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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Calls for Shared Responsibility

October 05, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).The NCSAM theme for 2018 is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which emphasizes that cyberspace cannot be secured without the help of all users.

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Federal Opioid Policy Package Clears Congress for Enactment into Law

October 04, 2018

After months of legislative attention and policy negotiation, Congress passed new legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

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New Study Reinforces Importance of Appropriate Reimbursement for Hospital-level Care

October 03, 2018

A new study exploring the characteristics of Medicare patients receiving care in hospital outpatient departments reinforces concerns that new payment proposals—which would significantly cut hospital payments—could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.

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CMS Launches eMedicare Initiative to Expand Online Resources

October 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new resource to offer Medicare beneficiaries and their families easier access to more information about their plan and coverage.

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PA Receives $55.9 Million in Federal Funds to Continue Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 28, 2018

Last week, Pennsylvania secured $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant implementation the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. This funding complements two $26.5 million grants that have been received during the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Federal, State Efforts to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Move Forward

September 28, 2018

At the federal level, the U.S. House cleared a pair of Senate bills aimed at making it easier for patients to get the lowest price on prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump. At the state level, the Senate Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill that would do the same, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration.

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HAP Launches "The Curbside Advocate" Podcast

September 27, 2018

News Release:  To help connect clinicians with the issues that matter most to their profession, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has launched The Curbside Advocate, a friendly, peer-to-peer podcast, hosted by Michael J. Consuelos, MD, senior vice president, clinical integration.

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New CMS Rule Provides Regulatory Relief for Providers

September 18, 2018

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule designed to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens associated with Medicare’s health care facility compliance regulations. CMS projects savings of nearly $5.2 billion and reduction of 53 million hours of administrative burden through 2021.  

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New Census Reporting Confirms that PA’s Uninsured Rate Held Steady at 5.5% for 2017; Cuts to Navigator Funding Pose Challenges for 2019 Open Enrollment

September 17, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau last week announced good news for Pennsylvania’s health care. Despite uncertainty stemming from federal policy actions that could have undermined marketplace enrollment during 2017, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate held steady at a low 5.5 percent.

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Advocates for Medical Research Call for Investments in the National Institutes of Health

September 14, 2018

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority.

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HAP Outlines Priorities for Physician Payment Policy

September 11, 2018

This week, HAP provided feedback for newly proposed policies that will impact how physicians are paid and seek to promote the goals of an initiative to encourage providers to focus on “Patients over Paperwork.”

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Legislation Championed by Senator Casey to Support Training of Pediatricians Poised to Become Law

September 06, 2018

The U.S. Senate approved legislation, spearheaded by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA), that will support and reinforce the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

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Hospitals Refile Lawsuit to Reverse 340B Cuts

September 05, 2018

Several national provider organizations and three hospital plaintiffs refiled their lawsuit to reverse Medicare payment cuts for many hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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Forty Eight Percent of Survey Respondents Support National Health Insurance Program

August 31, 2018

According to the results of PwC’s Health Research Institute survey on national health plans, 48 percent of respondents support a national health insurance program available to all Americans in which physician practices and hospitals would remain private, while 57 percent support expanding Medicaid eligibility to any US resident.

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CMS Announces New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children

August 29, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new Innovation Center state payment and local service delivery model, Integrated Care for Kids (InCK), to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

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