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Report Details How Hospitals Address Food Insecurity through Community Benefit

September 21, 2018

Food and nutrition play an important role in maintaining good health. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a recent report  by Health Care Without Harm provides a national assessment of healthy food and hospital and health system community benefit by examining the variety of programs described within hospitals’ community health needs assessments (CHNA).

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Caring for Mothers Struggling with Opioid Use Disorder—New SAMHSA Fact Sheets

September 21, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) this week announced the release of four fact sheets emphasizing the importance of continuing an expectant mother's treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) throughout pregnancy. 

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Seniors' Opioid-related Hospital Stays, ED Visits Rise Dramatically

September 20, 2018

According to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), opioid misuse among older adults is a growing problem. Opioid-related hospital stays and emergency department (ED) visits for patients 65 and older have increased sharply. In contrast, seniors’ non-opioid related hospitalizations have declined.

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U.S. Senate Committee Considers Role of Transparency in Addressing Health Care Costs

September 19, 2018

In the fourth hearing in a series exploring how to reduce health care costs, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee dedicated attention to the role of transparency in lowering health care spending and empowering patients. 

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Opioid Efforts Advance in Washington: U.S. Senate Passes Comprehensive Policy Package and Opioid Investments

September 18, 2018

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan policy package aimed at stemming the opioid epidemic, and separately, a funding bill that includes nearly $4 billion in related resources. Policies included in the package are intended to improve access to treatment, bolster the behavioral and mental health workforce, and take tangible actions to prevent opioid misuse.

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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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New Census Reporting Confirms that PA’s Uninsured Rate Held Steady at 5.5% for 2017; Cuts to Navigator Funding Pose Challenges for 2019 Open Enrollment

September 17, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau last week announced good news for Pennsylvania’s health care. Despite uncertainty stemming from federal policy actions that could have undermined marketplace enrollment during 2017, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate held steady at a low 5.5 percent.

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Advocates for Medical Research Call for Investments in the National Institutes of Health

September 14, 2018

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health a national priority.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Answer the Call to Support Organ Donation

September 14, 2018

According to a recent Associated Press report, individuals who receive a kidney or part of a liver from a living donor not only cut years off their wait for a transplant, but those organs also tend to survive longer. Yet, living donors make up a fraction of transplants, and their numbers have plateaued amid barriers that can block otherwise-willing people from giving.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Preparing for Peak Hurricane Season

September 13, 2018

With hurricane season entering its peak, and Hurricane Florence projected to make landfall tomorrow, Pennsylvania’s health care community is closely monitoring the next round of hurricanes that could impact the commonwealth.

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Telemedicine Applications, Benefits Highlighted at House Professional Licensure Hearing

September 12, 2018

Several members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community participated in today’s state House Professional Licensure Committee hearing about Senate Bill 780 (Vogel), telemedicine legislation.

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House Committee Hearing Addresses Value of Telemedicine in PA; Need for Coverage Consistency

September 12, 2018

News Release:  Members of Pennsylvania’s hospital community were in Harrisburg today to appear before a key state House of Representatives panel to discuss the value of telemedicine in patient care.

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HAP Outlines Priorities for Physician Payment Policy

September 11, 2018

This week, HAP provided feedback for newly proposed policies that will impact how physicians are paid and seek to promote the goals of an initiative to encourage providers to focus on “Patients over Paperwork.”

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Telemedicine to Be Discussed Wednesday at State House Hearing

September 10, 2018

On Wednesday, September 12, representatives from several Pennsylvania hospitals will appear before the state House Professional Licensure Committee to discuss the benefits of telemedicine. 

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Joint News Release: Record Outcomes for 2018 HAP Donate Life PA Hospital Challenge

September 07, 2018

Joint News Release:  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge.

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