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CMS Final Medicare Shared Savings Program Rules Provide More Flexibility

June 05, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule, providing more flexibility than was in the proposed rule, for the Medicare shared savings program.

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National Hospital and Physician Associations Release Principles on Integrated Leadership

June 05, 2015

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) released six key principles to help guide physicians and hospital leaders who seek to create integrated physician-hospital or health system governance or management models.

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Pennsylvania State Coroners Association Releases Data on Drug Overdoses by County

May 08, 2015

The Pennsylvania State Coroners Association recently released a report which provides statistics about deaths where drugs caused or contributed to the death of an individual during 2014.

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Federal Plan to Increase Physician Residency Slots Comes as PA Works to Address Physician Shortages

May 04, 2015

Federal legislation has been introduced that would add 3,000 Medicare-funded residency slots each fiscal year from 2017 through 2021. At least half of the slots would have to be used for a shortage specialty residency program.

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Joint State Government Commission Releases Physician Shortage Study

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 nationally.

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Funding Available to Reduce Opioid Overdoses in Rural Communities

April 16, 2015

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.

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Newly Established Board Begins Work on Expanding Pennsylvania’s Drug Monitoring Program

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 program.

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U.S. Focuses on Reducing Prescription Opioid Misuse; Builds upon Efforts Underway in Pennsylvania

March 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin-related overdose, death, and dependence.

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Legislation to Repeal SGR Introduced by U.S. House and Senate Leaders

March 19, 2015

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for Medicare physician payments was introduced in the U.S. House today. Absent action by Congress, physicians will see a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payments starting on April 1.

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HAP Lends Expertise to U.S. Senator Toomey’s Effort to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

February 20, 2015

HAP participated in a roundtable discussion convened by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to consider strategies to fight prescription drug and opiate abuse in Pennsylvania.

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