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April 20, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2016 payment policies and rates under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital prospective payment system (LTCH PPS).
April 17, 2015
The Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute released a report about the “Gains in Health Insurance Coverage under the ACA as of March 2015.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added “star ratings” to its Hospital Compare website to display ratings of patients’ experience of their hospital care. Hospitals receive ratings of one to five stars (with five stars being the highest score).
April 16, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a prospective payment system proposed rule outlining Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year (FY) 2016.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to review post-acute care payment reform concepts; and next steps in considering policy proposals on bundling and care coordination.
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announced the
availability of funding to reduce the incidences of deaths related to opioid
overdoses in rural communities.
April 15, 2015
The U.S. House
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee heard testimony from top public health officials about Ebola response
and preparedness efforts; and the use of emergency funding provided by Congress
during December 2014.
The U.S. Senate
passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP
Reauthorization Act of 2015,
by a vote of 92-8, sending the legislation to the President for signature
April 14, 2015
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a report
about the quality of health care in the United States; and disparities in care
by different socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups.
April 13, 2015
The Commonwealth Court issued a ruling affirming a ruling of the Philadelphia Court
of Common Pleas. The lower court had voided a portion of the reduction in payments
the state would receive from the major tobacco companies participating in the Tobacco
Master Settlement Agreement.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released
a proposed rule that would modify the reporting period for the Medicare and Medicaid
Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program during 2015 to a 90-day
period aligned with the calendar year.
April 10, 2015
from Pennsylvania hospitals testified during a House Republican Policy Committee hearing about the medical aspects of organ donation in the
April 09, 2015
The Department of
Health (DOH) convened the first meeting of the Achieving Better Care by
Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Board to begin work on developing
the policies and procedures that will expand Pennsylvania’s drug monitoring
April 08, 2015
Pennsylvania Homecare Association, United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania,
two consumers of home care services, and a direct home care worker have filed a petition in Commonwealth Court challenging Governor Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-05.
After further analysis of Governor Wolf’s proposed state budget, HAP can confirm that hospitals and health systems face a total of $166.5
million in cuts (state and federal) in the budget.