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April 24, 2015
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House Ways & Means Committee marked-up a package of trade bills, and included an extension of the Medicare sequestration cut to offset funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides benefits to workers impacted by trade agreements.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule governing Medicare payment policies and rates for the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system (IRF PPS). The proposal also details the inpatient rehabilitation facility quality reporting program.
April 23, 2015
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently released a performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s (L&I) implementation and enforcement of Act 102 of 2008—the Prohibition of Excessive Overtime Act.
April 22, 2015
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee voted unanimously to report Ted Dallas’ nomination as Secretary of Human Services to the full Senate for consideration.
Increased transparency of health care quality and costs is a top health concern for the public, according to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has prepared training and informational guides to help providers, businesses, and community partners assist individuals with enrolling in the new HealthChoices Adult benefits plan—as part of Medicaid expansion.
April 21, 2015
The Joint State Government Commission has released its report examining the physician shortage in Pennsylvania. The report
concludes that a physician shortage does exist in Pennsylvania, as it does
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued an update and notification of changes being implemented to the Medical Assistance provider enrollment process to improve the enrollment process and reduce backlogs of pending applications.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced its system for providing adult protective services by choosing a statewide provider for investigating cases and providing protective services; and releasing information about how to report suspected abuse.
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.