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August 16, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released two reports that identify trends in the individual health insurance marketplace (also known as the exchange) for 2018, and provide insight about the market for 2019.
August 14, 2019
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a final rule that would impact the ability of lawfully present immigrants to change or prolong their legal immigration status if the federal government determines that they may rely too much on public benefits.
August 01, 2019
A new federal pilot program will give clinicians direct access to claims data, a critical step to improving patient care.
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.
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.
July 19, 2019
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.
July 16, 2019
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it is seeking comment about its proposed Connected Care Pilot, a program that would help address a key barrier to implementing telemedicine in some rural areas—broadband access.
July 15, 2019
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to launch the “Advancing American Kidney Health” initiative. The three-pronged executive order is aimed at revamping the way America treats kidney disease.
July 09, 2019
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement regarding the hospital community’s response to the announced closure of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia.
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.
June 18, 2019
Leaders from organizations representing Pennsylvania health care providers reinforced the importance of Medicaid during meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
One of HAP’s endorsed partners, Vizient, will be collaborating with Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that is committed to stabilizing the supply of essential generic medications in a hospital setting.
June 17, 2019
Findings from a 340B Health survey reveal that the 340B Drug Pricing Program generated average savings of $11.8 million nationally during 2018, and the savings are being used to benefit low-income and rural patients.
June 14, 2019
According to a recent Commonwealth Fund study, Pennsylvania has the third highest death rate from drug overdoses (behind Ohio and West Virginia) and mortality rates from drug overdoses were at least five times higher than rates for alcohol-related deaths and about three times higher than suicide rates.