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Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

October 11, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report examining an increasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care marketplaces.

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Effort to Improve Care Coordination by Modernizing Anti-Fraud Regulations Proposed

October 09, 2019

The Trump Administration today issued two proposed rules that will modernize fraud and abuse laws. 

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week––State Agency Highlights that Hospital Stays for Treatment Exceeded One Million Days during 2018

October 09, 2019

Since 1990, the first full week of October has been dedicated as Mental Illness Awareness Week. A new research brief highlights the number of hospital stays for behavioral health treatment, as HAP advocates for expanded access to care.

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Food Security Summit Spotlights Pennsylvania’s Progress to Fight Hunger

October 08, 2019

The Wolf Administration held its annual food security summit to provide an update about Pennsylvania’s progress to fight hunger. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals also have been working to improve health through food security and healthy eating initiatives.

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Executive Order Calls for Medicare Policy Reforms

October 04, 2019

Yesterday, President Trump issued an executive order calling for Medicare policy reforms intended to encourage innovation, increase seniors’ options for obtaining affordable health care coverage, lower regulatory burdens for providers, and enhance the program’s fiscal sustainability by linking payment to value.

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Site-neutral Payment Policy Impacting Community Care Overturned

September 18, 2019

A federal district court judge ruled that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exceeded its statutory authority when it finalized policy to decrease payments for clinic visits at off-campus outpatient departments.

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New Federal Dollars to Help States Address Opioid Crisis; Focus Aligns with HAP Opioid Learning Action Network Goals

September 05, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to assist with the opioid crisis. 

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AHA Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Regulatory Relief

August 23, 2019

In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seem Verma earlier this month, the American Hospital Association (AHA) highlighted both progress and additional opportunities for federal policymakers to achieve regulatory reforms that reduce administrative complexity and streamline duplicative, antiquated, and contradictory provider regulations.

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HAP Endorses Federal Effort to Protect Patients from Delays in Care, Lauds Rep. Mike Kelly’s Efforts to Standardize Prior Authorization

August 22, 2019

HAP has joined more than 300 patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations in expressing support for bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care.

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CMS to Overhaul Hospital Star Ratings in 2021

August 19, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to update, during 2021, the methodology used to determine the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings published on the Hospital Compare website. CMS will use the current methodology to refresh the ratings during early 2020.

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CMS Reports Show Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Declining among Those Who Do Not Receive Subsidies

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. 

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues “Public Charge” Final Rule

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.  

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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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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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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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