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HAP Signs “Equity of Care” Pledge, Commits to Work to Eliminate Disparities of Care

October 21, 2015

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Board of Directors took action to support HAP’s commitment to work to eliminate disparities of care and improve hospital leadership diversity.

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HealthCare.gov Adds New Privacy Protections as November 1 Enrollment Period Nears

October 13, 2015

HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange website created to help consumers find affordable health care, has added new privacy protections.

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CDC Report Finds More Hospitals Support Natural Feeding

October 09, 2015

A report issued earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that hospitals are making steady progress to better support new mothers who choose to breastfeed.

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Study Shows Expansion of Insurance Coverage Can Have Positive Impact on Chronic Conditions

September 21, 2015

A recent study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at the relationship between having health insurance and diagnosis and treatment of chronic medical conditions—diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.

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CMS Updates Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Numbers

September 17, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated enrollment data for the federal health insurance marketplace.

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HAP Commends CMS for Proposals to Support Advance Care Planning, Expand Hospital Telehealth Payments, and Remove Regulatory Barriers to Improved Care

September 09, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about CMS’ proposed rule for Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule. The comments also address other revisions negatively impacting hospitals in calendar year 2016.

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CMS Provides Funding to Assist Consumers with Obtaining Health Insurance Coverage

September 03, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $67 million in grant funding to support enrollment efforts to help individuals understand the coverage options and financial assistance as they purchase health insurance coverage through the marketplace.

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Pennsylvania to Test New Medicare Advantage Insurance Model

September 02, 2015

Pennsylvania will be a test state for a new Medicare Advantage insurance model aimed at achieving higher-quality and more cost-efficient health care.

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Pennsylvania Medicaid Enrollment Continues to Grow

September 01, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its June 2015 report about Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment.

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CMS Releases ACO Performance Results

August 27, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the quality and financial performance by Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) for 2014.

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All Pennsylvania’s CHIP Plans Meet Federal Requirements for Enhanced Benefits

August 21, 2015

Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plans will be providing enhanced benefits to meet federal requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

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Urban Institute Looks at Factors Affecting Uninsured Adults

August 19, 2015

The Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute released a report that focuses on uninsured adults and their potential eligibility for financial assistance for coverage, the reasons they give for not being insured, and potential barriers to and opportunities for expanding coverage to these adults.

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Uninsured Rates Drop; Most States Now Below 10 Percent

August 11, 2015

Gallup released its latest findings regarding the uninsured, reflecting progress nationwide. These findings are based on polling through early 2015.

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HAP Calls for Improved Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health Care in HealthChoices Program

August 10, 2015

HAP submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in response to changes it intends to make to the physical health HealthChoices program.

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Hospital Inpatient Mortality Rates Declining for High-Volume Conditions

August 07, 2015

Another national report is telling a positive story about the impact that quality improvement efforts are having in hospitals across the country, including those in the Northeast region.

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