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Governor’s “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week” Includes Distribution of Free Naloxone

December 10, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf kicked off “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week,” a statewide initiative to distribute naloxone and get help for residents suffering from opioid-use disorder.

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The Number of Uninsured Children in the U.S. Increased for First Time in Almost a Decade

November 30, 2018

Following a historic low during 2016, the uninsured rate among children in the United States has increased. From 2016 to 2017, newly released data from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families shows that an estimated 276,000 more children were uninsured. Nationwide, the percentage of children without health insurance increased from 4.7 percent during 2016, to 5 percent during 2017.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment in Pennsylvania: Signups Down from Last Year

November 29, 2018

Newly released Open Enrollment numbers from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for health insurance signups via HealthCare.gov show that enrollment for 2019 coverage is down compared to last year. Pennsylvania is among the states with the largest enrollment decrease; Pennsylvania hospitals are encouraged to continue their enrollment and outreach efforts.

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HHS Secretary Plans to Increase Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

November 16, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlined how HHS will take a leadership role in addressing social determinants of health.

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HAP Works to Increase Organ and Tissue Donations

November 13, 2018

This week, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 180 into law. The bill creates a framework for public education about organ and tissue donations; clarifies the methods for making anatomical donations; and updates the law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplantations.

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Antibiotics Awareness Week Stresses Appropriate Use of Antibiotics

November 12, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrates November 12–18 as U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week. This annual observance gives hospitals the opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

 

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Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Research Options, Shop for Health Care Coverage

November 09, 2018

During the first week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplace, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that more than 371,000 individuals selected insurance plans via HealthCare.gov. Pennsylvanians have through December 15 to get covered and stay covered.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: UPMC Cole

November 09, 2018

UPMC Cole received HAP’s 2018 “Community Champions” Achievement Award for its successful creation of a regional health care collaborative with network partners focused on addressing the need for coordinated, patient-centered physical, behavioral health and drug and alcohol services for the at-risk population in our rural communities.

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Award-winning Tech Expert Highlights Value of Telemedicine

November 08, 2018

Across the nation, telemedicine (also known as telehealth, connected care, and virtual care) is helping patients gain access to physicians through connected devices, helping to address provider and appointment shortages, and provide convenient care at a lower cost. The platform does not represent a new type of care, but rather a different delivery method that is being embraced by highly regarded providers, businesses, insurers, and health care innovators.

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New Guide Lists Federal Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities

November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a new resource document that lists federal funding and partnership opportunities that can be used to help combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

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Analysis Finds Short-Term Health Insurance Plans May Cost Less by Offering Less Coverage

November 06, 2018

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis that explores why short-term health insurance plans may cost less than other plans found that savings are often achieved by limiting coverage for pre-existing conditions and by providing less comprehensive benefits.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

October 24, 2018

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 27.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Disposal of Dangerous Medications

October 24, 2018

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania urges residents of the commonwealth to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 27.

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New Provider Incentive Payment for Preventive Screening Rates for Children Does Not Violate Anti-Kickback Law

October 22, 2018

A federal agency has cleared the way for a new provider incentive payment focused on keeping children healthier and reducing the impact of chronic disease. 

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Open Enrollment Starts in Two Weeks; HAP, PA Hospitals Encourage Pennsylvanians to Get Covered, Stay Covered

October 19, 2018

With the six-week open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace two weeks away (November 1, 2018, through December 15, 2018), HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals have joined with state government, the insurance community, navigators and assisters, and health care organizations across the state to help Pennsylvanians continue to access affordable, reliable health care coverage.

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