced that the commonwealth is moving forward to negotiate agreements with three managed care organizations (MCOs) for Community HealthChoices (CHC).

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Wolf Administration Announces Additional Centers of Excellence

August 30, 2016

In addition to the original 20 Centers of Excellence (COE) previously announced, the Wolf Administration has selected 25 additional recipients of the designation.

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JAMA Study: Integrating physical and mental health care improves outcomes, reduces spending

August 29, 2016

Integrating physical and mental health care led to better clinical outcomes, less need for health care services, and overall lower health care spending, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Loan Repayment Available to Doctors Who Serve in a Shortage Areas

August 26, 2016

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is accepting applications from medical and dental students who are in their final year of school and who will commit to provide primary health care services for at least three years in a Health Professional Shortage Area.

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Medicare Coordinated Health Care Model Continues to Improve Quality and Reduce Costs

August 26, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ latest quality and financial performance results found that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations are improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while generating financial savings.

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CMS Issues Analysis on Health Insurance Marketplace; AHA Calls for CMS to Take Further Actions to Stabilize Availability of Affordable Coverage

August 25, 2016

Amid growing concerns nationally that health plans are withdrawing from the health insurance marketplaces, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued an analysis reflecting the availability of affordable options.

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FEMA Issues Proposed Rules for Construction in Flood-Prone Areas

August 24, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a proposed rule requiring companies that use federal funds for construction projects in flood-prone areas (including hospitals and other health care providers) to build on higher ground.

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Pennsylvania Hospital Employment Down by 700 Jobs in July 2016

August 23, 2016

Pennsylvania hospital employment decreased by 700 jobs from June 2016 to July 2016, for total direct employment of 273,800. Despite the drop, this is 3,000 more hospital jobs than one year ago.  

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New Data Shows Prescription Drug Trends: Higher Cost and Utilization

August 22, 2016

The second annual release of data on prescription drug prescribing and cost under the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program validates the increasing costs of prescription drugs and the significant impact on Medicare spending.

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Study Provides Insight into Nation’s Remaining Uninsured

August 19, 2016

The Commonwealth Fund released findings from a recent survey about the nation’s uninsured and why they have not yet signed up for health insurance coverage. An estimated 24 million Americans still lack health insurance coverage.

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South Central PA Hospitals’ Community Health Priorities Align with State’s Health Improvement Plan

August 18, 2016

HAP member hospitals from south central Pennsylvania counties, which also includes Huntingdon County, met with Department of Health (DOH) officials and HAP leaders to continue community-focused health care work begun last year. Their priorities align with those outlined within the Pennsylvania State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). 

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HAP Announces 2016 Achievement Award Winners

August 18, 2016

News Release:  Pennsylvania hospitals continuously work to adopt and implement forward-thinking initiatives in order to provide high-quality, more affordable health care to patients. HAP recognizes these innovative efforts through its respected Achievement Awards program, which began in 1978. Twelve winning submissions were selected this year.

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CMS Addressing Wireless Network Security Issues; Government Must Be Vigilant as Threats Grow

August 17, 2016

A federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report reveals that four weaknesses were found in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) security controls over its wireless networks. According to CMS, the problems either have been addressed, or are in the process of being addressed.

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HAP Testifies During Opioid Hearing, Stresses Tailoring Approaches to Meet Community Needs

August 16, 2016

The House Republican and Democrat Policy Committees co-hosted a hearing at Temple University Hospital about the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. HAP’s Michael Consuelos, MD testified about how Pennsylvania's hospitals are working with their communities to address this issue.

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