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As PA’s Overdose Deaths Rise, U.S. Senate Leaders Look to Technology to Address Opioid Crisis

February 27, 2018

As the health care community and federal, state, and local governments continue to work to find ways to curb the opioid crisis and help patients get on a path to recovery, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee today held a hearing titled, “The Opioid Crisis:  The Role of Technology and Data in Preventing and Treating Addiction.” 

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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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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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New Data Reveals More Rural Hospitals Losing Money

February 07, 2018

During the National Rural Health Association’s 2018 rural health policy institute, new data was presented that reveals that the number of rural hospitals losing money grew to 44 percent over the last year.

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Telemedicine Bill Gets Full Support in State Senate Committee

January 30, 2018

The Pennsylvania Senate Banking and Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation that would increase access to telemedicine services in the commonwealth.

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News Release: Telemedicine Legislation Clears Key Committee Vote

January 30, 2018

News Release:  Legislation to put Pennsylvania on track to becoming a telemedicine-friendly state cleared an important vote today. Senate Bill 780, sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), gained unanimous approval from the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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Study Identifies Telemedicine Potential in EDs

January 26, 2018

A recently released study from the journal Telemedicine and e-Health identified the potential success of using telemedicine in rural hospitals.

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Health System Leaders Identify Cybersecurity, Predictive Analytics, and Virtual Care Payments as Top 2018 IT Issues

December 27, 2017

Survey results about emerging health information technology (IT) trends, reveal that health system leaders across the country are inclined to boost funding for cybersecurity technology during 2018. Those same leaders are carefully weighing the value of investing in artificial intelligence technologies and consumer devices such as wearables.

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Telehealth Programs Likely to Expand, But Payment a Barrier

November 29, 2017

Most health care organizations and providers plan to expand their use of telehealth. But some also expressed concerns about reimbursement and other potential limitations, according to a recent study by KLAS Research and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. 

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U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Plan to Improve Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that will improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions and also will lower costs.

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Report Identifies Opportunities for Providers to Better Meet Consumer Expectations

August 23, 2017

Kaufman Hall’s 2017 State of Consumerism in Healthcare, a compilation of online survey responses from 125 organizations, found that health care providers may not be meeting consumer expectations. As increasing out-of-pockets costs force patients to become more educated about their health care, and more sophisticated as consumers about their choices, providers need to make consumer expectations a higher priority.

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Employers Plan to Adopt Consumer-Focused Strategies to Reduce Health Care Costs

August 10, 2017

Two health care employer surveys released recently reveal that, faced with a five to 5.5 percent increase in health care benefit costs in 2018, United States employers plan to adopt new strategies to manage costs.

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PA Hospitals Support House Bill on Telemedicine

July 10, 2017

Rep. Marguerite Quinn introduced a top priority for the hospital community, House Bill 1648, which defines the key components of telemedicine, sets licensing requirements, and requires health insurers to provide reimbursement for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person. Pennsylvania hospitals urge the legislature to continue to move this important piece of legislation through the process.

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Telemedicine Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania

June 22, 2017

Today, Senator Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) introduced a top priority for the hospital community, telemedicine legislation.

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in PA Signed into Law

June 13, 2017

Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 23 into law. Act 4 of 2017 ensures that patients are taken to stroke centers that deliver appropriate levels of care. 

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