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Second U.S. Senate Hearing on Preparedness and Response Highlights Health Care Providers’ Perspectives

January 23, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) served as the Ranking Member overseeing the second in a series of hearings by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that will lay the foundation for the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA).

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House Republicans Continue Push for Opioid Reduction in Workers' Compensation System

January 23, 2018

After an informational hearing by the House Labor and Industry Committee yesterday, legislation reforming how drugs are prescribed within Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation system, Senate Bill 936 (White, R-Indiana), was voted out of committee.

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CHIP Funded in Deal to Reopen the Government; Outstanding Priorities Remain Unresolved

January 22, 2018

Congress has included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a legislative package that reopens the government after a two-and-a-half day federal government shutdown, and sets February 8 as the next deadline for Congressional action.

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Patient and Family Engagement:  Nice to Have—or Strategic Necessity?

October 13, 2017 | Janette Bisbee

Patient and Family Engagement: Nice to Have—or Strategic Necessity?

For some time now, Medicare has been financially rewarding hospitals for good patient experiences as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAPHS). Next year, about 2 percent of Pennsylvania hospitals’ Medicare fee-for-service payments will be affected by how well they do on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ value-based purchasing calculations.

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