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New York Times Points to Hospital Engagement Networks as Leaders in Patient Safety

February 04, 2016

The New York Times recently featured an opinion piece that takes a deep dive on the topic of patient safety and covers the work of Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN).

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Physician Burnout Increasing, Specialists Point to Bureaucratic Tasks, Long Hours, and Computerization

January 21, 2016

A 2016 report issued by Medscape, “Medscape Lifestyle Report 2016: Bias and Burnout,” reveals that burnout rates for all physician specialties are higher than last year, as is the reported severity of their burnout.

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New Alternative Payment Model Framework Advances Value-Based Payment Goals

January 19, 2016

A new white paper has laid out the terms and concepts that will serve as a foundation to increase the adoption of value-based health care payments and alternative payment models.

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Telemedicine Grant Assistance Available to Help Connect Rural Areas

January 15, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced grants of up to $500,000 for equipment and technical assistance to provide telemedicine services in rural areas for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Updated National and State Data on Hospitals and Health Care Practitioners

January 14, 2016

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released updated national and state data that includes facts about hospitals and nursing homes, including utilization by race and ethnicity; health care practitioners, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists; health centers and health shortage areas; and health care employment.

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    Health Care Providers Join New Accountable Care Organizations to Drive Patient-Centric Care

    January 12, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced 121 new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participants. This announcement signals that this patient-centric model of care, which stresses the delivery of high-quality care, while maintaining or lowering costs, is proving to be successful.

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    HAP and the PA Medical Society Seek Clarification About Child Protective Services Law

    December 23, 2015

    HAP and the Pennsylvania Medical Society have sent a joint letter to the state Department of Human Services requesting that the department provide a formal interpretation of the Child Protective Services Law. 

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    CMS Releases Plan to Support the Transition to Value-Based Payment for Physicians

    December 21, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is beginning the process of creating new physician payment systems, and seeking input from health care stakeholders on the quality measures that will be used to determine physician payments.

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    Medical Licensure Compact Bill Introduced to Address Access and Physician Shortages

    October 07, 2015

    Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has filed House Bill 1619 to permit Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Participation in the compact would expand access to health care, especially for rural and medically underserved communities.

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    PA Department of Human Services Plans Changes to Medicaid MCO Credentialing Time Frames

    October 02, 2015

    The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently provided an update on efforts it has taken to address the amount of time it takes for providers to be enrolled in the Medical Assistance Program.

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    CMS Announces Major Investment in Collaborative Health Care Networks to Support Quality and Education Initiatives for Physicians

    September 30, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians. CMS will invest $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations as part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI).

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    Pennsylvania to Receive Funding to Combat Prescription Drug Overdoses

    September 11, 2015

    Pennsylvania has been awarded $900,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the growing opioid epidemic in the commonwealth.

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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 Releases Proposed Updates to Physician Fee Schedule

    July 09, 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update payment policies and rates and quality provisions for services provided under the Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016.

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    PA Legislature Returns to Work on State Budget; Other Health Care Issues Being Considered

    June 08, 2015

    The Pennsylvania General Assembly returns to Harrisburg to continue working on the state budget and related issues.

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