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Hospitals Seek to Overturn New Payment Policy Jeopardizing Community Care

December 06, 2018

In a lawsuit filed this week, hospitals and hospital advocates—including the American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)—argued that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is acting outside the law by imposing a harmful new payment policy that reduces reimbursement and jeopardizes the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of their patients in community-based settings.

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U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, Labor Release Health Care Competition Report

December 04, 2018

In fulfillment of an October, 2017, presidential Executive Order, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor today released a report intended to make recommendations that would facilitate a high-quality, affordable health care system by promoting choice and competition.

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GAO Releases Recommendations for CMS about Managed Care Encounter Data Reporting

November 20, 2018

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) give states more information to ensure regulatory compliance regarding encounter data reliability in managed care organizations (MCO). The GAO found that CMS has provided states with limited information on how to fulfill new regulatory requirements related to encounter data reliability.

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Under ACA, Employment Rates and Employer-sponsored Insurance Rose along with Coverage Expansion

November 16, 2018

New analysis indicates that health insurance coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were well-targeted to workers and their dependents who most needed help.

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VIDEO: HAP Digs Deep into Election Results, Implications for PA Hospitals

November 15, 2018

HAP's Andy Carter and association advocates dig into the election results and analyze what they mean for the future of health care in Pennsylvania.

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New Guide Lists Federal Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities

November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a new resource document that lists federal funding and partnership opportunities that can be used to help combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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News Release: HAP Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections

November 07, 2018

News Release:  Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the 2018 midterm election results were finalized. 

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Under CMS Proposal, Seniors Could Gain More Access to Telemedicine

October 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule last week that would increase access to telemedicine services for older adults with Medicare Advantage health plans.

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Responding to New Federal Guidance, Governor Vows to Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections

October 29, 2018

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will work to maintain consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the face of the Trump Administration’s new guidance for state innovation waivers.

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Hospitals Seek Policy Changes to Remove Barriers to Quality Improvement Efforts

October 26, 2018

Hospitals and health systems have made great strides to improve quality of care, such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries.  

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HAP Will Monitor Trump Administration Health Insurance Changes; Consumer Education Will be Critical

October 23, 2018

The Trump Administration made back-to-back announcements this week about changes to insurance market policies stemming from the Affordable Care Act. Consumer education will be important.

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New Provider Incentive Payment for Preventive Screening Rates for Children Does Not Violate Anti-Kickback Law

October 22, 2018

A federal agency has cleared the way for a new provider incentive payment focused on keeping children healthier and reducing the impact of chronic disease. 

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Uninsured Rates for Lowest Income Pennsylvanians Have Decreased More than 50 Percent Since Medicaid Expansion

October 18, 2018

While disparities in insurance rates by income levels remain, they have diminished significantly, in Pennsylvania largely due to Medicaid expansion efforts. This information was recently shared in a research brief, Healthcare Insurance Coverage in Pennsylvania 2010 to 2016, prepared by The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg.

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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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