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Three-Bill Opioid Package Passes PA House of Representatives with Ease

June 23, 2016

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continued their effort to curb the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania by passing a package of three bills. HAP commended the action.

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PHC4 Releases New Report on Spinal Fusions in Pennsylvania

June 22, 2016

The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) today released a new report about spinal fusion surgeries in Pennsylvania hospitals.

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DHHS Releases Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care

June 16, 2016

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health released a collection of state-based activities to implement the National CLAS Standards.

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Spotlight on Superbugs and Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

June 14, 2016

On the heels of the discovery of a new antibiotic-resistant gene in a Pennsylvania woman diagnosed with an E. coli infection, federal initiatives to confront the public health threat of antibiotic resistant infections, including newly issued requirements for hospitals, were the subject of a Congressional hearing.

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State and Federal Officials Brief Media on MCR-1 Gene in E. coli Bacteria

May 31, 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a briefing call for state and national media about the discovery of the MCR-1 gene in a Pennsylvania woman.

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Antibiotic-resistant E. Coli Found in Pennsylvania

May 27, 2016

Active surveillance and a high index of suspicion has led to the first U.S. case of an emerging “super bug.” An antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli, a common type of intestinal bacteria that can cause various infections in humans and animals, was recently isolated in a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania. 

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Hospital Association Launches Digital Community for Health In Pennsylvania: Healthy Me PA

May 26, 2016

News Release: HAP introduces Healthy Me PA, a dynamic, interactive digital community with a focus on health care topics and issues important to individuals across the commonwealth. Join today!

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PA Hospitals’ Economic Contributions Grow to $115B, Up $4B from 2014

May 17, 2016

News Release: With a healthy economy high on the public’s list of priorities during this presidential election year, HAP releases its 2015 economic impact analysis showing that Pennsylvania hospitals continue to be a major contributor to the state and local economies.

All hospitals—not-for-profit and investor-owned combined—contributed nearly $115 billion to local and state economies during 2015, an increase of $4 billion from 2014.

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CMS Emphasizes Flexibility, Simplification in Physician Payment Reform

May 12, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator, Andy Slavitt, recently testified before the U.S. House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee during a hearing reviewing the implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

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HAP Supports Full Practice Authority for CNPs After Meeting Physician Collaboration Requirements

May 02, 2016

News Release: HAP issues its full support to allow certified nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

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HAP Speaks about Curbing Opioid, Heroin Abuse at U.S. Senator Toomey Event

April 29, 2016

News Release: HAP voices concern that linking value-based incentives to patient satisfaction in pain management may be a factor in the opioid crisis.

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CMS Releases Data on Health Disparities; HAP Encourages Hospitals to Engage on Issue

April 21, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a report identifying the quality of care received under Medicare Advantage by racial or ethnic group. 

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CMS Delays Posting of Hospital Star Ratings until at Least July

April 20, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a new timeline for the first public posting of overall hospital star ratings at the Hospital Compare website. Scheduled to be released tomorrow, April 21, 2016, the public posting of star ratings will now be delayed until at least July 2016.

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HAP and Einstein Healthcare Network Part of Legal Challenge That Led CMS to Reverse Hospital Inpatient Payment Cut

April 19, 2016

As a result of a legal challenge by the American Hospital Association (AHA), which HAP and the Einstein Healthcare Network joined, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed its 0.2 percent payment cut for inpatient services. 

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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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