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Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP advocates for southeast Pennsylvania hospital and health care-related organizations including more than 50 acute and specialty care hospitals and health systems, 30 facilities providing inpatient behavioral health services and 20 facilities providing rehabilitation.
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November 25, 2015
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has approved a new Network Adequacy Model law, which contains a framework for addressing health care access and balance billing.
Pennsylvania hospital employment increased by 1,000 jobs from September to October, for total direct employment of 271,700. This is 2,800 more hospital jobs than one year ago, October 2013, when the total number was 268,900.
According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance’s State of the State: Hospital Performance in Pennsylvania 2015, Pennsylvania hospitals improved their performance in the areas of process, outcomes and patient experiences from 2013–2014.
November 24, 2015
HAP, with member input, has weighed in with federal regulators about a proposed federal rule that could result in less patient access and delayed clinical care.
Last week, hospitals and health care organizations participating in the HAP Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (HAP PA-HEN) launched the next generation of a program to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
November 23, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed Noticeof Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017, which proposes changes to payment parameters and new standards to improve consumers’ experience for plans in the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplaces. CMS is seeking comments on the proposed changes by December 21.
November 20, 2015
In a policy briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., hospital leaders had the opportunity to articulate to Congressional staff the importance of the 340B drug pricing program and highlight concerns with recent program guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
November 19, 2015
The state House Insurance Committee has unanimously approved legislation, House Bill 1633, to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through December 31, 2017. CHIP provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
News Release: Innovative patient safety initiatives from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Doylestown Hospital were honored at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) of The Hospital & Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP) held on November 6, 2015, in King of Prussia, PA.
November 18, 2015
A package of bills aimed at deterring opioid abuse has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The legislation was introduced in response to a report by the Joint State Government Commission Task Force and Advisory Committee on Opioid Prescription Drug Proliferation.
Two bills addressing behavioral health priorities—prenatal
opioid abuse and infant opioid dependency, and access to emergency
psychiatric care—have cleared the U.S. House and await signature into law.
November 17, 2015
The Senate Aging and Youth Committee unanimously approved the Care Act, House Bill 1329, which reinforces the concept that patients and families are best served when a patient’s health care team and caregiver(s) are in close contact as a patient is being released from the hospital.
The most recent public information about the financial health of the 76 non-general acute care (GAC) hospitals (rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care, and specialty hospitals) in Pennsylvania shows mixed results.
News Release: DVHC of HAP presented its 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award to Representative Tom Killion (R-District 168) in honor of his strong advocacy for hospitals, the health care community, and health care consumers in Pennsylvania.
November 16, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is providing an education webinar to help hospitals and other health care providers meet Medicaid health information technology meaningful use requirements.