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Report Looks at High Health Care Spenders; Provides Insight for Provider Initiatives

August 02, 2019

A Kaiser Family Foundation report recently looked at people with persistently high health care spending and determined that a small share of people account for a large share of expenditures during any year. 

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CMS Builds on Success of Medicare Blue Button 2.0, Pilots Program to Give Clinicians Claims Data

August 01, 2019

A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.

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ACA Plans Increase Consumer Options; Request Modest Increases

July 31, 2019

Pennsylvania's Insurance Commissioner released the 2020 requested rate filings for health insurance plans, highlighting greater consumer choice.

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Extension of “Excellence in Mental Health” Demonstration Program is Good News for PA

July 31, 2019

Congress passed a short-term extension of a critical behavioral health demonstration program to expand access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings. Eight pilot states, including Pennsylvania, are impacted.

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National Hospital Associations Release Paper Calling for Updates to Patient Experience Survey to Improve Patient Care

July 30, 2019

Five major hospital associations have released a paper recommending updates to the HCAHPS survey to better reflect the changes and advancements in health care and improve patient care.

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New Study Looks at National Progress on Expanding Telehealth Coverage and Reimbursement

July 29, 2019

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently issued a report stating that more states than ever are taking steps to expand telehealth coverage and reimbursement.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: WellSpan Health

July 26, 2019

WellSpan Health was awarded the 2019 HAP Achievement Award, Living the Vision, for its project, “Linking Community Partnerships, Innovations, and Hospital Operations to Solve Community Challenges and Achieve Better Outcomes for Fellow Community Members.”

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33 PA Health Care Groups Agree: Reform Insurance Prior Authorization Practices

July 24, 2019

In HAP’s latest blog, President and CEO Andy Carter shares how a coalition of 33 health care organizations that represent Pennsylvania providers is calling for commonsense reforms to protect against prior authorization red tape that can keep patients from getting the health care they need when they need it.

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Proposed Federal Rule Could Cut SNAP Benefits to Millions, Increase Food Insecurity

July 23, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an upcoming a proposed rule that would limit its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), saving the department a reported $2.5 billion annually and cutting benefits to some three million people.

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PA Hospital Rural Residency Program Receives Federal Recognition, Grant Funding

July 18, 2019

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Lehigh Valley Health Network participated in an event that announced a grant to fund a new rural residency program in the commonwealth.

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: UPMC Pinnacle

July 17, 2019

Heart failure is a common condition in the United States, and one that is associated with high mortality and costs. UPMC Pinnacle for improving the care coordination and outcomes for heart failure patients through an award-winning project. 

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HAP’s Achievement Award Spotlight: Fox Chase Cancer Center

July 10, 2019

Hospitals all throughout Pennsylvania are implementing inspiring initiatives to bring better care to their patients. One facility that is making award-winning progress is Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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Governor Wolf Signs State-Based Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

July 02, 2019

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, and stakeholders for the signing of House Bill 3, which creates the Health Insurance Exchange Authority to operate a state-based health insurance exchange for individual market plans. 

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Tackling Food Insecurity Requires Commitment from Everyone

June 21, 2019

This week, several state leaders emphasized the importance of partnership efforts to address hunger insecurity. HAP's social determinants of health collaborative and COACH initiative are fully engaged.

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Health Care Costs Legislation Moves Toward Committee Consideration; Includes Patient Protections

June 20, 2019

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee took steps to advance a package of policies that address health care costs—including a policy to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

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