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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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American Hospital Association Refutes Recent 340B Study

February 05, 2018

An American Hospital Association blog responds to a recent study about the340B Drug Pricing Program, questioning its validity.  

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: UPMC Susquehanna

February 02, 2018

UPMC Susquehanna received a HAP Achievement Award for improving maternity care and surgical instrument tracking.

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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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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing two award-winning programs developed by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center that improved patient care in the Oncology Intensive Care Unit and reduced hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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House Professional Licensure Committee Tackles Challenges of Nurse Collaborative Agreements

January 24, 2018

Today, the House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting for legislators to learn more about the mechanics of collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CNP) and physicians. The meeting was prompted by legislative interest in HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100 which would allow CNPs to care for patients without a collaborative agreement after 3,600 hours or three years working with a physician.

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HAP Achievement Award Winner Spotlight: Lankenau Medical Center

January 19, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week, we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Lankenau Medical Center that improved access to food and nutrition services for members of its community.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Bradford Regional Medical Center

January 12, 2018

Incredible work is being done across the state as Pennsylvania hospitals step up to improve health care and implement programs to tackle societal challenges. This week we’re sharing the award-winning program developed by Bradford Regional Medical Center that addresses violence as a community health issue. 

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

January 05, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. Each year, HAP honors hospitals and health systems for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to patient care through its annual Achievement Awards program. In 2017, HAP selected 13 winning programs from more than 100 entries.

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Federal Report Provides Roadmap to Help People with Serious Mental Illness and Emotional Disturbance

December 22, 2017

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee released its first report to Congress about issues related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance.

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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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New Resources Available about Sharing Mental and Behavioral Health Information to Improve Patient Treatment

December 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing new and updated information at its website about sharing mental and behavioral health information with a goal of improving patient care.

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New Physician Quality Information Available at Physician Compare; HAP’s Care in PA also Helpful

December 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new quality information to its Physician Compare website to help consumers make better health care decisions.

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DHS Responds to PA Hospitals Questions as Community HealthChoices Rollout Nears

December 15, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is on track to implement Phase One of Community HealthChoices (CHC), Pennsylvania’s new Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program in 14 southwestern counties on January 1, 2018.

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