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Wolf Administration Holds First Warm Hand-off Regional Summit

March 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Wolf Administration held the first of six Warm Hand-off Regional Summits in Harrisburg. With Pennsylvania facing the fourth-highest opioid death rate in the country, these summits are intended to promote collaboration among state government, county governments, county and regional services, private insurers, HAP, behavioral health facilities, and the hospital and provider communities.

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Congress Passes Government Funding Bill; Provides New Resources for Public Health

March 23, 2018

Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that funds the government through fiscal year 2018 and makes investments in key public health initiatives, including efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, respond to behavioral health challenges, advance the discovery of new medical innovations, and promote public health preparedness.

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Changes to MIPS in New Budget Deal

February 13, 2018

Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that ended a brief federal government shutdown. Included in the legislation are modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that will affect physician payments.

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Federal Lawmakers Urge Action on Intravenous Saline Shortages

February 07, 2018

Federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressing concern about nationwide drug shortages, and calling for actions to address current IV saline shortages.

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CMS Announces New Protections to Combat Opioid Crisis

February 02, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes for 2019, which are aimed at combatting the opioid crisis by strengthening patient-doctor-plan communication.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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Wolf Administration Gives Update about Opioid Disaster Declaration

January 29, 2018

State officials today provided an update about the state’s response to Governor Wolf’s heroin and opioid disaster declaration.

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Judge Hears Arguments in the 340B Federal Lawsuit

December 21, 2017

District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras heard arguments from both sides in the American Hospital Association's (AHA) lawsuit to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from reducing Medicare payments for drugs acquired under the 340B program.

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HAP Hosts Webinar about IV Fluids and Medication Shortages

November 20, 2017

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently hosted a webinar, “Insights for Medical Considerations in Management of the Growing IV and Medication Shortage" in response to the shortages of IV fluids.

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Leapfrog Group Issues Report on Hospital Safety

October 31, 2017

Today, the Leapfrog Group has released its 2017 Hospital Safety Grades report that scores hospitals with letter grades to assess infection prevention and cleanliness, support of “strong health care teams,” and error prevention. The report is one of many quality resources that supply information for health care consumers and patients.

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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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PA Awarded $26 Million in Federal Funding to Help Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 20, 2017

US Department of Health and Human Services announced the award of $485 million in grants to help all 50 states and four territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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U.S. Senators Propose Limitations on Opioid Prescriptions; HAP Hosting Opioid Workshops

April 19, 2017

In an ongoing effort by Congress to fight drug addiction and abuse, U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill to impose strict limits on certain opioid prescriptions. The bill sponsors’ home states of New York and Arizona enacted similar legislation.

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Senator Yaw and Representative Cutler Introducing Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation

April 18, 2017

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter today joined providers, advocates, and lawmakers from across the commonwealth to praise the pending introduction of legislation to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) as an option for patients and their families.

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