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Health Insurance Exchange Customers Want Reliable Information, Hospitals and Insurers Have Key Role

August 04, 2015

A new study reveals that public health insurance exchange customers are different from those with other sources of insurance coverage, such as employers, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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CMS Issues Final Medicare Payment Rules for FFY 2016

August 03, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a series of Medicare payment rules that are scheduled to take effect October 1, 2015, the start of federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge FCC to Protect Wireless Patient Monitoring

August 03, 2015

Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) joined 15 colleagues on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee in signing a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay action that could interfere with wireless patient monitoring.

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CMS Issues Final Rule for 2016 Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities Payments

July 31, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) which outlines the 2016 Medicare payment rates under the SNF prospective payment system.

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National Reports Released About Health Expenditures and the Role of Medicare and Medicaid

July 31, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its national health expenditure projections for 2014–2024.

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Hospital Payment Reform Legislation Introduced by U.S. House Ways & Means Committee

July 30, 2015

The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee has introduced a series of bills that would change the way hospital payments are provided.

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U.S. Senate Passes NOTICE Act; Awaits Signature into Law

July 29, 2015

The U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation requiring oral and written notification to patients about their outpatient status when receiving care under observation.

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U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee Reviews Hospital Payment Issues

July 28, 2015

In preparation for the release of a proposal touching on a variety of hospital payment policies, the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health dedicated two hearings during July to explore recommendations by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and challenges facing rural providers.

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HAP Submits Comments about Federal Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule

July 27, 2015

HAP submitted comments today about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed Medicaid managed care and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) rule.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Created 1,300 More Jobs during June

July 24, 2015

Pennsylvania hospitals have long been an economic engine for the commonwealth. Last month, they added 1,300 jobs to their payrolls for total direct employment of 270,900 jobs.

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HAP Announces 2015 Achievement Award Winners

July 24, 2015

News Release: Pennsylvania hospitals are constantly working and challenging themselves to adopt forward-thinking processes and care models in order to provide the best possible quality of care and patient experience.

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DHS Takes Next Steps in Implementing Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program

July 23, 2015

The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently outlined its next steps towards implementing a Managed Long-Term Services and Supports program in Pennsylvania to improve care coordination and health outcomes for Pennsylvania seniors and individuals living with disabilities, while allowing more individuals to live in their community.

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DOH Report Shows Continued Progress in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections in Pennsylvania

July 22, 2015

Pennsylvania remains a leader in the prevention of health care-associated infections in the nation, according to a recently released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) about health care-associated infections throughout the state during 2013.

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CMS Announces New Hospice Care and Curative Treatment Model

July 21, 2015

Under a new Medicare Care Choices Model announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries may elect to receive hospice services from participating hospices while concurrently receiving curative care.

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DHS Releases Proposed Changes to the HealthChoices Program

July 20, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) released a list of proposed changes to be included in the procurement for the Medicaid HealthChoices program to stakeholders today.

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