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Bipartisan Governors Call for Consensus and Focus on Value in Health Care Reform

February 23, 2018

Governors John Hickenlooper (D, CO), John Kasich (R, OH), Brian Sandoval (R, NV), Bill Walker (I, AK), and Tom Wolf (D, PA) issued a new health care blueprint outlining bipartisan principles and strategies to improve our nation’s health care system by promoting affordability, stability, and flexibility.

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HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

February 22, 2018

Pennsylvania is home to some of the most cutting-edge hospitals in the country. This week we’re sharing Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s award-winning program developed to improve the use of vascular access devices—the flexible tubes, or catheters, inserted into patients’ veins for therapeutic or diagnostic reasons.

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Health Care Spending Associated with Obesity Grows 29% from 2001 to 2015

February 21, 2018

Research published earlier this year shows that a substantial and rising percentage of health care spending is associated with obesity. 

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Department of Revenue, Independent Fiscal Office among Agencies Heard by General Assembly on First Day of Budget Hearings

February 20, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate and House Appropriations Committees held their first day of budget hearings to review Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018–2019 state budget. 

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Hospital Leaders See Big Value in Telemedicine; HAP Works to Address Issues Thwarting Progress

February 20, 2018

A national survey of 98 hospital leaders shows that more than half have already implemented telemedicine in their organizations. In addition, most (86%) “non-adopters” say future implementation of telemedicine is a medium to high priority.

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Rollout of PA’s Community-based Long-term Care Program Is Off to a Successful Start

February 19, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has provided a status report on the successful rollout of its Community HealthChoices (CHC) program in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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HAP Achievement Awards Winner Spotlight: Conemaugh Health System

February 16, 2018

Engaged employees and committed leaders are crucial to any organization. Dedication to each other and patients is crucial in hospitals and health systems. An award-winning program developed by Conemaugh Health System identifies and develops future leaders from within the organization through its Aspiring Leader Program.

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Congress Reviews Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Health & Human Services

February 15, 2018

In a series of budget hearings before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended the newly proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 HHS budget request.

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Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Begin Sales

February 15, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf announced that approved dispensaries throughout the state will this week begin selling medical marijuana to certified Pennsylvanians.

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U.S. House Committee Hears Academic Perspectives on Health Care Market Dynamics

February 14, 2018

In a hearing before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, federal lawmakers heard testimony from academic scholars about the forces that result in consolidation within the health care market and the impact of those market dynamics.

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Study Finds Missed Medical Appointments Not Affected by Free Ride Services

February 14, 2018

Patient ride-sharing services have become popular among hospitals and others as a way to help patients keep their medical appointments. Transportation to medical appointments often has been cited as a barrier to medical care. New study results indicate that such services may not be as effective as previously thought.

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Changes to MIPS in New Budget Deal

February 13, 2018

Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that ended a brief federal government shutdown. Included in the legislation are modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that will affect physician payments.

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President Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

February 12, 2018

President Trump released a $4 trillion federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request which defines funding priorities for discretionary spending and outlines legislative proposals. The budget proposal places a focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and addressing drug prices, and envisions significant policy changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

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News Release: U.S. Congress Includes Key Hospital Priorities in Spending Plan

February 09, 2018

News Release:  Early this morning, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that raises the debt ceiling, reallocates the current budget caps for defense and domestic discretionary programs, and temporarily funds the government through March 23. The spending plan also contains several hospital priorities.

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PA Sees More Than 389,000 Open Enrollment Sign-ups During 2017; Hospitals Play Key Role

February 09, 2018

Despite the shortened health insurance Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2017–December 15, 2017, Pennsylvania was able to pull in 389,081 health insurance sign-ups.

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