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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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HAP Calls for Modernizing Stark Law to Promote Care Coordination

August 23, 2018

The 1989 physician self-referral law or “Stark Law”—which was designed to address overutilization in a fee-for-service environment—is antiquated and must be modernized to meet the objectives of the new value-based payment system, which rewards quality over quantity of care. In a comment letter issued today, HAP endorsed efforts to modernize Stark Law to enable hospitals and physicians to coordinate care and improve patient outcomes. 

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Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Care Secretaries Face Committee for Confirmation

March 19, 2018

Today, Pennsylvania’s Health and Human Services Committee held the next step in the confirmation process to formally place the acting secretaries for Pennsylvania’s three health agencies.

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Hospital-Related State Legislation Advances Prior to Holiday Break

December 13, 2017

As the Pennsylvania legislature wraps up its last session week of 2017, both chambers considered two pieces of hospital-related legislation: House Bill 1234 and House Bill 1821.

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Senate Committee Considers House Health-Related Legislation

November 14, 2017

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate returned to session after briefly breaking following the final passage of state budget legislation. Today, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee resumed business by considering three different legislative proposals.

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New Joint Commission Pain Management Guidelines Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

September 06, 2017

In response to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission—one of the nation’s largest health care accreditation organizations—has released new pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1. The commission accredits and certifies the majority of hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania, where the opioid crisis has hit especially hard.

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in PA Signed into Law

June 13, 2017

Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 23 into law. Act 4 of 2017 ensures that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver appropriate levels of care. 

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Heads to Governor for Signature

May 23, 2017

As Stroke Awareness Month comes to an end, the Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously to update the stroke designation law, ensuring that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver the appropriate level of care.

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Stroke Center Update Legislation Receives Senate Committee Vote

April 25, 2017

As noted by the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today’s committee vote to update the stroke designation law is aptly timed. The committee unanimously voted House Bill 23 out of the Senate committee.

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New Administration Seeks Regulatory Relief

February 01, 2017

An executive order issued by President Trump—Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs—seeks to reduce the impact and cost of regulations through a “one-in, two-out” regulatory approach.

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Governor Proposes Consolidating State Agencies, Citing Improved Delivery of Health and Welfare Services

January 30, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to consolidate four state agencies—Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs—under a proposed state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would oversee the state’s health and welfare programs.

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New Report Examines Effects of Affordable Care Act Repeal on Hospitals and Health Systems

December 08, 2016

The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals recently released a report that quantifies the impact of a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on hospitals and health systems.

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CMS Issues Final Rule Implementing Payment Policy for Outpatient Services

November 01, 2016

In a final rule issued today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made specific modifications to the implementation of the new payment policy for community-based outpatient services.

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House Health Committee Passes Legislation on Issues Impacting Health Care Providers

October 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee met today to address issues related to hospital stroke designation and the regulation of pain management clinics.

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State Task Force Issues Recommendations on Improving Nursing Home Quality and Safety

October 06, 2016

 The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report developed by the its Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force to improve the quality of care and safety of nursing home residents in Pennsylvania.

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