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New Guide Lists Federal Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities

November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced a new resource document that lists federal funding and partnership opportunities that can be used to help combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.

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Midterm Elections: Governor Wolf and Senator Casey Reelected, Dozens of New Lawmakers Head to Harrisburg, Washington, D.C.

November 07, 2018

In a much-anticipated midterm election that featured high voter turnout, Pennsylvanians yesterday elected Governor Tom Wolf (D) to another four-year term with new Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D), and reelected U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D).

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News Release: HAP Statement on 2018 Midterm Elections

November 07, 2018

News Release:  Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the 2018 midterm election results were finalized. 

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Under CMS Proposal, Seniors Could Gain More Access to Telemedicine

October 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule last week that would increase access to telemedicine services for older adults with Medicare Advantage health plans.

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Responding to New Federal Guidance, Governor Vows to Safeguard ACA Consumer Protections

October 29, 2018

Last week, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will work to maintain consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the face of the Trump Administration’s new guidance for state innovation waivers.

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Hospitals Seek Policy Changes to Remove Barriers to Quality Improvement Efforts

October 26, 2018

Hospitals and health systems have made great strides to improve quality of care, such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries.  

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HAP Will Monitor Trump Administration Health Insurance Changes; Consumer Education Will be Critical

October 23, 2018

The Trump Administration made back-to-back announcements this week about changes to insurance market policies stemming from the Affordable Care Act. Consumer education will be important.

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New Provider Incentive Payment for Preventive Screening Rates for Children Does Not Violate Anti-Kickback Law

October 22, 2018

A federal agency has cleared the way for a new provider incentive payment focused on keeping children healthier and reducing the impact of chronic disease. 

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Uninsured Rates for Lowest Income Pennsylvanians Have Decreased More than 50 Percent Since Medicaid Expansion

October 18, 2018

While disparities in insurance rates by income levels remain, they have diminished significantly, in Pennsylvania largely due to Medicaid expansion efforts. This information was recently shared in a research brief, Healthcare Insurance Coverage in Pennsylvania 2010 to 2016, prepared by The Pennsylvania State Data Center at Penn State Harrisburg.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Calls for Shared Responsibility

October 05, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).The NCSAM theme for 2018 is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which emphasizes that cyberspace cannot be secured without the help of all users.

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Federal Opioid Policy Package Clears Congress for Enactment into Law

October 04, 2018

After months of legislative attention and policy negotiation, Congress passed new legislation to address the opioid epidemic.

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New Study Reinforces Importance of Appropriate Reimbursement for Hospital-level Care

October 03, 2018

A new study exploring the characteristics of Medicare patients receiving care in hospital outpatient departments reinforces concerns that new payment proposals—which would significantly cut hospital payments—could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.

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CMS Launches eMedicare Initiative to Expand Online Resources

October 02, 2018

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new resource to offer Medicare beneficiaries and their families easier access to more information about their plan and coverage.

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PA Receives $55.9 Million in Federal Funds to Continue Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 28, 2018

Last week, Pennsylvania secured $55.9 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant implementation the state’s response to the opioid epidemic. This funding complements two $26.5 million grants that have been received during the past two years from SAMHSA as part of the 21st Century CURES Act. With the new SAMHSA grant, Pennsylvania has received a total of $108 million in federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Federal, State Efforts to Improve Prescription Drug Transparency Move Forward

September 28, 2018

At the federal level, the U.S. House cleared a pair of Senate bills aimed at making it easier for patients to get the lowest price on prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter, sending the legislation to President Donald Trump. At the state level, the Senate Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill that would do the same, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration.

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