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Hospital-backed CARE Act Aims to Improve Patients’ Home Recoveries, Heads to Governor for Signing

April 12, 2016

Today the Pennsylvania State House concurred on Senate amendments to House Bill 1329. The bill establishes the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, and now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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Hospital-backed CARE Act Aims to Improve Patients’ Home Recoveries, Heads to Governor for Signing

April 12, 2016

Today the Pennsylvania State House concurred on Senate amendments to House Bill 1329. The bill establishes the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, and now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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CMS Looking to Expand Reach with Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative

April 11, 2016

Building on prior initiatives to support comprehensive primary care services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an initiative—Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+)—to build capacity and care processes, redesign payment, and facilitate learning in order to deliver better care.

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CMS Applies Mental Health Parity to Certain Medicaid Plans and CHIP

March 30, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule yesterday to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for people with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.

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Pennsylvania Reaps Financial Savings from Medicaid Expansion

March 29, 2016

Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid on January 1, 2015. According to a new study prepared by Manatt Health, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pennsylvania saved $108 million on state-funded General Assistance during the last six months of fiscal year (FY) 2014–2015.

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Ensure Fairness in Merger Reviews

March 24, 2016

Legislation that would provide for fair and consistent review of transactions by federal antitrust agencies passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 235-171.

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HAP Applauds Sen. Vogel’s Efforts to Introduce Telemedicine Legislation to Improve Access to Care in PA

March 11, 2016

Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) circulated a Senate memo to seek legislative cosponsors for a bill that would improve access to health care through better insurance coverage for services delivered through telemedicine.

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CMS Proposes New Value-Oriented Prescription Drug Payment Model

March 11, 2016

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule to test a new model for how Medicare Part B pays for prescription drugs provided to patients in outpatient settings in hopes it will lead to a reduction in Medicare expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care.

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New Center Aims to Help Hospitals, Others Help Super-Utilizers

March 10, 2016

The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers has announced plans for a national center to improve care for “super-utilizers,” hospital patients who struggle to optimize their health despite frequent visits to hospitals and Emergency Departments.

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Tuesday Budget Hearings Discuss Heroin Epidemic, Telehealth

March 09, 2016

During yesterday’s joint House Appropriations Budget Hearings, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Garry Tennis focused on the heroin epidemic and Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy noted that tele-health is an important part of her department’s strategy for rural hospitals.

 

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Study Finds Physicians Spend Billions Each Year to Report Quality Measures, Supports HAP’s Call for Simplification of Quality Metrics

March 08, 2016

A recent Health Affairs article reports on a study that found physician practices each week spend more than 15 hours per physician to track and report quality measures at an estimated cost of at least $15.4 billion a year. 

 

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HHS Reaches Goal to Improve Quality and Affordability of Health Care for Americans Almost a Year Early

March 04, 2016

The President has announced that HHS has reached a major milestone in the effort to improve the quality and affordability of care for all Americans almost a year early.

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New Report Recommends Six Steps to Strengthen Health Care Quality and Improve Cost Efficiency

February 18, 2016

The Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI) has released a report containing six policy recommendations to improve the nation’s health care.

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HAP Applauds Focus on Multi-payer Alignment of Clinical Quality Measures

February 16, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released seven sets of clinical quality measures today as part of the work completed by a broad Core Quality Measures Collaborative.This step toward better-aligned clinical quality measures is consistent with HAP’s work.

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CDC Issues Report on Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities

February 15, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a supplemental report to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on public health strategies to reduce health disparities. 

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