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Support Builds for Federal Opioid Workforce Act

December 05, 2019

Support continues to build for a federal effort to train more doctors equipped to combat the opioid epidemic and help alleviate the doctor shortage, with the introduction of S. 2892, the Opioid Workforce Act in the U.S. Senate.

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Hospital Groups File Lawsuit Challenging CMS Mandated Disclosure of Negotiated Rates

December 04, 2019

Today, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and three other national organizations representing hospitals and health systems filed a lawsuit against the federal government challenging a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that mandates public disclosure of payer-specific negotiated rates between commercial health insurers and hospitals.

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VA Reports that Veterans’ Use of Telemedicine on the Rise

December 03, 2019

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reported that more than 900,000 Veterans used telemedicine services during fiscal year (FY) 2019, up 17 percent from the previous year. This correlates to 2.6 million episodes of telemedicine care during FY 2019.

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It’s National Influenza Week, Providing Important Reminder about Importance of Flu Shots

December 02, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named December 1–7 National Influenza Vaccination Week, highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination, even now that the holiday season has begun.

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HAP Provides Input about Improving Health Care Outcomes in Underserved Communities

November 27, 2019

As federal policymakers grapple with the continuous threat of rural hospital closures and increased strain on urban hospitals, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force asked for feedback related to factors that influence patient outcomes and input about policy options that can improve care delivery and health outcomes within these communities.

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New Analysis Shows Lower-income Children in Rural Areas Lack Access to Oral Health Care

November 26, 2019

While Pennsylvania may have enough dentists per capital to treat the state’s patients, a new study found that there is wide geographic and economic disparity in access to oral health care services.

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National Family Caregivers Month is a Time to Recognize Contributions, Challenges of Family Caregivers

November 25, 2019

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. This year’s theme is #BeCareCurious.

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Streamlined Credentialing for Physician Proposal Passes House

November 22, 2019

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 533, which will eliminate unwarranted delays by health insurers in credentialing applicants for inclusion in their network.

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Rural Health Redesign Bill Moves to Governor’s Desk on National Rural Health Day; Challenges Remain

November 21, 2019

On National Rural Health Day, a number of efforts are being put forth to improve care in rural areas, including the Rural Health Redesign Bill, which would establish the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Center Fund. The bill recently passed the State Senate and the House and is now on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk.

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PA Senate Unanimously Passes Badge Bill; HAP Calls for Continued Member Efforts

November 20, 2019

A HAP-supported bill to protect health care workers in Pennsylvania hospitals was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate. Sponsored by Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill (R–York), Senate Bill 842–allows health care workers to remove their last names from their facility identification badges. In the past, individuals have used this information to harass and assault health care practitioners both inside and outside the workplace.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week and Antimicrobial Resistance Report

November 19, 2019

Antibiotics are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They are used to treat many common and serious infections, and they save lives. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30 percent of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily.

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Urban Health Care Challenges Spotlighted in Hospital Roundtable with Federal Officials

November 18, 2019

In the wake of the recent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital, Congressman Dwight Evans (D, PA-03)—a member of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee—convened hospitals and health care stakeholders to engage in a conversation with policymakers, including Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D, MA-01), about safeguarding care in urban communities.

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PA Hospitals Concerned about Consumer Confusion if New Price Transparency Rules Adopted, Remain Committed to Helping Consumers

November 15, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two rules that require hospitals and insurers to make pricing information available to the public.

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Pennsylvania Performing Well according to Updated Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

November 14, 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the first annual update to its Medicaid and CHIP scorecard with the addition of new data points, measures, and improved functions to access data. Pennsylvania is performing well.

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New Survey Looks at Public’s Views about Health Reform

November 13, 2019

A recent survey explored the public’s opinion about health reform. 

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